Kofte Kebabs

Kofte Kebab brings me clear memories of sitting in the mystical city of Istanbul, Turkey. Istanbul feels like a treasure box of life. It’s a city that is so ancient yet so modern, a city thats whisks you away by its Romanticism yet grounds you by its Urban energy; Istanbul, it’s people, it’s beauty, and it’s food, hold a special space in my mind and heart.

Kofte is a delicious kind of kebab. Many times its served with rice or a light salad, grilled spicy green peppers, and a mouth watering Tzadiki (Greek; pronounced Zae Dzeek ee) or cacık (Turkish; pronounced Ja Jeek) sauce that gives a clean, creamy, freshness to the Kofte.

What You Need:


  • 1lb of ground beef or lamb or goat or any combination
  • 1 small red onion minced
  • 3 cloves of garlic minced
  • cumin
  • pakrika
  • cinnamon
  • oregano
  • pepper
  • salt
  • skewers (to place the meat on)

Tzadiki Sauce:

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How to:


1. In a bowl mix together the ground meat, onion, garlic, cumin, pakrika, cinnamon, oregano, pepper and salt .
2. On the skewers form a long ball of meat:

3. Heat pan or grill on medium heat with olive oil
4. Place meat skewers on the pan/grill for 3 minutes on each side.

To Serve:

Pull out skewers and serve with rice or hot grilled peppers and with some tzadiki sauce (which compliments the kebabs amazingly!).