Dip it in and eat it up; Day 20

I know this post is a few days late.

Sorry about that!

I also have to admit that we had lunch out for the first time in three weeks today, saying that though we have eaten at home every night.

Today is technically the last day we will spend in the Middle East on the food challenge, but I am a post behind. SO thanks to the magic of travel insurance (imaginary) we are extending our stop here.

I have taken a twist on Koftas today. Koftas are a word that describe beef meatballs or meatloaf. In it’s simplest form it is ground meat with spices and egg to form a smooth paste. Some vegetarians make them using paneer, whilst other meat lovers make it using a combination of beef and lamb, onions and spices.

Check out my take below:


Ginga Koftas

Serves 2


250g of Mince – I used pork but lamb or beef would also be fine
1 Egg
1 tsp of cumin
1 tsp of paprika
1/2 tsp of tumeric
1 tsp of salt
1/2 tsp of ground black pepper
2 Tbsp of Flour
2 tsp of Olive oil

Dipping Sauce:

50g of Natural unsweetened yoghurt
2 tsp of chopped parsley
2 Tbsp of Tomato Sauce


  1. Combine the mince, spices, salt and pepper in a bowl.
  2. Whisk an egg in a cup and then add to the meat mixture.
  3. Stir to combine.
    The mix
  4. Then sprinkle half the flour in, mix to combine.
  5. Check the mixture – if it is already clumping together nicely do not add any more flour. If not add a little at a time until it is.
  6. Heat a pan over a medium-high heat with the olive oil.
  7. Roll the meat mixture into small meatballs (around a 2cm diameter)
  8. Once the oil starts to smoke, add the meatballs to the pan.
    Cooking Koftas
  9. Cook turning until they are brown all over and have shrunk by around one third.
  10. Take off the heat and sit to rest.
  11. In a small dipping bowl place the yoghurt on the bottom then tomato sauce in the middle and sprinkle with parsley to finish.

And that’s Koftas for you!

I will be catching up on my posts later this week and will be sharing the end of our time in the Middle East.

AND traipsing our way through the beautiful aromas of Europe.

Have a happy day 🙂

– Ginga Musings

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