Tested till perfect Beef Koftas with Pitas and Minted Yogurt
Beef Koftas with Pitas and Minted Yogurt
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Beef Koftas with Pitas and Minted Yogurt

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!

By The Canadian Living Test Kitchen

Source: Canadian Living Magazine: May 2005

Recipe4 out of 5 based on 6 ratings.
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  • Portion size 4


  • 1 cup 1cuplightly packed fresh parsley leaves
  • 3 3green oniongreen onions, coarsely chopped
  • 2 tsp 2tspdried mint
  • 1/2 tsp 1/2tspground cumin
  • 1/2 tsp 1/2tspmild paprika
  • 1/2 tsp 1/2tspsalt
  • 1/4 tsp 1/4tsppepper
  • 1 1eggeggs
  • 1 lb 1lblean ground beef
  • 4 4whole wheat pita breadwhole wheat pita breads
  • 1/2 cup 1/2cupplain yogurt
  • 2 tbsp 2tbspminced fresh parsley
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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 Information Per serving: about

cal 393 pro 31g total fat 14g sat. fat 5g
carb 37g fibre 5g chol 109mg sodium 712mg

% RDI:

calcium 10 iron 41 vit A 14 vit C 42
folate 36
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