Moroccan kofte with spicy tomato sauce

Moroccan kofte with spicy tomato sauce

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(35 ratings)

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 only

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 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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4th Feb, 2018
Loved this dish! We didn't have harissa so used some chilli powder and paprika for the sauce. We also didn't have fresh mint but used a tablespoon of mint sauce as a substitute. Served with some pita bread and greek yoghurt, this was a lovely, warming meal.
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20th Sep, 2016
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!
3rd Feb, 2014
Absolutely lovely
19th Mar, 2013
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.
4th Dec, 2012
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.
28th Jun, 2012
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
31st Jan, 2012
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
28th Aug, 2011
Superb! A really quick mid-week dish which my husband thought must have taken me hours! Very tasty and the sauce really makes it.
19th Aug, 2011
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!
18th Aug, 2011
Loved this, I haven't cooked with harissa before but I certainly will again. So simple and delicious.


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