Kofta with Tahini Sauce and Tomato Salsa

, from Issue #52. January, 2016
Photography by Aaron McLean.
Kofta with Tahini Sauce and Tomato Salsa

A delicious Lebanese dish, kofta is made of finely minced meat flavoured with herbs and spices. Great to eat on its own with tahini sauce and salsa, or wrapped in a warm flat bread.


2 slices white toast bread, crusts removed
3 tablespoons milk or water
2 spring onions, finely chopped
1 teaspoon ground cumin
¼ teaspoon each ground allspice and turmeric
2 tablespoons finely chopped coriander
500 grams pork mince
sea salt and freshly ground pepper

Tahini sauce
3 tablespoons tahini
3 tablespoons lemon juice
4 tablespoons thick plain yoghurt
1 clove garlic, crushed

Tomato salsa
2 tomatoes, diced
1 tablespoon lemon juice
pinch chilli flakes
1 tablespoon chopped coriander

Serving suggestions
dukka, warm flat breads, shredded lettuce, thinly sliced red onions, sliced avocado and cucumber


Preheat the barbecue flat plate to a medium heat.

Kofta: Rip the bread into small pieces and combine in a large bowl with the milk or water. Leave to soak for 5 minutes then stir in the spring onions, spices and coriander and combine well.

Add the mince and season generously. Mix until everything is well combined. Divide into 12 portions and shape into sausages.

Tahini sauce: Whisk all the ingredients in a bowl and season.

Tomato salsa: Combine all the ingredients in a bowl and season.

Cook the kofta on the lightly oiled barbecue for about 2 minutes each side or until just cooked through. Don’t overcook or they will be dry.

To serve: Serve topped with the tahini sauce and tomato salsa and any of the other serving suggestions. Makes 12 kofta