Beef kofta


Spicy garlic flavors from this middle eastern beef kofta recipe. Serve with plain rice, a salad or potatoes. Recipe for 4 people, ready in 20 minutes.

20 minutes 4 people Main course
Beef kofta


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  • 500 gram minced beef
  • 1/2 a red onion
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • small handful of fresh mint leaves
  • few sprigs of fresh parsley
  • 1/2 a teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 a teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 a teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • a small handful of pine nuts
  • pepper and salt to taste
  • olive oil for greasing
Beef kofta ingredients
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Kitchen equipment

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  • Large bowl
  • Cutting board & chef's knife
  • Small skillet
  • Grill pan
  • Optional: skewers


20 minutes 4 people Main course

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Preparing the beef kofta -- 10 minutes

Finely chop the red onion and garlic cloves, as fine as you can, or use a grater. RINSE the mint leaves and parsley and finely chop them. ROAST the pine nuts in a dry small skillet for a minute.

Be careful they won't turn too dark. Coarsely chop the pine nuts and combine the pine nuts, minced beef, red onion, garlic, mint, parsley and the ground herbs. SEASON with pepper and salt. 

Divide into 8 equal parts and use your hands to create the desired size. You can use skewers, or roll them into flat little balls or whichever you prefer. You can set them in the fridge for half an hour, this way they will keep their shape during grilling, but that's optional. 

Beef kofta
Beef kofta

Grilling the beef kofta -- 10 minutes

HEAT the grill pan on high heat. GREASE the kofta with a little bit of olive oil. PLACE them on the hot grill pan and cook them for about 4 minutes on both sides.

Serve with a green salad and plain cooked rice or you can serve it with a delicious couscous salad. In Greece, they usually serve kofte with tzatziki. See below for our Tzatziki recipe: 


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