Sw recipe: Beef koftas

Free, makes 8


  • 1 tsp cumin
  • ½ tsp paprika
  • ½ tsp turmeric
  • ½ tsp cinnamon
  • ½ tsp cayenne pepper
  • 2 tsp garam masala
  • 500g lean beef mince (5% fat or less)
  • 1 medium onion, finely chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, finely chopped

For the chilli sauce:

  • 5 medium green chillies, deseeded
  • ¼ tsp ground white pepper
  • 1 garlic clove, peeled
  • 1 tsp white wine vinegar
  • Small handful of baby spinach leaves

For the yogurt dressing:

  • 6 tbsp fat-free natural Greek yogurt
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
  • ¼ tsp ground white pepper
  • 1 small red chilli, deseeded and finely chopped


  1. Preheat your oven to 200°C/fan 180°C/gas 6.
  2. To make the koftas, put all the spices in a large bowl, add ½ tsp each of salt and black pepper and mix well. Add the beef, onion and garlic and mix well with your hands. Divide the mixture into 8 equal portions and shape each portion into a sausage about 10cm long. Put the koftas in a baking tray and cook in the middle of the oven for 30 minutes, turning halfway.
  3. Meanwhile, put the chill sauce ingredients in a small food processor or blender, season to taste with salt and blitz to a paste. Chill until needed.
  4. Put all the ingredients for the yogurt dressing in a small bowl, season to taste with salt and mix well. Chill until needed.
  5. Arrange the koftas on a serving dish, drizzle with the chilli sauce and yogurt dressing and serve hot with couscous and salad.

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