• Enjoy the fiery flavours of the Middle East with our quick and easy spicy kufteh meatballs recipe. In just 20 minutes, savour the aromatic blend of spices in these mouthwatering meatballs.

    Spicy Middle Eastern meatballs (kufteh)

    Serves: 4 - 6
    Cooking Time: 10 mins + 10 mins to chill


    • 500g lean beef mince
    • 1 red onion, finely chopped
    • 60ml (¼ cup) fresh mint leaves, chopped
    • 2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
    • 15ml (1 tbsp) ground cumin
    • 10ml (2 tsp) ground coriander
    • salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
    • flatbreads, to serve
    • chopped tomato, red onion and cucumber, to serve
    • thick Greek yoghurt, to serve
    • fresh mint leaves, to serve



    Combine the mince, onion, mint, garlic, cumin and coriander in a large mixing bowl. Season well and mix.


    Shape the mixture into small patties and place in the fridge for 10 minutes to chill.


    Heat a griddle pan over high heat and fry the patties in batches for 2 minutes on each side.


    Serve with flatbreads, chopped tomato, red onion and cucumber, dollops of thick Greek yoghurt and fresh mint leaves.

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