Total Time
Prep 15 mins
Cook 30 mins

I have been making these for a while now. They are very simple to pull together and I can imagine if you made them smaller they would be nice appetizers on toothpicks. Serve with a yoghurty, garlicy, herby dipping sauce like #93230

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Preheat oven to 180C.
  2. Saute the shallot over a low heat in the olive oil.
  3. Add the pine nuts and cook until they get a little colour.
  4. Add parsley and remove from heat.
  5. Combine the mince with the paprika and cumin.
  6. Season with salt and pepper.
  7. You will need your hands to do this.
  8. Take a small tbs of mince.
  9. Flatten it in your hands.
  10. Place a tsp of the pine nuts in the centre of the mince and curl your hands around it into form a ball.
  11. Make sure the nuts are covered.
  12. Bake in an baking dish, on top of a rack for 30 minutes.
Most Helpful

2 5

Sooooo disappointed! I was really looking forward to these koftas and enjoyed preparing them and adding my own couple of twists (more cumin, a quarter tsp of cinnamon, 2 sauted shallots)......... And they came out tasting?...... Bland, bland, bland. Even pitta breads roasted tomatoes and a large dollop of tzaitzi couldn't help....... Maybe I'll add some chilli flakes and take these down a more Moroccan route?

5 5

absolutely lovely recipe. have tried this a few times & second time i toasted pine nuts first then mixed into mince mixture (not only in middle). wonderful flavours, definately a repeat performance!

5 5

These were so flavorful and the instructions are very clear & accurate. I like that all the fat from the meat drips down into the pan under the rack. I used ground beef sirloin for my mince. I highly recommend serving the with the suggested yogurt dip, as these do call out for a sauce.