Beef Koftas with Couscous

clock 15 minutes + 10 minutes bowl Serves 4


  • 1/4 cucumber, halved, seeds removed
  • 1 medium onion, peeled and chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, peeled and chopped
  • 1/2 tsp ground allspice
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp ground coriander
  • 1/2 tsp paprika
  • pinch chilli flakes
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 500 g beef mince
  • 1/2 cup fresh breadcrumbs
  • 1/2 cup Greek style yoghurt unsweetened
  • 1/4 cup coriander leaves, roughly chopped
  • 250 g couscous, cooked according to packet instructions
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  • 1. Place the onion and garlic in the food processor and blitz until smooth. Add the spices and salt and blitz again. Add the beef mince and breadcrumbs along with 2 tablespoons of chilled water and pulse until a smooth paste. This can be done ahead of time and kept until needed in the fridge.

  • 2. Shape the beef into a cigar shape using hands moistened with water, and thread onto skewers. Barbecue on a clean and oiled flat plate or grill for 4 -5 minutes on each side.

  • 3. To make the dressing: Grate the cucumber and use your hands to squeeze out the excess moisture. Add to the yoghurt along with the coriander and season to taste with salt and pepper.

  • 4. Serve with plain couscous, salad and a big dollop of yoghurt dressing.

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