Spicy beef koftas with onion salad

Spicy beef koftas with onion salad
  • Time icon Takes 25 minutes to make, plus 1 hour’s soaking

Chef Bill Granger loves to serve these beef koftas with onion salad wrapped in naan or wholemeal flatbread with mango chutney, yogurt and salad.

Per serving (based on 6): 237kcals, 15.7g fat (4.6g saturated), 19.4g protein, 5.4g carbs, 3.8g sugar, 1.9g salt


  • 500g minced lean beef
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp ground coriander
  • Good handful chopped fresh coriander, plus extra sprigs to serve
  • 2 onions, grated
  • 1 green chilli, deseeded and finely chopped
  • 4 tbsp olive oil

For the onion salad

  • 2 small red onions, finely sliced
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • 2 tsp sea salt


  1. To make the onion salad, place the onions in a bowl, cover with cold water and add a few ice cubes. Set aside to soak for 1 hour, then drain and pat dry with paper towel. Put in a small bowl and stir in the lemon juice and sea salt. Set aside.
  2. When the onions have nearly finished soaking, preheat the oven to 180°C/fan160°C/gas 4. Put the beef, cumin, ground and fresh coriander, grated onions and chilli in a bowl with some seasoning and mix well with your hands. Shape tablespoonfuls of the mixture into 24 balls.
  3. Heat a large, non-stick frying pan over a medium-high heat. When hot, add the oil and a few koftas, with plenty of space between them. Cook for 2-3 minutes, until browned all over. Transfer to a large baking sheet and continue to brown the rest. Place the koftas in the hot oven for 5-6 minutes, until cooked through, then remove them and drain on kitchen paper. Alternatively, you can cook these on a barbecue along with the tuna kebabs.
  4. Put the beef koftas on a serving platter, scatter with the onion salad and extra coriander sprigs and serve with raita.

Recipe By

Bill Granger


Fancy getting a copy in print?

Subscribe to our magazine

Rate & review



Share a tip

Or, how about...?

Save recipe icon Save recipe icon Save recipe

Easy dinner ideas

Beef koftas with herb couscous

Try our delicious beef kofta alongside herb couscous for a game-changing midweek meal. Top tip:...

Save recipe icon Save recipe icon Save recipe

Friday night dinners

Lamb koftas with romesco and garlic yogurt

A crowd-pleasing, fun and utterly gratifying dinner of lamb meatballs, soft flatbreads, romesco sauce and...

Save recipe icon Save recipe icon Save recipe

Turkey recipes

Turkey koftas

A simple, cheap recipe for that Middle Eastern favourite.

Subscribe to our magazine

Subscribe to delicious. magazine this month and SAVE 50%


Download our digital version

Subscribe to the digital edition of delicious. magazine

Subscribe to the digital edition of delicious. magazine