Moroccan kofte with spicy tomato sauce recipe

The Arabic Food Recipes kitchen (The Home of Delicious Arabic Food Recipes) invites you to try Moroccan kofte with spicy tomato sauce Recipe.  Enjoy the Moroccan Cuisine and learn how to make Moroccan kofte with spicy tomato sauce.  

Bring out a big dish to share next time you have friends over - you can make the sauce and kofte ahead to keep it stress-free.

Serves 4
Easily doubled
Prep 25 mins
Cook 20 mins
Uncooked kofte can be frozen


500g pack minced lamb
1 small red onion , finely chopped
1 tsp ground coriander
1 tbsp chopped mint


1 tbsp olive oil
1 garlic clove , finely chopped
2 x 400g cans chopped tomato
1-2 tsp harissa
1 tsp sugar
200g tub Greek yogurt
2 tbsp toasted pine nuts


1. Soak eight wooden skewers in water for 20 minutes, to stop them burning.

2. Using your hands, mix the meat in a bowl with the onion, coriander, mint and plenty of seasoning. Shape into 8 sausages, about 10cm long, then thread a bamboo skewer through the centre of each.

3. To make the sauce, heat the oil in a pan, add the garlic and briefly fry. Add tomatoes, harissa, sugar and seasoning. Simmer, uncovered, for 15-20 mins until sauce has thickened.

4. Grill the kofte for 6-8 mins, turning until they are nicely browned (be careful not to burn the skewers). Spoon the sauce over a warm platter, drizzle over the yogurt and put the kofte on top. Scatter with pine nuts and serve with pittas or couscous (recipe, below).

Seven-minute couscous

Tip 200g couscous into a bowl and stir in 2 tsp stock powder. Pour on 300ml boiling water, cover and leave for 4 mins until the water is absorbed. Fluff up with a fork, then add juice 1 lemon, bunch chopped coriander and a drizzle olive oil.

Get ahead

The uncooked kofte will keep in the fridge alongside the tomato sauce for 24 hours.

Nutrition per serving

316 kcalories, protein 27g, carbohydrate 8g, fat 20 g, saturated fat 9g, fibre 2g, sugar 6g, salt 0.5 g

Good Food magazine, June 2010. 

More Kofte/Kofta Recipes:

Chicken kofta recipe
Kofta Orfali with White Rice
Lamb kofta with flatbread
Kofta Bil-Siniyah Recipe
Grilled Fish Kofta in Spicy Sauce
Kofta Stew Recipe 

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