Lebanese Kofta with Spicy Tomato Sauce

by Ghada Basma

Kofta meatballs are a Lebanese tradition. They’re made from ground meat and are very simple to prepare. Serve wrapped in pita bread with a drizzle of tahini sauce, or in a burger bun.

This is a recipe extract from Simply Lebanese: 30 Recipes From The Heart Of Lebanon by Ghada Basma, a Lebanese native and a passionate cook. The flavour-packed book provides an intimate insight into Lebanese Cuisine from the kitchen of Ghada who has spent her life cooking her traditional cuisine and now champions its unique Mediterranean flavours and abundant health benefits. It delivers simple recipes, catering to meat-lovers, vegetarians and vegans as well as offering gluten-free, heart-friendly, diabetic-friendly and low-sugar options.

Simply Lebanese: 30 Recipes From The Heart Of Lebanon is available to purchase in print through Amazon & Barnes & Noble and as an ebook through Angus & Robertson.

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Prep time 30
Cook time 30
Serves 4
Difficulty Easy


  • Step 1. In a large bowl, mix all ingredients thoroughly.

  • Step 2. Shape the mixture into 10 equal-sized balls, then roll each ball into an oval pattie.

  • Step 3. In a nonstick skillet, heat the olive oil over medium high heat and brown the patties.

  • Step 4. For the Spicy Tomato Sauce: In a medium saucepan, heat the olive oil over medium heat.

  • Step 5. Add the garlic and sauté for one minute.

  • Step 6. Add the cumin, paprika, jalapeños, peppers, and tomatoes, then bring to a boil.

  • Step 7. Reduce heat and simmer for five minutes.

  • Step 8. Pour the lemon juice and vinegar, then remove from heat.

  • Step 9. Pour the tomato sauce over the patties. Serve hot!


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