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Beef kofte with spiced tomato sauce recipe

Beef kofte with spiced tomato sauce recipe

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Make a big batch of these fiery beef kofte for your next barbecue bash. Flavoured with an aromatic spice paste and served with a rich tomato sauce, these brilliant beef kebabs are perfect for sharing. See method

  • Serves 4
  • 15 mins to prepare and 20 mins to cook, plus chilling
  • 465 calories / serving


  • 750g beef mince
  • 2 tbsp kofte paste
  • 2 tbsp couscous
  • 1 small onion, grated
  • 2 garlic cloves, finely grated
  • handful mint leaves, finely chopped, plus extra to serve
  • handful coriander leaves, finely chopped, plus extra to serve
  • flatbreads or pitta, to serve

For the sauce

  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • pinch chilli flakes
  • pinch cinnamon
  • pinch sugar
  • 1 tbsp tomato purée
  • 2 x 400g tins chopped tomatoes
If you don't have mince, cut open some sausages instead

Each serving contains

  • Energy

  • Fat

    25g 35%
  • Saturates

    9g 44%
  • Sugars

    11g 12%
  • Salt

    0.9g 15%

of the reference intake
Carbohydrate 17.1g Protein 45.1g Fibre 3.4g


  1. In a large bowl, mix together the beef, kofte paste, couscous, onion, garlic, mint and coriander. Season well and form into 32 walnut-sized balls. Thread 4 kofte balls onto each of the 8 skewers. Leave to chill and firm up in the fridge.
  2. Meanwhile, make the sauce. Heat the oil in a pan over a medium heat, add the garlic and cook for 30 secs. Add the remaining ingredients and cook for 10 mins, until thickened. Season to taste.
  3. Heat a barbecue or griddle pan until hot then cook the skewers for 4-5 mins on each side until cooked through. Scatter the kofte balls with the extra herbs and serve with the sauce and flatbread.

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