Lebanese Kofta Skewers with Tahini Yoghurt

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Lebanese Kofta Skewers with Tahini Yoghurt

Lebanese Kofta Skewers with Tahini Yoghurt


Preparation: 15 minutes

Cooking: 10 minutes

Ready in: 25 minutes

Variations: None.

Servings: 2 to 4 (Makes +-8)

Tips: Serve these koftas as an appetiser or alongside other grilled meat and sides dishes.



500g minced meat

1 red onion, finely chopped

4 garlic cloves, smashed and roughly chopped

1/2 bunch of fresh flat-leaf parsley, finely chopped

1 Tbsp ground coriander

1 Tbsp ground cumin

1 tsp cinnamon

1/2 tsp ground ginger

1/2 tsp ground allspice

1/2 tsp cayenne pepper

1 tsp salt

1 egg

Mini pita bread, lightly grilled for serving

Lemon wedges, for serving


Tahini yoghurt:

1/2 cup plain yoghurt

2 Tbsp tahini paste

Juice of half a large lemon

1 garlic clove, crushed


Olive oil, for drizzling

Spanish smoked paprika, for sprinkling



1. Combine all the kofta ingredients in a bowl and mix thoroughly.

2. Using your hands, separate the mixture into 8 balls.

3. Thread each ball onto a metal or soaked wooden skewer and squash into a sausage shape. Refrigerate until needed.

4. To make the tahini yoghurt, combine the yoghurt with the tahini paste, lemon juice, garlic and season to taste with salt. Add more lemon juice if needed.

5. Brush oil on the koftas and grill on a hot fire or griddle pan for about 6 minutes, turning occasionally until cooked through and brown on all sides.

6. Heat up the pita bread alongside the koftas.

7. Drizzle olive oil and sprinkle smoked paprika over the top of the tahini yoghurt and serve alongside a chilli sauce of your choice,

8. Squeeze fresh lemon juice onto the spiced Lebanese koftas and enjoy with the tahini yoghurt, chilli and warmed pita bread.

Recipe developed and styled for Karan Beef’s Beef Easy app.

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Photographed by Hendrik Steytler.

Food stylist Johannesburg, South Africa.