Beef Koftas with Pitas and Minted Yogurt Beef Koftas with Pitas and Minted Yogurt

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Koftas are spiced meatballs with origins in the Middle East and Southeast Asia, grilled and served on skewers. This milder, Tested Till Perfect recipe means you can try making koftas at home too!

  • Portion size 4 servings
  • Credits : Canadian Living Magazine: May 2005


  • 1 cup lightly packed fresh parsley leaves
  • 3 green onions coarsely chopped
  • 2 teaspoons dried mint
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon mild paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 egg
  • 1 lb lean ground beef
  • 4 whole wheat pita breads
  • 1/2 cup plain yogurt
  • 2 tablespoons minced fresh parsley


In food processor, puree together parsley leaves, green onions, half of the mint, the cumin, paprika, salt and pepper. Transfer to large bowl; beat in egg. Add beef and 2 tbsp (25 mL) water; mix well.

Shape beef mixture by heaping 2 tbsp (25 mL) into small sausage shapes; thread each lengthwise onto metal or soaked wooden skewer.

Place skewers on greased grill over medium heat; close lid and grill, turning once, until no longer pink inside and digital rapid-read thermometer inserted into several koftas reads 160°F (70°C), about 12 minutes. (Or broil, turning once, for 7 minutes.)

Meanwhile, grill or broil pita bread, turning once, until crisp, about 4 minutes; cut each into quarters. Combine yogurt with remaining mint and minced parsley. Serve koftas with pita quarters and yogurt.

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Nutritional facts <b>Per serving:</b> about

  • Sodium 712 mg
  • Protein 31 g
  • Calories 393.0
  • Total fat 14 g
  • Cholesterol 109 mg
  • Saturated fat 5 g
  • Total carbohydrate 37 g


  • Iron 41.0
  • Folate 36.0
  • Calcium 10.0
  • Vitamin A 14.0
  • Vitamin C 42.0
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