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  • Adriano dos Santos

Spiced Meat Kofta

Making kofta is an ancient way of grilling ground meat. Aromatic and savory spices are added to the meat and it is shaped around a skewer for grilling.


Servings: 7 Servings

  • 454 gm Beef, ground

  • 454 gm Pork, ground, lean

  • 1 large stalk(s) Celery

  • 1 medium Red onion

  • 4 clove(s) Garlic

  • 1/2 bunch Parsley, fresh (can use other herbs on hand)

  • 1 bunch Basil, fresh

  • 1 bunch Mint, fresh

  • 4 tbsp Pumpkin seeds (pepitas)

  • 1 tsp Sea salt

  • 1/2 tsp Black pepper (freshly ground)

  • 1/2 tsp Cayenne pepper (freshly ground)

  • 1/2 tsp Cardamom, ground

  • 1/2 tsp sumac, ground

  • 1/2 tsp Nutmeg, ground

  • 1/2 tsp Paprika

  • 2 tsp Olive oil (cooking)


  1. In a food processor, add chopped red onion, celery, garlic, all fresh herbs, pepita seeds, salt, pepper and all the dry spices. 

  2. Pulse until well combined and onion is in small pieces, about 30sec.

  3. Empty mix into a medium sized mixing bowl. Add ground meat and combine using your hands. Make sure it’s well incorporated. 

  4. Take about a tennis sized ball of meat and wrap Around the top end of a wooden skewer, rounding in your hand until it looks like a chubby sausage on a stick. Do this until you’ve used up the meat mix. 

  5. On a cast iron grill pan set to medium heat, lightly brush with olive oil. Working in batches, place skewers on grill until underside begins to take colour. Then rotate, about 2 min per side. You can also bake at 350ºF for 40 min until crispy on the outside.

  6. Serve with rice, yogurt and a bunch of fresh herbs like parsley and basil.

Enjoy it and remember to share your creation with me. Using instagram? Then you can tag me using @adsvitality. Healthy regards, Adriano dos Santos

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