Lebanese Kofta Skewers with Tahini Yoghurt

  1. Combine all the kofta ingredients in a bowl and mix thoroughly.
  2. Using your hands, separate the mixture into 8 balls.
  3. Thread each ball onto a metal or soaked wooden skewer and squash into a sausage shape. Refrigerate until needed.
  4. To make the tahini yoghurt, combine the yoghurt with the tahini paste, lemon juice, garlic and season to taste with salt. Add more lemon juice if needed.
  5. Brush oil on the koftas and grill on a hot fire or griddle pan for about 6 minutes, turning occasionally until cooked through and brown on all sides.
  6. Heat up the pita bread alongside the koftas.
  7. Drizzle olive oil and sprinkle smoked paprika over the top of the tahini yoghurt and serve alongside a chilli sauce of your choice,
  8. Squeeze fresh lemon juice onto the spiced Lebanese koftas and enjoy with the tahini yoghurt, chilli and warmed pita bread.


  • 500g minced meat
  • 1 red onion, finely chopped
  • 4 garlic cloves, smashed and roughly chopped
  • 1/2 bunch of fresh flat-leaf parsley, finely chopped
  • 1 Tbsp. ground coriander
  • 1 Tbsp. ground cumin
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp ground ginger
  • 1/2 tsp ground allspice
  • 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 egg
  • Mini pita bread, lightly grilled for serving
  • Lemon wedges, for serving

Tahini yoghurt:

  • 1/2 cup plain yoghurt
  • 2 Tbsp. tahini paste
  • Juice of half a large lemon
  • 1 garlic clove, crushed
  • Salt
  • Olive oil, for drizzling
  • Spanish smoked paprika, for sprinkling
General Info
Prep: 15 min
Cooking: 10 min
Ready In: 25 min
Servings: 2-4 people
Tips & Tricks

Serve these koftas as an appetiser or alongside other grilled meat and sides dishes.