Lamb Baked with Rice | Tave Kosi

This is a quicker version than the original Albanian Tave Kosi, which is essentially succulent lamb pieces infused with butter and garlic with rice, topped with a creamy yoghurt and egg sauce. My lamb baked with rice recipe will make a great weekday meal or even one to impress at a dinner party. 

It’s Albanian week!

This week i’ll only be gracing you with one Albanian recipe but it’s a good’un! Tave Kosi is the national dish of Albania; it wouldn’t be right if I didn’t cook it! At first, the prospect of yoghurt and egg together seems strange. It didn’t seem like a good combo too me, however I was proved wrong! It didn’t taste like a weird omelette at all; it was really good! My husband really enjoyed it too! It was one of those meals that took us by surprise. Think of it sorta like a moussaka.

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Lamb baked with rice

Albanians very much live on a mediterranean diet; something you might not have realised. You’ll find garlic and onion featuring in nearly every dish, and olive oil is widely used due to it being produced in the country.

Dinner in Albania is usually a small dish; lunch is the biggest meal of the day – something you see a lot in mediterranean countries. Tave kosi is also very popular in Greece and Turkey due to many Albanians there.

Lamb baked with rice

The dish is quite easy to make. The only thing that requires any technical skill is making the roux, but It really isn’t hard – just follow my instructions and you’ll be fine! I always try and make my method as easy-to-read as possible, as well as being detailed if needed.

Lamb baked with rice / Tave Kosi

Things to consider before cooking –

  • A 7.5 inch (diameter) casserole pot is needed if making for two like the below recipe. Increase in size for more people. The pot which I used and love because of its colour and durability, is this one from Le Creuset*.

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The Recipe

Lamb and rice bake / Tave Kosi

  • Serves: 2
  • Difficulty: Medium

This national dish of Albania is perfect for entertaining or a great weekday dinner for two.

What you will need

  • 15g of butter
  • 1 tbsp of olive oil
  • 350g of diced lamb
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 1/2 tsp of oregano
  • 50ml of water
  • 12g of plain flour
  • 150g natural Greek yoghurt
  • 50g of long grain rice
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • Whole nutmeg to grate
  • Salt and pepper to season


  • 1Pre-heat your oven to 180 C/160 fan/gas mark 4. In the casserole pot, heat the oil and butter. Once hot, brown the diced lamb.
  • 2Add the crushed garlic clove, oregano and water. Leave to simmer for 30 minutes until the lamb is tender.
  • 3Add the rice and season to taste with salt and pepper. In a separate small pan, melt the rest of the butter. Once the butter has melted, add the flour and whisk until it’s all combined. Remove the pan from the heat and add the yoghurt. Whisk until combined. Season to taste. Add the beaten egg and whisk again.
  • 4Pour the sauce over the lamb, distributing it evenly. Smooth out with a spoon if needed. Grate over some nutmeg (as much as you like). Bake in the oven for 20 minutes until brown on top.


Lamb and Rice Bake   


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