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Beef Koftas with Homemade Pitas and Tzatziki

Posted on February 1, 2016 by in beef

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Beef Koftas

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.

Beef Koftas

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.

Do you like street food? Try these Thai Pork Meatballs or Fish and Chips from a newspaper…… aaah the memories!

beef koftas

Beef Koftas

makes 12


500 g lean beef mince

5 ml cumin

5 ml smoked paprika

5 ml ground coriander

5 ml salt

ground pepper

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.beef koftas

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3 Responses to “Beef Koftas with Homemade Pitas and Tzatziki”

  1. Colleen Smith 6 February 2016 at 4:58 pm #

    Do you have a recipe for pita? Recipe for kofta sounds great!

    • nerinatimm 10 February 2016 at 8:48 am #

      Colleen, I am lasy so I buy ready dough from my baker. Roll in about 12 meatball size rolls. Use a rolling pin and roll flat. Place on baking sheet, lined with baking paper and allow to leaven for 10-15 minutes. bake in preheated oven 180 C until puffed up and light brown in color.

  2. Hannelie Kotze 9 February 2016 at 10:33 am #

    Nina dankie dat jy altyd sooo bereid is om alles met die lesers van jou blog te deel, so dikwels wil mense nie “the tricks of the trade” deel nie en jy is net sooo gaaf!

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