Beef Kofta (Indian-Spiced Meatballs) with Yogurt and Herb Sauce

July  1, 2019
1 Ratings
Photo by Sarah
  • Prep time 5 minutes
  • Cook time 15 minutes
  • Makes 10-12
Author Notes

Two ingredients in this dish give the Kofta a very distinctive and wonderfully different taste...Garam Masala and Harissa. Garam Masala is an Indian spice blend usually made from cumin, black pepper, cinnamon, cloves, coriander and cardamom. Harissa is a Moroccan red pepper sauce and can be mild or spicy. It’s a generally a mix of roasted red peppers, red chili peppers, garlic, olive oil, vinegar and salt. If you can’t find it in the store, you can easily order online. —Sarah Mastracco

What You'll Need
  • Beef Kofta
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons garam masala
  • 2 tablespoons harissa
  • 2 tablespoons chopped dill
  • 2 tablespoons chopped mint
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 lime, cut into wedges
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons Kosher salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon Ground black pepper
  • Yogurt and Herb Sauce
  • 1 cup Greek yogurt
  • 1/2 lime, juiced
  • 1 tablespoon harissa
  • 1 tablespoon chopped dill
  • 1 tablespoon chopped mint
  • Extra virgin olive oil
  • Pinch Kosher salt
  • Pinch ground black pepper
  1. In a medium bowl, combine beef, garam masala, harissa, dill, mint, 1 teaspoon salt and a pinch of black pepper. Form into oblong meatballs (like a little football), then thread a 6-inch skewer through the center.
  2. Heat olive oil over medium low heat in a skillet. Because of the spices, the meatballs will brown easily so best to keep the heat a bit lower than usual. Working in batches, cook the meatballs until done, about 4-5 minutes per side.
  3. In a medium bowl, whisk to combine yogurt, lime juice and a pinch of salt and pepper. Place in serving bowl and top with harissa, dill, mint and a drizzle of olive oil.
  4. Serve Kofta with a side of Yogurt and Herb Sauce

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des May 15, 2023
What happened to the lime cut into wedges?