This dish is filled with wonderful North African flavours that are intensely rich in aroma and taste. Cool, creamy tzatziki adds that balance. Here we have added a bit more garlic and mint to heighten the flavours. Not only is this dish super quick and easy to prepare, it is also pretty healthy.




  • Beef
  • Salads


  • Greek
  • Middle Eastern
  • Moroccan

Cooking Methods

  • Cooking
  • Frying
  • Grilling

Prep Time

Cooking Time

10 minutes


Steam some broccoli, and enjoy these Beef Koftas with broccoli, and some fresh herbs as a salad. Use the tzatziki as a dressing. For a healthier version, grill/bake the meatballs in the oven or an air-fryer.


Beef Kofta

800 g extra lean Beef mince
1 medium red onion, peeled and grated
2 tsp smoked paprika
1 1/2 tsp cumin
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp sumac
1 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper
1/4 cup fresh coriander
1 tbsp olive oil
Freshly ground black pepper


1 cup double cream yoghurt
1/2 cup cucumber grated
1/2 tsp salt
2 cloves garlic minced
2 tbsp fresh lemon juice
2 tbsp chopped mint


Sprinkle salt on the grated cucumber and set aside for about 15 minutes. Using a paper towel, squeeze out as much moisture as you can from the cucumber. Place the cucumber and the rest of the ingredients for the tzatziki in a bowl and mix together. Place in the fridge until you are ready to serve the beef koftas.


1. Mix all the ingredients together in a bowl, using your hands. Make sure to mix the spices through thoroughly, without overworking the mince.

2. Roll the meat into smallish balls between the palms of your hands.

3. Heat the olive oil in a large heavy bottomed pan, on the stove and place the kebabs in. Allow to cook on each side for 3-4 minutes, until nicely browned and cooked through. (Cook the kebabs in batches if you are unable to fit them all in the pan)

4. Serve hot or cold with the garlic tzatziki on the side.

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