Date: 03 Aug 2017 Author: Jacqui Categories: Food, International Cuisine, Main Dishes 0


Koftas are cousins of the popular meatball.  You will find them in Middle Eastern, South and Central Asian and Indian cuisines, each made with their own traditional blend of spices.  They are cheap and easy to make and perfect for summer as you can also cook them on the Barbecue.  I served these with a Cucumber and Yoghurt Salsa, some Hummus and Gluten Free Couscous.  You can make these with minced lamb as well.


  • 400g beef mince
  • 1 small onion, finely chopped
  • 1-2 garlic clove, minced
  • 1/2 cup Gluten Free fresh breadcrumbs or ground oats
  • 1/4 cup chopped pine nuts or kibbled almonds
  • 1 tsp each of ground cumin & coriander
  • Pinch cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 tsp paprika
  • 2 tbsp freshly chopped parsley
  • Salt & freshly ground pepper
  • 1 egg, beaten


Using your hands, mix all the ingredients together, adding the egg at the end. Take small handfuls and form longish patties until you have used up all the meat mixture.  Thread these on metal skewers. You can either fry these over the stove in a little oil or else, place on baking sheet, brush lightly with oil and bake them and in a 230C preheated oven.

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