Braai kofte with whipped feta


  • 800g beef or lamb mince
  • 1 small onion, finely grated or finely chopped
  • pinch of dried chilli flakes
  • 1 tsp ground turmeric
  • 2 tsp ground cumin
  • 6 flatbreads
  • handful of mint leaves
  • pinch of sumac, to serve
  • 3 tbsp pine nuts, toasted, to serve


  • 150g feta, crumbed
  • 50g full-fat greek yogurt
  • 2 carrots, julienned
  • ¼ white or red cabbage, finely shredded
  • 3 spring onions, julienned
  • 2 tbsp tahini
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • squeeze of lemon juice


  1. Combine the mince, onion, spices and some seasoning in a bowl and pound with clean hands until really well combined.
  2. Divide into 12 balls and mould onto metal skewers. Chill until ready to cook.
  3. Put the feta and yogurt in a small blender and whizz until smooth and creamy. Toss the slaw veg in a large bowl, then whisk the tahini, oil, lemon, a splash of water and a pinch of salt until the consistency of single cream, and fold through the veg. Taste and add more lemon or salt, if you like.
  4. Heat the BBQ and let the larger flames die down, or heat the grill to high. Grill the kofte for 8-10 minutes, turning regularly, until golden brown and cooked through.
  5. Spoon the whipped feta over the warmed flatbreads and add the kofte. Serve with the slaw alongside, and sprinkle over the mint leaves, sumac and pine nuts to serve.

Grilled kofte

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  • 1 large onion, coarsely grated
  • 50g flat-leaf parsley, finely chopped
  • 400g lamb mince
  • 400g beef mince
  • 3 tbsp Turkish sweet red pepper paste
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • ½ tsp pul biber
  • 2 tsp dried mint
  • 1½ tsp freshly ground black peppercorns
  • 1½ tsp sea salt flakes
  • flatbreads, salad, hummus and chips, to serve




  1. Put the grated onion in a sieve and squeeze out the juice before putting in a large bowl.
  2. Add all the other ingredients and, with clean hands, mix well. Divide and shape the mixture into 12 patties and lay them on a baking sheet.
  3. Put the baking sheet in the fridge and chill the patties for 1 hour, removing them from the fridge 30 minutes before you’re ready to cook them. To braai, make sure the coals are hot but mostly white and the grill is also very hot.
  4. Cook the patties for 6-8 minutes on each side, turning carefully for even cooking.
  5. Try not to turn them over until they have charred and sealed on the underside to prevent them from sticking to the grill.
  6. Alternatively, preheat the braai to medium-high. Line a baking sheet with foil and lay a grill rack on top.
  7. Evenly space the patties on the rack and cook for 6-8 minutes on each side, turning a couple of times. Serve in flatbreads with salad, hummus and chips.
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