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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    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



    Honey and syrups made from concentrated fruit juice were the earliest known sweeteners. Today,…

  • 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 (26)

pugliablue's picture

Really tasty and fairly easy to make. Well, I managed to make it while camping so it can't be that difficult!

tonykerr's picture

Were really good. Added a bit of ground cumin, bit of tomato puree and some fresh coriander to the kofte. Used some sambal instead of harissa. Hell of a spicy kick! Will definately be making again.

wainui's picture

Yummy, my husband wants to know when I'll be making them again

nickijhill's picture

Made these for dinner last night exactly as recipe states and they were delicious! Served with couscous and pittas to mop up sauce. My husband even said they were better than the ones we had at the Persian restaurant the other weekend. Will def make again!

lisa_stone's picture

Tasted lovely and even the kids enjoyed it!

siaimaiava's picture

Yummy! Added cumin and substituted mint for fresh parsley in the mince mix and used a tin of plum tomatoes, fennel seeds and fresh chilli in the sauce. Didn't have any harissa but it tasted great regardless.


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