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Moroccan Kefta

Posted on October 8, 2010 by in beef

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I love Moroccan Food. I love the intensity of flavors, the colors and the aromas in my kitchen while cooking Moroccan dishes are just so addictive. Some of the typically Moroccan spices I only learned to love and enjoy rather late in my life. You see, although I grew up with delicious homecooked food, our spice arsenal consisted of salt,pepper, nutmeg and cloves.
All the other amazing spices like cumin, coriander, fennel, paprika and turmeric were just something we read about in “foreign” recipes.
As a foodie however, I explored, I tried and tested and here on My Easy Cooking, many Moroccan insired recipes have seen the light.


Chicken Sandwich with Moroccan Flavors
Moroccan Barley and Roasted Vegetable Salad
Moroccan Lamb and Couscous
Lamb Riblets with Moroccan Spices 

I am often asked how and when do I come up with all  the new recipes and ideas I have. I do not have an answer really, except that my recipes are usually inspired by a single ingredient, something that grabs my attention in the supermarket, farmers market or when I read a magazine of recipe book. In this case, it was the dried figs, I found at my local nut vender that got my creative juices flowing. I immdediately thought “Moroccan”.   
My fisrt thought was a tagine, but it’s been done how many times.  Meatballs with a fig dipping sauce…nah, my family  will not like it one bit! How about making keftas and put the figs inside the ground beef mixture, thus getting the sweet taste, the texture, but …the family will never know that it is there! That’s it, I had my idea, apron on and got to work!

Moroccan Kefta with dried figs

800gr ground  lamb
1 medium onion
1 whole red chili
1 tsp  fine cumin
1 tsp fine fennel
2 tsp curry powder
2 cloves garlic
1 tsp fine coriander
6-8 dried figs – soaked in hot water fro about ½ hour.
1½ tsp salt

Squeeze the liguid from figs, cut them in smaller pieces and place in your food processor with all the other ingredients. Pulse until blended, but do not over-process. The mixture must remain coarse in texture. Shape in meatballs or cilinder shapes and insert a skewer in each one. Grill these meatballs on the open fire or use your griddle pan like I have done.

Serve them with  some minty yogurt( mix chopped fresh mint with some yogurt), a fresh cumcumber salad and some jasmin rice. A delicious Moroccan feast that started with one single ingredient. 

Fresh Cucumber Salad

1 English cucumber
½ red onion
1 green chili
1 red chili
fresh coriander

1 tbsp white wine vinegar
1 tsp black of yellow mustard seeds
2 tsp sugar
pinch of salt

Peel the cumcumber and half it. Take a teaspoon and scrape out the pips otherwise your salad will be watery. Slice finely in a small glass bowl. Slice the onion finely and also the chilies(for less fire, remove the seeds). Rougly chop some coriander and add to the other ingredients. Mix the vinegar, sugar, mustard seeds and salt and taste. Adjust to your taste and pour over the cucumber salad.

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10 Responses to “Moroccan Kefta”

  1. Jamie 8 October 2010 at 10:38 am #

    I love Moroccan cooking! My husband lived there for 2 years and would hang out in kitchens with the women wherever he was living and watching them cook so he has taught me so much. I love this kefta recipe and must add it to my repertoire!

  2. gaby866 8 October 2010 at 11:19 am #

    this is such a good combination ! yep definitely added to my collection ! thanks so very much

  3. Marisa 8 October 2010 at 1:24 pm #

    Oooh Nina, these are really going to hit the spot! I love love love sweet & salty combos.

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  5. Charlie 8 October 2010 at 6:35 pm #

    I really like the sound of these Nina – how clever of you….

  6. Peter M 9 October 2010 at 6:39 pm #

    I can still grill here in Canada without wearing heavy winter wear. The warm spices are perfect for autumn grilled meal.

  7. Ben 12 October 2010 at 4:13 pm #

    Nina, I loved this recipe and the presentation. I must confess that I don't know much about Moroccan food, but this dish looks so delicious that I can safely say I like Moroccan food, hehe.

  8. Lisa 13 October 2010 at 5:45 pm #

    I have never had this dish, but I'm also crazy about spices and the flavors they give to a dish. This looks excellent and sounds delicious.

  9. Juliana 27 October 2010 at 12:22 am #

    Nina, I never had Moroccan food, but from the description of the dish and the pictures, it sure looks delicious…and the cucumber salad is a great combination with the chicken.

  10. Serviced Apartments Lady London 30 April 2015 at 1:13 pm #

    I’ve never tried Kefta before, it looks very light, refreshing and delicious!


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