Spicy Middle Eastern meatballs (kufteh)

October 2, 2012 (Last Updated: January 11, 2019)
Spicy Middle Eastern meatballs (kufteh) recipe

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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