Beef Kofte with Spicy Tomato Sauce

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Beef Kofte with Spicy Tomato Sauce and Cucumber Raita

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 30 minutes

Yield: 4 servings

Beef Kofte with Spicy Tomato Sauce and Cucumber Raita


    Spicy Tomato Sauce
  • 1 1/2 cups (~1 - 14 oz can) crushed, fire roasted tomatoes
  • 1 clove garlic, crushed (or 1/2 tsp garlic powder)
  • 1/2 Tbsp chili powder
  • Kofte
  • 16 oz ground sirloin
  • 1 small red onion, finely chopped
  • 4 Tbsp fresh cilantro (or coriander), finely chopped
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1/2 tsp ground coriander
  • 1/2 Tbsp fresh ginger, grated (or 1/2 tsp ground ginger)
  • Cucumber Raita
  • 1 cup non-fat, plain yogurt
  • 1/2 seedless cucumber, thinly sliced
  • 2 Tbsp fresh cilantro, chopped
  • To serve:
  • 6 cups baby spinach leaves
  • 1 Tbsp ground sumac
  • 4 whole grain pita or flat bread rounds, warmed
  • Flat-leaf parsley, coarsely chopped


    To make Spicy Tomato Sauce:
  1. Combine crushed tomatoes, garlic and chili powder in a small saucepan and simmer while preparing the kofte and raita, about 20 minutes or until sauce begins to reduce and thicken
  2. To make Kofte:
  3. Combine beef, onion, cilantro and herbs in a bowl and mix well.
  4. Shape into 16 oval kofte balls and cook on a pre-heated grill, turning occasionally, for 12-15 minutes or until cooked through. (a non-stick skillet will also do the job inside)
  5. To make Cucumber Raita:
  6. While kofte are cooking, combine cucumber, yogurt and cilantro in a serving bowl and stir until cucumber is coated with yogurt
  7. To serve:
  8. Cover each warmed pita round with 1 1/2 cups spinach
  9. Place 4 cooked Kofte on top of spinach
  10. Drizzle with spoonfuls of Spicy Tomato Sauce
  11. Dollop with spoonfuls of Cucumber Raita
  12. Garnish with fresh, flat-leaf parsley


Ground lamb is a delicious alternative to beef. You could also use ground bison or turkey for an extra lean option.

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