Tave kosi (lamb and yougurt)

An Albanian classic, this hearty winter dish of baked lamb, yogurt and rice is perfect served with a cold, crisp salad. This recipe is rich in flavor! Tave Kosi is the mac-n-cheese of the U.S.- Albania’s comfort food. Its origins are Elbasan, a town about 1.5 hours drive south-east of the capital of Tirana.


  • 1-1/2 lbs lamb
  • 4 tablespoons butter (1/2 stick)
  • 2 tablespoons rice
  • Salt, pepper

For Yogurt sauce:

  • 1 tablespoon flour
  • 4 tablespoons butter (1/2 stick)
  • 2 lbs. yogurt
  • 5 eggs
  • Salt, pepper

Cooking Instructions:

Cut meat in 4 serving pieces, sprinkle each piece with salt and pepper, and bake in a moderately-heated oven with half the butter, sprinkling the meat with its gravy now and then. When meat is half-baked, add rice; remove the baking pan from the oven and leave it aside while you prepare the yogurt sauce.

Yougurt Sauce:

Sauté flour in butter until mixed thoroughly. Mix yogurt with salt, pepper and eggs until a uniform mixture is obtained, and finally stir in the flour. Put the sauce mixture in the baking pan; sauté it with the meat pieces and bake at 375 degrees for about 45 minutes. Serve hot.
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