Moroccan kofte with spicy tomato sauce

Moroccan kofte with spicy tomato sauce

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Prep: 25 mins Cook: 20 mins


Serves 4
Bring out a big dish to share next time you have friends over - you can make the sauce and kofte ahead to keep it stress-free

Nutrition and extra info

  • Uncooked kofte can be frozen

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal316
  • fat20g
  • saturates9g
  • carbs8g
  • sugars6g
  • fibre2g
  • protein27g
  • salt0.5g
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  • 500g pack minced lamb
  • 1 small red onion, finely chopped
  • 1 tsp ground coriander
  • 1 tbsp chopped mint



    There are several types of mint, each with its own subtle difference in flavour and appearance.…

For the sauce

  • 1 tbsp olive oil
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  • 1 garlic clove, finely chopped
  • 2 x 400g cans chopped tomato
  • 1-2 tsp harissa



    This hot, aromatic paste made from chilli and assorted other spices and herbs is spicy and…

  • 1 tsp sugar



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  • 200g tub Greek yogurt
  • 2 tbsp toasted pine nuts


  1. Soak eight wooden skewers in water for 20 minutes, to stop them burning.

  2. Using your hands, mix the meat in a bowl with the onion, coriander, mint and plenty of seasoning. Shape into 8 sausages, about 10cm long, then thread a bamboo skewer through the centre of each.

  3. To make the sauce, heat the oil in a pan, add the garlic and briefly fry. Add tomatoes, harissa, sugar and seasoning. Simmer, uncovered, for 15-20 mins until sauce has thickened.

  4. Grill the kofte for 6-8 mins, turning until they are nicely browned (be careful not to burn the skewers). Spoon the sauce over a warm platter, drizzle over the yogurt and put the kofte on top. Scatter with pine nuts and serve with pittas or couscous (recipe, below).

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Comments (27)

Ibsandglutenfree's picture

Made these and they were lovely! The sauce was great and quick and the koftas tasted authentic and delicious. I'll be making this a regular for dinners and BBQs!

lozzy_91's picture

Absolutely lovely

annaph's picture

Made this for my husband as I do not like lamb.He said it was really good the smell was fantastic ,added a bit if chilli just to spice them up a bit more and a hint of cinnamon.

saschlet's picture

Great! I made the meat into small balls, fried and then simmered in the thickened sauce for 30 mins. Was really tasty. Used 2 tsp Harissa and one tin toms for 2 people. If I had more time, I would put ice cubes onto the sauce afterwards to congeal the fat, lift it off once solid and then re-heat.

sarahkinz's picture

This was lovely and have been told by husband I can make it again. I didn't use tinned tomatos as I had lots of cherry tomatos leftover which had been slightly warmed with sweet chilli drizzzled over them. So peeled & chopped them and seasoned well with cayenne, smoked paprika etc and 2 tsp harissa and served with homemade pittas. Mmmm

stellababe's picture

Made the Kofte earlier today and kept in the fridge to ensure they stayed together. Also doubled the harissa and added a glug of Worcester sauce to the tomato sauce. Enjoyed by all the family, including our 5 & 3 year old, sure it's because they are on sticks! Served with spicy vegetable cous cous. Delicious

janie2go's picture

Superb! A really quick mid-week dish which my husband thought must have taken me hours! Very tasty and the sauce really makes it.

bettyalley's picture

A GREAT recipe... i have made this many times and it never fails to please my guests!!! i make it with Vermachelli rice and homous which accompanies this dish well... simply Delish!

jbeilby's picture

Loved this, I haven't cooked with harissa before but I certainly will again. So simple and delicious.

mah3shi's picture

The tomato sauce was absolutely delicious!!

milanista's picture

Absolutely gorgeous! Had this last night and will definately be making again. Served with flatbread and cous cous with harissa stirred through it. Yum!

sherrie197's picture

This was really tasty, I couldn't get any Harissa, but used a bit of chilli powder instead. All the family really enjoyed it.

nikkidowns's picture

Tasty and simple, perfect no fuss food for friends

jennypiccolo's picture

My family said as soon as they took their first bite "you can make this again", so definitely a hit. Didn't use mint as my husband doesn't like it , and added a bit of cumin and a chicken stock cube crumbled into the mixture. Highly recommend! Served separately from the sauce by the way as the rest of the family don't like tomato based sauces, but it was delicious (with double amount of harissa)

kimkap's picture

I tried these as I had some mint which needed using up and both my husband and I enjoyed them. Will try different variations.

stookie42's picture

Very nice!!

Didn't have the harissa so used sweet chiili sauce instead and this seemed to work OK.

I also used beef mince as I'm the only one on the family who likes lamb. Worked well.


kitty_catxx's picture

this is not the traditional kofta, my mums is better

rugibbs's picture

I made this as a sharing dish for friends last night and they thought it was marvelous. I added a little extra harissa since i like a kick, the yoghurt cools it down for more sensitive people (but no one had any complaints). I would say to make sure you compact the mince tightly onto the skewers otherwise you might have a bit if an aesthetic disaster at the grilling stage. Toasted pine nuts were a wonderful touch though and make it that little bit more special. I'll definitely make it again.

kunikom's picture

Used some chopped lamb and fried with onion, coriander, and mint. Put them on the sauce and yogurt with couscous. It tasted so great. Even if you don't have minced lamb, still you should try it.

misslinaoh's picture

I made these for a family party and they were delicious! I added a bit more harissa than the recipe states and mixed the greek yogurt in for richness and it was lovely. I served it in a big dish with all the sticks pointing outwards and it looked great - gone in a flash!


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