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Kofta: Middle-eastern Street Food




Copyright 2009 Kevin D Weeks
Koftas are a middle-eastern street food made of ground lamb formed into sausage shape and then grilled. I remember eating them in both Egypt and Lebanon and liking them very much so when a friend sent me a copy of Diana Abu-Jaber's memoir, The Language of Baklava that included a recipe for kofta I had to make some. What I particularly like is the mixture of spices in this version. (Larger image.) Serves 2.

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 20 minutes


  • 1 lb. ground lamb
  • 1 egg; lightly beaten
  • 1 sm. onion; finely chopped
  • 2 Tbsp. chopped parsley
  • 1 tsp. ground cumin
  • 1 tsp. chili powder
  • 2 tsp. tumeric
  • 1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp. ground allspice
  • Salt and pepper to taste


1. Build a hot fire in your grill.

2. Combine all ingredients in a medium bowl and mix by hand.

3. Shape 1/4 cup of mixture around a skewer to form a flattened sausage shape three to four inches long.

4. Grill for about five minutes per side.

5. Serve topped with yogurt mixed with lemon juice and crushed garlic.

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