Donna Hay: Basics To Brilliance Kids

Take your tastebuds on a trip to the Mediterranean with Donna's lamb pita recipe.


  • ½ cup (70g) finely grated carrot (about 1 carrot)

  • 1/3 cup (25g) fresh sourdough or wholemeal breadcrumbs

  • 350g lamb mince

  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped mint

  • 1 tablespoon honey

  • 1 small clove garlic, crushed (optional)

  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin

  • sea salt and cracked black pepper, to taste

  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil

  • 12 mini pita breads

  • ¾ cup (210g) store-bought tzatziki dip or natural Greek-style (thick) yoghurt

  • 1 cucumber, finely chopped


  • 1.

    Place the carrot in a big bowl and, using the back of a wooden spoon, press it to bring out the juice. Add the breadcrumbs and mix until they’re soft from the juicy carrot.

  • 2.

    Add the lamb, mint, honey, garlic, cumin, salt and pepper. With clean hands or a spatula, mix everything really well to combine.

  • 3.

    Shape 1 heaped tablespoon of the mixture into a ball. Thread it onto a small skewer and mould it to make an oval shape. Repeat with the remaining mixture to make 10–12 skewers.

  • 4.

    Place the oil in a large non-stick frying pan over medium heat. Cook the skewers, in batches, for 3–4 minutes each side or until golden brown and cooked through.

  • 5.

    Top each pita with tzatziki, cucumber and a lamb skewer. Serve with lemon wedges and a simple tomato salad, if you like.

Nutritional information

Nutritional analysis per serving (4 servings)

  • Energy 744kj
  • Fat Total 30g
  • Saturated Fat 11g
  • Protein 31g
  • Carbohydrate 93g
  • Sugar 10g
  • Sodium 917mg

Note: The information shown is Edamam's estimate based on available ingredients and preparation. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist's advice.

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