In the Kitchen

Ask Plated: What Is Kofta?

Find out more about these Middle Eastern meat kebabs known as kofta.


Kofta are meat kebabs traditionally eaten in countries across the Middle East region as well as the Mediterranean. They are often made by shaping ground meat—such as beef or lamb—into small logs. The name kofta is derived from the classical Persian word meaning “to beat” or “to grind,” a reference to the preparation of the meat. Whether these delicacies are enjoyed on skewers, served atop flatbread, or eaten on their own, they are undeniably tender and full of flavor.

Try kofta this week with the Lamb Kofta with Pistachios and Herb Salad.

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