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Beef Koftas, Tabouli with a Lemon Yoghurt Sauce

Updated: Apr 2, 2020

Juicy, fragrant beef koftas served with a side of tabouli and a lemon yoghurt sauce – Middle Eastern inspired perfection!

Serves: 4

Ready In: 30 minutes


For the Beef Koftas

  • 500g lean beef mince

  • 2 green shallot stems, finely sliced

  • 1 large clove garlic, crushed

  • 2 tablespoons fresh mint, finely chopped

  • 1 tsp cumin

  • 1½ tsp coriander

  • ½ tsp black pepper

  • ½ tsp salt

For the Lemon Yoghurt

  • 150 ml natural greek yoghurt

  • 1/2 lemon, juiced

  • Salt to taste

For the Tabouli

  • 1/3 cup burghul (cracked wheat)

  • 3 large tomatoes, finely chopped

  • 1/4 cup lemon juice

  • 4 cups of chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley leaves

  • 1 cup chopped fresh mint leaves

  • 4-5 green shallot stems, finely sliced

  • 2 large cucumbers, diced

  • 1/4 cup olive oil


For the Kofta

Step 1.Place all the kofta ingredients into a large bowl and mix thoroughly with your hands. 

Divide into eight portions and shape each portion into a long sausage shape. (Preheat oven to 200°C if you'd prefer to bake your koftas)


Step 2. Place the koftas on the lightly oiled, hot pan. Cook on medium-high heat for 4 minutes on one side, turn over and cook for another 3-4 minutes or until cooked through. Alternatively, if baking, add koftas to a lightly oiled non-stick baking sheet and place into the preheated oven for 15 mins or until cooked through

For the Tabouli

Step 1. Place burghul in a bowl of hot tap water for 15 mins or until it has softened

Step 2. Strain burghul to remove excess water. Add tomatoes, lemon juice. cucumber parsley, mint, shallots and olive oil to burghul mixture. Stir until combine. Add salt to taste just before serving

Four the Lemon Yoghurt

Step 1. Mix the yoghurt and lemon juice together. Season with salt to taste

Serve koftas with a side of tabouli, lemon yohgurt and an additonal wedge of lemon to squeeze over the top of everything before eating.


  • Feel free to use white or red onion instead of shallots

  • Use 250g lean beef mince + 250g pork mince for another tasty option

  • Use quinoa instead of burgul for a gluten free option. Alternatively, cous cous also works well

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