Baked Lamb and Rice with Yogurt

Kosovo Tavë Kosi is a delicious baked lamb dish with rice and yogurt.  The lamb is first cooked with garlic and rice and then seasoned with oregano.  The dish is smothered in a yogurt egg mixture that turns golden brown and souffle like in the oven. 
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time1 hr 30 mins
Total Time1 hr 40 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Kosovo
Keyword: eggs, greek yogurt, Lamb, rice
Servings: 8


  • 6 tbsp unsalted butter
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 lb lamb shoulder, trimmed and cut into 1" pieces
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 1/3 cup flour
  • 3 tbsp long grain white rice
  • 4 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 3 tbsp finely chopped oregano
  • 4 cup plain yogurt
  • 1/8 tsp freshly grated nutmeg
  • 5 eggs


  • Heat oven to 375 degrees.
  • Heat 3 tbsp. butter and the oil in a 6-qt. saucepan over medium-high heat.
  • Season lamb with salt and pepper and toss with 1⁄4 cup flour.
  • Cook lamb, turning as needed, until browned, 10–12 minutes.
  • Add rice, garlic, and 1⁄2 cup water; boil.
  • Reduce heat to medium-low; cook, covered, until rice is just tender, about 15-20 minutes.
  • Stir in oregano, salt, and pepper and transfer to a 9" x 13" baking dish; set aside.
  • Melt remaining butter in a saucepan over medium-high heat.
  • Whisk in remaining flour; cook until smooth, 2 minutes.
  • Remove from heat; whisk in yogurt, nutmeg, eggs, salt, and pepper until smooth.
  • Pour yogurt sauce evenly over lamb mixture.
  • Bake until golden and the lamb is tender, 45–60 minutes.

Photo credit and inspiration: internationalcuisine