Lemon-Cilantro Kofta

The mix of lemon and spices make this kofta taste like none you have ever tried. This mixture is a mouthwatering blend and the color of the lemons adds a beautiful burst of spring to your plate. I served this dish with rice and a crisp Greek Salad which I made out of feta cheese that I allowed to marinade for a few weeks in za’tar and olive oil, the result was blissful.

1 tablespoon olive oil
1 tablespoon butter
1/2 onion, diced
3 garlic cloves, smashed
1 red chili, seeded and sliced
2 teaspoons turmeric, ground
1/4 cup fresh cilantro, chopped
Juice of 1 lemon
1 lemon, cut into 4 slices
2 tablespoons fresh mint, chopped
1-1/4 cups water

1 pound ground beef
1/2 onion, finely diced
1/4 cup fresh parsley, chopped
1 teaspoon cinnamon, ground
1 teaspoon cumin
1teaspoon coriander
1 teaspoon paprika
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon pepper
1/2 cup oats
1 egg

1. Pre-heat oven to 400 F. Meanwhile in a large mixing bowl add beef, onion, parsley, cinnamon, cumin, coriander, paprika, salt, pepper, egg and oats. With hands mix well. Form into walnut size balls, place on plate and place in refrigerator until needed.

2. In an 8 inch by 8-inch glass pan, add olive oil, butter, onion, garlic, chili, turmeric, cilantro, lemon juice, lemon slices and mint. Mix well and place into oven for 5 minutes. Remove pan from oven add water and mix well. Add meatballs into sauce. Return to oven cook 15 minutes, rotating kofta half way through with a spoon. Serve kofta with sauce.

Yields: 4 servings

6 Responses to Lemon-Cilantro Kofta

  • MAG says:

    I love the idea of lemon-cilantro with the kofta. I often use chicken but I will defenitely try this one. Thanks a lot :)

  • Muslimfwife23 says:


    I made this tonight for dinner with some modifications. Check out the review on my blog at:

    Complete with pics, comments and suggestions. Thanks for sharing this recipe!

  • Muslimwife23 says:

    thank you for replying. what did u think of the modifications I made? especially pan searing and adding mozzarella balls in the middle.

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