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Beef kofte with apple raita recipe

Beef kofte with apple raita recipe

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Kids will love the sweet apple raita alongside these gently-spiced kofte. A great way to enjoy mince beef - roll these delicious kofte up in mini tortillas with some grated carrot and shredded cabbage. See method

  • Serves 4
  • 20 mins to prepare and 30 mins to cook
  • 389 calories / serving
  • Freezable


For the raita

  • 1/2 red apple, coarsely grated, excluding the core
  • squeeze lemon juice
  • handful mint leaves, chopped
  • 150g natural yogurt

For the kofte

  • 500g (1lb) lean beef mince
  • 1/2 small onion, coarsely grated
  • 2 tsp ground cumin
  • 3 tsp paprika
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 4 mini flour tortillas
  • 1 large carrot, grated
  • ¼ Chinese cabbage, shredded
If you don't have mince, cut open some sausages instead

Each serving contains

  • Energy

  • Fat

    19g 27%
  • Saturates

    6g 32%
  • Sugars

    8g 9%
  • Salt

    0.9g 14%

of the reference intake
Carbohydrate 25.7g Protein 32.5g Fibre 3.7g


  1. To make the raita, toss the apple with the lemon juice to stop it browning. Stir into the yoghurt with half the mint. Cover and chill until needed.
  2. To make the kofte, thoroughly combine the rest of the chopped mint with the beef, onion, cumin, and paprika in a mixing bowl. Season generously with salt and pepper. With slightly wet hands, form heaped tablespoons of the mixture into ‘torpedo’ shapes or spheres and set aside on a plate. There should be about 20 kofte.
  3. Place a large frying pan over a medium heat and add the olive oil. Fry the kofte gently for about 8 minutes, turning often, until browned all over and cooked through. Serve hot or cold, with the apple raita, tortillas, grated carrot and cabbage.

Freezing and defrosting guidelines

The kofte only is suitable for freezing, either raw or cooked. If cooked, once the dish has cooled completely, transfer it to an airtight, freezer-safe container, seal and freeze for up to 1-3 months. If kofte is cooked, to serve, defrost thoroughly in the fridge overnight before reheating, loosely cover with foil and bake until dish is thoroughly heated through. If kofte is raw, defrost overnight and cook as per recipe instructions.

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