Have you ever eaten Kofta?
So Delicious! Kofta are most commonly known as Middle Eastern meatballs though their culinary preparation extends out a little further on both ends of the map. They may be prepared using ground lamb, ground beef or a combination of both.
The number of ingredients used in Kofta preparation is a bit longer than the Italian style meatballs most commonly prepared in the U.S. due to the combination of spices which provide their unique flavor. Similar to any recipe though, spice proportions and combinations vary slightly by the preparer. Cumin, then types of seasonings that some would consider baked good spices such as nutmeg and ginger are always included and you may well have everything you need to prepare these flavorful meatballs right in your pantry cabinet.
Though Kofta are meatballs, the similar combination and spice method may also be used in preparing kabobs which my friend Dilara from Turkey, a member of our Ladies International group who moved to Massachusetts some years back used to frequently prepare for us. The tasty combination seemed so exotic yet very subtle.
Kofta are especially delicious combined with clean fresh flavors such as cucumber, tomato, lettuce, fresh cilantro all set on top of Tsaziki, the popular garlicky yogurt dip and a soft warm Naan or thicker style Pita bread. Kofta makes an excellent ‘sandwich’ perfect for lunch or dinner. While today’s dish was prepared using ground lamb which is not always readily available at markets, next time you decide to prepare ground beef why not give Kofta style a try? A little spice, a lot of flavor, Kofta.