Healthy living

Beef kofta wth tzatziki

Preparation time: 20 minutes

Cooking time: 10 minutes

Serves: 4



  • 2 cloves garlic, peeled
  • 2 cups mint leaves
  • 1 cup low-fat Greek yogurt
  • 1 Lebanese cucumber, grated, squeezed of extra moisture


  • 400 g lean beef mince
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 2 teaspoons ground coriander
  • 1 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1 brown onion, peeled, quartered
  • 1/2 cup flat-leaf parsley
  • freshly ground black pepper, to taste

To serve

  • 2 Lebanese cucumbers, extra, cut into 1 cm dice
  • 2 tomatoes, cut into 1 cm dice
  • 1 red capsicum, cut into 1 cm dice
  • 2 spring onions, sliced, including green tops
  • 4 x wholemeal Lebanese bread or wrap bread


1. Finely chop garlic and mint or place them into the bowl of a food processor and process until finely chopped. 

2. Transfer 1/3 of garlic and mint mixture to a small bowl and mix with grated cucumber and yoghurt to make tzatziki. Set aside. 

3. Add onion and parsley to garlic and mint mixture and chop or process finely then combine with mince, spices and season with pepper. 

4. Use clean hands to divide into 8 portions, shape each into a 12 cm long sausage. 

5. Spray a barbeque, chargrill or griddle with oil and heat on high. Cook kofta for 8 minutes or until cooked through, turning every few minutes. 

6. In a medium sized bowl, combine cucumber, tomatoes, capsicum and spring onion. 

7. To serve, divide Lebanese bread, salad and tzatziki on plates and add 2 kofta skewers to each.


If time permits, cover and refrigerate koftas for 20 minutes or overnight before cooking.

Press kofta mix around a metal or pre-soaked wooden skewers for easy turning during cooking.


  • Replace beef mince with lean chicken mince.
  • Add extra mint and parsley to the salad for a more intense flavour.

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