Beef Koftas with Homemade Pitas and Tzatziki
Beef koftas, most definitely is the street one food I cannot resist. The intoxication aromas of the meat grilling and then topping it with cool, tangy tzatziki.
Beef koftas made with love and hints of ground coriander, cumin, paprika, allspice and season with salt and pepper. Oh my word, you can whisk your family off on an imaginary trip to an exotic Greek Island at your dinner table. Making these beef koftas are so simple and after watching the clever video clip we made for you, your kids will love helping you. The next day, these beef koftas are delicious in lunch boxes and they can also be made in advance and frozen before grilling. I freeze the uncooked beef koftas on a baking tray and when they are frozen, I pack them in ziploc bags. It makes it easier for the children to take as many as they need to cook.
Koftas can be made with beef, lamb or pork for that matter. In countries such as Turkey, Greece, Israel, Pakistan and other Middle Eastern countries the traditional spices to associate with koftas are cumin, coriander, paprika and old spice. Koftas are meatballs, basically, just in a oblong shape and served on a stick as a popular street food.
500 g lean beef mince
5 ml cumin
5 ml smoked paprika
5 ml ground coriander
5 ml salt
1 medium onion – grated
2-3 slices bread – soaked in water or milk
125 ml chopped fresh coriander
Mix all the ingredients together and shape into oblong shapes around wooden skewers. Brush with olive oil and grill on a hot grill or in the oven.
Serve with cold tzatziki, warm pitas and fresh coriander.