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Beef Kofta (Indian-Spiced Meatballs) with Yogurt and Herb Sauce

Beef Kofta (Indian-Spiced Meatballs) with Yogurt and Herb Sauce

Beef Kofta (Indian-Spiced Meatballs) with Yogurt Lime Sauce

Two ingredients in this dish give the Kofta a very distinctive and wonderfully different taste...Garam Masala and Harissa. Garam Masala is an Indian spice blend usually made from cumin, black pepper, cinnamon, cloves, coriander and cardamom. Harissa is a Moroccan red pepper sauce and can be mild or spicy. It’s a generally a mix of roasted red peppers, red chili peppers, garlic, olive oil, vinegar and salt. If you can’t find it in the store, you can easily order online.

Makes 10-12

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Total Time: 20 minutes

Ingredients:

1 pound ground beef

1 1/2 teaspoons garam masala

2 tablespoons harissa

2 tablespoons chopped dill

2 tablespoons chopped mint or parsley

1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil

Yogurt Herb Sauce (recipe below)

1 lime, cut into wedges

Kosher Salt

Ground black pepper

Directions:

In a medium bowl, combine beef, garam masala, harissa, dill, mint, 1 teaspoon salt and a pinch of black pepper. Form into oblong meatballs (like a little football), then thread a 6-inch skewer through the center.

Heat olive oil over medium low heat in a skillet. Because of the spices, the meatballs will brown easily so best to keep the heat a bit lower than usual. Working in batches, cook the meatballs until done, about 4-5 minutes per side. Serve with Yogurt Herb Sauce and lime wedges.

Yogurt Herb Sauce

Makes 1 cup

Total Time: 3-5 minutes

Ingredients:

1 cup Greek yogurt (I like Fage)

1/2 lime, juiced

1 tablespoon harissa

1 tablespoon chopped dill

1 tablespoon chopped mint

Drizzle extra virgin olive oil

Kosher Salt

Ground black pepper

Directions:

In a medium bowl, whisk to combine yogurt, lime juice and a pinch of salt and pepper. Place in serving bowl and top with harissa, dill, mint and a drizzle of olive oil.


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