Saturday, April 14, 2012

Quick Kofte

When I first came across this recipe in my Cooking Light Quick Cooking cookbook I didn't even know what a Kofte was. So I checked out wikipedia and learned the following:

"Kofte is a Middle Eastern and South Asian meatball or meatloaf.
In the simplest form, koftas consist of balls of minced or ground meat—usually beef or lamb—mixed with spices and/or onions. The vegetarian varieties, like lauki kofta and shahi aloo kofta, are popular in India."

Sounds simple and delicious to me. Guess who else thought the same, my husband! Yes, this meal was shared with him and he had seconds!



You will need some pita bread, allspice, cinnamon, cumin, red pepper, tomato paste, a tomato, (oops missed the photo shoot) garlic, bread crumbs, ground meat of your choice, onion, yogurt and an egg.

OR you can use flax seed meal mixed with water instead of an egg. I have just discovered this little trick and it works great! Eggs are on the husbands NO WAY NEVER list so he was excited to see that I found an alternative. You can see him lurking in the picture above, but he is not inspecting the ingredients, he is actually on the phone with my nephew helping him study for his spelling test. Because he is totally awesome like that :)

OK lets get cooking. Preheat your broiler and lets go!

flax meal as egg substitute
I first mixed my flax and water as it needs a couple of minutes to combine.

Chopping the onion is really the only prep!

time to get your hands dirty
Combine everything but the pita, yogurt and tomato.

Form them into patties on a pan sprayed with cooking spray and get them in the broiler. Flip them after about 4 minutes and then cook another 4. While these cook slice up your tomato. I missed getting photos of this because I was busy opening windows to get the smoke out of my kitchen.

I have never broiled meat this way, but it was a smoky endeavor! And I should have used a more substantial pan instead of my cheap $5 cookie sheet.

looks a little crazy here, but I promise it is delicious
But they turned out delicious, and the best thing about the $5 pan is I can just throw it out and start over. But I was able to clean this up pretty easily.

Quick Kofte
Line the inside of the pita with the yogurt, stuff a patty in there and top with tomato. Seriously this was so delicious. The spices in the meat are not over powering at all, it is just enough to make you stop and wonder what that yummy flavor is. As I said earlier, my husband, Tom, had two of these and had the leftovers the next day. I apologize the photo is not so great, the table kept shaking...

Earthquake, you ask??

dinner stalker
Nope, hungry Boston Terrier wants to give this a try :)

I hope you all have a great weekend!


  1. I have never made kofte and I know from the ingredient list that we would love it. Tucked into a pita with a little tomato looks delicious. I might add a bit of lettuce too and a piece of red onion. Thanks for sharing this.

  2. This sounds just wonderful and it's so cool that your husband enjoyed it too! Maybe you got him on a roll here ........... but, oh dear, then you'd have to change the name of your blog! :)

  3. I am sure this was very delicious. I am glad too that your husband did in fact enjoy this meal along with you. It is so nice to see someone enjoy your cooking.
    Have a wonderful day my dear. Blessings, Catherine xo

  4. Winning when its a meal for both of you!! Sans the onions, I would love this too! :D

  5. I love kofta!! I've never made it though. This looks good!

  6. I love the dog !

    I make these a lot but I cook them differently. I form them around a metal skewer and cook them on the bbq. We eat them the same way you do. :)

  7. haha, sorry for starting by commenting about the dog but that pick kind of caught me off guard and I genuinely laughed out loud. Too sweet. ;)

    Then the Kofte, of course: With quite the big Turkish/Middle Eastern minority in Germany, we have the opportunity of having restaurants serving Kofte usually in short reach and they are one of my favourite options to order. But why not wowing people by making some oneself? I use the flaxweed alternative to veganize baked goods sometimes but never used it with meat - good to know it works perfectly!

  8. This looks so great! I would cause a small earthquake to get to it as well ;)

  9. This sounds so good! I had never heard of kofte either! Seriously eggs are no go? Ahhh ... I have used flax as an egg substitute, as well as chia seeds, and you can buy egg replacer too. Lots of options!


  10. I love koftas and yours looks wonderful stuffed inside a pita. Yummy!!!

  11. These sound really good, I've never heard of it before either. If your hubby ate it chances are mine would too! :)

  12. hahaha, love the last pic of your fur baby! I hope he got some. :) These sound really good! The kofte I've had at restaurants was not impressive but I like the way you served it in a pita like a sandwich--I think I'd love this. Saved.