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Kofta refers to meatballs made from minced meat and cooked rice. They are often spiced with pepper, coriander, cumin, and cinnamon before being simmered in a rich tomato sauce. Kofta can be found in cuisines of South Africa and the Middle East. Unlike Mediterranean meatballs, which are served with pasta, kofta is usually served with a side of kisra flatbread. This dish, and others like it, were introduced to America by immigrants. 

Recipe Servings: 8

Prep Time
20 minutes
Cook Time
50 minutes
Total Time
1 hour 10 minutes
Gluten Free
Dairy Free




    For Meatballs:
  1. Combine the meat, pepper, coriander, cumin, cinnamon, salt, onion, and rice in a large bowl.
  2. Mix thoroughly using your hands and shape the mixture into oval meatballs the size of golf balls.
  3. Heat ½-inch of the oil in a cast iron skillet until it is shimmering.
  4. Add the meatballs and cook until they are browned on all sides, about 5 minutes.
  5. For Sauce:
  6. Heat the olive oil in a large skillet set over medium high heat.
  7. Add the onions and cook until they are golden-brown, about 10 minutes.
  8. Add the tomatoes and cook until the mixture has thickened, about 5 minutes.
  9. Add the tomato paste, tomato sauce, garlic paste, and green pepper. Bring the mixture to a simmer and cook for 15 minutes.
  10. Add the fried meatballs, cover, and cook for 15 minutes.
  11. Serve the meatballs in a bowl with the sauce.

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