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We make kofta kebabs a lot in our household. Kofta kebobs are ground/minced meat mixed with spices and cooked up. A few months ago I posted about some chicken kofta in tomato sauce.  My spousal unit would be in perma-nirvana-state if I made kofta kebabs multiple times a week.

This particular recipe makes for a very bright and colorful presentation with the bell peppers, cherry tomatoes, pearl onions and chopped cilantro. The kebabs are moderately spicy, but if you are a spice-wimp you can reduce the amount of chili peppers and garam masala. We eat these kofta kebabs with roti or paratha (Indian flat breads). 


 Kofta with Cherry Tomatoes

  • 1 lb ground turkey
  • 1 medium onion, finely chopped
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons garam masala
  • 1 teaspoon garlic pulp
  • 2 medium fresh green chilis, finely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons chopped cilantro
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
  • 4 tablespoons corn oil
  • 16  baby onions (thawed if frozen)
  • 4 fresh green chilis, sliced
  • 16 cherry tomatoes
  • 1 red bell pepper, sliced
  • 2 tablespoons chopped cilantro


  1. Preheat broiler.
  2. Blend together the ground turkey, onion, garam masala, garlic, green chilis, cilantro, salt and flour in a medium bowl.  Use your hands to make sure that all of the ingredients are completely mixed.
  3. Form small handfuls of meat into small sausage shapes about 3-4 inches long and 1 inch wide. Brush the kebabs with 1 tablespoon of the oil and place under broiler for 12-15 minutes, turning and basting with oil occasionally, until they are evenly browned.
  4. Heat the remaining 3 tablespoons of the oil in a deep pan. Lower the heat slightly and add the whole baby onions. As soon as they start to darken, add the fresh chilis, bell pepper and cherry tomatoes.
  5. Add the kebabs to the onion and tomato mixture. Stire gently for about 3 minutes to heat them through.
  6. Transfer to a serving dish, and garnish with fresh cilantro.
  7. Serve with roti or paratha.

Comments on: "Kofta with Cherry Tomatoes" (1)

  1. We hadn’t heard of kofka kebabs before. It sounds like a great recipe for ground meat, and it’s always nice to have ground turkey. The spices sound nice and flavorful!

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