Kofta Kebab: Spicy juicy delicious! Try this recipe for Iftar today!

Juicy spicy kebabs, also called kofte kebab, is great served with a selection of salad and pitta bread.

Cooked over charcoal, the kebabs are deliciously smoky, but you can cook them under the grill, on a grill pan – or just use your normal frying pan with some extra oil for cooking.


To make about eight kebabs you’ll need:

  • 500g lamb mince (Kheema)
  • 2 medium onions
  • 4 cloves garlic
  • 1 tbsp coriander seeds 
  • 1 tbsp cumin seeds
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 large handful fresh parsley (use coriander leaves if not available)
  • 1 small handful fresh mint
  • 1 large egg
  • Salt and pepper
  • If you like it spicy, throw in some crushed red chillies!



  • Roughly crush the cumin and coriander seed along with a teaspoon of salt. (this gives the kebab a special aromatic flavor, but its just fine to use your normal ground cumin and coriander)
  • Put the spices, herbs, onions, garlic and the egg in a food processor, and blitz until everything is chopped.
  • Add the meat and blitz again until everything is well-mixed.
Do not completely puree the meat – aim for a reasonably rough texture.
  • Form handfuls of the meat mixture kebabs.
  • Grill on a hot kitchen grill or your grill pan for about 10 minutes, turning regularly.
  • Serve hot for Iftar!
Use bamboo skewers, they make the kebabs really easy to turn and move around on the grill, as well as holding the meat together.

Recipe submitted by: Arabic Bites – edited