Etymology / History

The word kofta comes from Persian an it means “to beat” or “to grind”, hence grinding the meat of the meatball. Kofta consists of minced meat, usually beef or lamb, mixed with spices and onions. Very often are shaped in the balls and grilled.

Also traditional in

Afghan, Azerbijan, Balkan, Pakistan, Israel, Indian, Iran, Arabic countries and Turkey

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Preparation time:



  • 500g minced beef
  • 2 tbsp finely chopped parsley
  • 4 tbsp finely chopped sun-dried tomatos
  • 1/2 tbsp ground piement
  • 1/2 tbsp ground cumin
  • 1/2 tbsp ground coriander
  • 1/4 tbsp ground cinamon
  • 1 tbsp ground mint
  • 1 tbsp Aleppo pepper

How to prepare Kofta?

1. Mix all ingredients together in one ball leaving salt on the side (this way meat stays moist). Leave it over night.

2. Form balls from 1 tbsp. of beef mixture.

3. Grill until lightly charred – about 5 minutes each side.

4. Salt the meat and serve with a salad.


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