Grill/Barbecue

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

July  1, 2019
Photo by Sarah
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

  • Prep time 5 minutes
  • Cook time 15 minutes
  • Makes 10-12
Ingredients
  • 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
In This Recipe
Directions
  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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