How To Make Delicious Beef Koftas for Dinner

by Shamsul
Beef Kofta Recipe
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Here’s a recipe for delicious beef koftas, seasoned long-shaped meatballs made in oval or cylindrical shapes often found in Middle Eastern, South Asian, and Central Asian cuisines. Meat koftas, Beef koftas, and chicken koftas are good for barbecue parties and summer grills. You can serve them with lots of salad and boiled rice. This simple meat recipe makes a great dinner for your friends and family.

Beef Koftas Recipe


For the Koftas:

  • 500g (1 lb) ground beef
  • 1 small onion, finely grated
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp ground coriander
  • 1 tsp ground paprika
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp ground allspice
  • 1/2 tsp ground black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp ground turmeric
  • 1/4 tsp ground cayenne pepper (optional)
  • 1/4 cup fresh parsley, finely chopped
  • 1/4 cup fresh cilantro, finely chopped
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • Salt to taste

For the Yogurt Sauce:

  • 1 cup plain yogurt
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tbsp fresh mint, finely chopped
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Preparation Method:

1- Prepare the Koftas:

  1. In a large bowl, combine the ground beef, grated onion, minced garlic, cumin, coriander, paprika, cinnamon, allspice, black pepper, turmeric, cayenne pepper, parsley, cilantro, egg, and salt.
  2. Mix well until all ingredients are combined. It’s best to use your hands to ensure the mixture is well blended, or you can use the chopper to combine the well.

2- Shape the Koftas:

  1. Take small portions of the mixture (about the size of a golf ball) and shape them into oval or cylindrical shapes. You can also shape them into round meatballs if you prefer.
  2. Place the shaped koftas on a plate or tray.

3- Cook the Koftas:

  1. Grilling: Preheat a grill or skillet over medium-high heat. Lightly oil the grill grates. Grill the koftas for about 4-5 minutes on each side or until fully cooked through. You can cook under a hot grill or on a barbecue for about 8-10 minutes, turning occasionally, until browned and cooked through.
  2. Pan-frying: Add a few tablespoons of oil to a large skillet over medium heat. Fry the koftas in batches, turning occasionally, until they are browned on all sides and cooked through, for about 8-10 minutes in total.
  3. Baking: Start an oven and preheat the oven to 375°F (190°C). Place all the koftas on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Bake for around 20-25 minutes, turning once halfway through, until fully cooked.

Prepare the Yogurt Sauce:

  1. In a medium bowl, combine the yogurt, minced garlic, lemon juice, chopped mint, salt, and pepper. Mix well.


1. Serve the beef koftas hot with the yogurt sauce on the side. They go well with pita bread, rice, or a fresh salad.

Enjoy your homemade beef koftas!

You can serve a variety of meats to your friends and family on various occasions.

Tags: Appetizers, Beef Dishes, Healthy Eating, Lamb/Mutton Dishes, RECIPES

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