Kofta is the common name for minced meatballs that are characteristic for many cuisines of the world – across the Mediterranean and the Middle East to Central Asia. Name Kofta comes from Persian kōfta (rissole), which means to grind or to pound.
It is a popular dish that is spread all over the world, which is why there are many variants. In the Middle East, they often use minced lamb to make kofta, chicken is often used in Asia, and vegetable versions of this dish are common in India. In the Mediterranean most common is the combination of beef and pork. Kofta also includes herbs and spices like cumin, coriander, pepper, mint, etc.
Traditionally, this dish is fried, but some healthier modern versions include steaming. It is usually served in gravy or curry and with some boiled rice aside. Kofta is mostly served for lunch, but it is up to one’s preferences.
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