Beef Kefta with Coriander and Cumin

Moroccan cooks like to knead their finely ground and spiced beef or lamb so that their kefta (meatballs or patties) will be smooth.

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  • Servings: 8


  • 2 pounds lean ground beef
  • 1 tablespoon ground coriander
  • 1 tablespoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon sweet paprika
  • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • Homemade Harissa

How to make this recipe

  1. In a large bowl, mix the ground beef with the coriander, cumin, salt, paprika and 3 tablespoons of the olive oil. Form the meat into sixteen 3-inch patties.

  2. Heat the remaining 1 tablespoon of olive oil in a large skillet. Cook the kefta in 2 batches over moderately high heat, turning once, until just cooked through, 5 to 6 minutes. Drain on paper towels and serve warm or at room temperature with the <a href="/recipes/homemade-harissa">Homemade Harissa</a>.

Suggested Pairing

Only a simple, direct, fruity rosé with an edge of sweetness can stand up to the sweet and hot spices here. Try one from Australia or Chile.

Contributed By Published February 2003

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