Monday, 1 April 2013

Kafta (Lebanese kebab)

Kebabs are well known, and loved by many. Kafta is very similar, and you can make it in different ways according to what dish you want to make. In this recipe it is made to look like kebabs, but there are also other ways to serve the kafta, like layering it with potatoes, tomatoes etc. In this recipe the easy way of making kafta is shown, and what you wish to serve it with is left to your liking.

  • Skill level: Easy
  • Serves: 6-8 people
  • Prep time: 10 mins
  • Cooking time: 20 mins
What you will need:

1 medium onion, peeled and very finely chopped
1 small bunch fresh parsley, very finely chopped
1.5kg minced meat
1 tbsp salt
1/2 tbsp black pepper
1 tbsp cinnamon
1 tsp red chilli flakes (I added this for fun)

How to make:

1) Combine all the above ingredients in a bowl, and using your hands, mix well until all is combined

2) There are two ways this was cooked, one way was to wet both hands with water, then take a small amount of the meat and place it on a wooden skewer, in the shape of a kebab. You then put it on medium/high heat on a grill for 10 mins, then rotate the skewer and leave for another 10 mins

3) The other way this was made was to also wet both hands with water, then form the shape of a kebab with a small amount of meat. Cook this on a very hot griddle pan, turning the meat when it browns on one side

Kafta cooked on grill

Kafta cooked on pan

You can serve this with rice or chips, with a side salad, dips/sauce. It is delicious whatever way you serve. Enjoy :)


  1. They look great! I have to taste them! :D

    1. Alhamdulilah they are! I hope you do :)

  2. I did not know about the parsley! Can you also add dried coriander?

    1. No harm in giving that a go - i am sure it will also taste lovely inshAllah