1. Start by making the lime tzatziki. Combine the yoghurt with the cucumber, garlic, mint, lime juice and season to taste with salt. Add more lime juice if required and refrigerate until needed.
  2. To make the koftas, add the minced beef, onion, garlic, paprika, cumin, ground coriander and fresh coriander to a bowl, season well with salt and pepper and mix thoroughly.
  3. Using your hands, shape the beef mixture into balls about the size of golf balls.
  4. Thread each ball onto a metal or soaked wooden skewer and squash into a sausage shape. The mixture should make around 12 koftas.
  5. Brush oil on the koftas and grill on a hot fire or griddle pan, turning occasionally until cooked through and brown on all sides, about 6 minutes. Cook in batches if necessary.
  6. Slice each pita bread lengthways into two and warm in a griddle pan for about 30 seconds to 1 minute, flipping and repeating on the second side.
  7. Spread the lime tzatziki over the warmed pita bread and top with shredded cabbage, carrots and coriander koftas.
  8. Garnish with fresh mint and serve with lemon wedges.


  • 750g minced beef
  • 1 red onion, finely chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 1/2 tsp smoked paprika
  • 2 tsp ground cumin
  • 2 tsp ground coriander
  • 1/3 cup fresh coriander, finely chopped
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • Olive oil
  • 4 pita breads, halved lengthways
  • White /purple cabbage, shredded, for serving
  • Carrots, julienned, for serving
  • Lemon wedges, for serving
  • Fresh mint, for garnish

Lime tzatziki:

  • 1 cup plain Greek yoghurt
  • 1/4 large cucumber (+-10cm), grated and squeezed
  • 1 garlic clove, crushed
  • 1 Tbsp fresh mint, finely chopped
  • Juice of 1 lime
  • Salt
General Info
Prep: 15 min
Cooking: 15 min
Ready In: 30 min
Servings: 2-4 people
Tips & Tricks

If the koftas are being cooked in a small frying pan, they don’t need to be skewered.