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Barbecue Beef Kofta with Herby Tzatziki

Yields4 ServingsPrep Time20 minsCook Time20 minsTotal Time40 mins

An easy Kofta kebab recipe. Good quality ground beef mixed with fresh parsley, onions, garlic and Middle Eastern spices. Serve with cool Herby Tzatziki topped with gorgeous pomegranate seeds for a festive feel.

Barbecue Beef Kofta with Herby Tzatziki

 1 kg Beef mince
 1 onion quartered
 2 cloves garlic
 2 cups parsley
 1 slice of toast bread, well toasted and soaked in water, then squeezed out water
 Salt and pepper
 1 tsp and a half ground allspice
 Half teaspoon Cayenne pepper
 Half teaspoon ground sumac
 Half teaspoon ground nutmeg
 Half teaspoon ground paprika
For Herby Tzatziki with pomegranate:
 1 large cucumber, grated (2 cups grated)
 1 and ½ cup Greek Yoghurt
 2 tbsp Extra virgin olive oil
 2 tbsp dill chopped
 2 tbsp mint chopped
 1 clove garlic
 1 tbsp freshly squeezed lemon juice
 ½ tsp fine sea salt
 ¼ cup pomegranate seeds
 Avocado cooking oil for grilling
 Flatbread, hummus & salad greens to serve

Preheat the barbecue on high.


In a food processor, process the onion, garlic, and parsley. Add the beef, bread and the spices. Process until all is well combined and forms a pasty meat mixture.


Remove the meat mixture from the food processor and place in a large bowl. Take a handful of the meat mixture and mould it on a skewer, making 3 cm thick kebab. Repeat the process until you have run out of meat.


Grill the kofta kebabs on the lightly oiled barbecue. Cook on medium-high heat for 4 minutes on one side, turnover and grill for another 3-4 minutes.


To make the herby tzatziki: Lightly squeeze the grated cucumber between your palms to remove excess water and place in a large bowl, one handful at a time until all the cucumber is in the bowl. Add the yoghurt, garlic, olive oil, lemon juice and salt and mix through. Let it rest for 5 minutes before stirring in the herbs. Add more lemon juice and salt to taste if necessary. Top with pomegranate seeds.


Serve Beef Kofta with Herby Tzatziki accompanied by flatbread, hummus and salad greens.


Tip. Leftover tzatziki keeps well in the fridge for 4-5 days.

Nutrition Facts

Servings 4