Köfte (spiced meatballs)



½ pound minced beef

1 egg

1 tablespoon tomato paste

½ can tomato cubes

1 small onion

2 cloves garlic

1 ½ tablespoon bulgur (or bread crumbs)

1 teaspoon harissa

1 tablespoon ras el-hanout

1 teaspoon cinnamon powder

2 teaspoons cumin powder


1/2 bunch parsley

1/2 bunch cilantro

Leaves from 1 mint twig

Olive oil

Put the minced beef in a bowl.

Cut the onion small, and the garlic big.

Put the egg, garlic, ½ onion, harissa, ras el-hanout, cinnamon, cumin, pepper/salt, parsley, cilantro and mint in the kitchen machine and pulse until cut small but don’t make it into a paste.

Add this mixture plus the bulgur and tomato paste to the beef. Mix everything well and roll into small balls, walnut size.

Bake the meat balls and the remaining onion in a small layer of oil until the balls are brown at all sides, they don’t have to be done on the inside yet. Add the tomato cubes, pepper and salt and let the balls simmer with a lid on the pan until done.


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