Beef & rose koftas

  • Preparation time: 15 minutes
  • Cooking time: 15 minutes
  • Total time: 30 minutes 30 minutes

Makes: 6


1 tbsp olive oil
2 shallots, finely diced
1 tsp cumin seeds
½ tsp ground cinnamon
500g pack Waitrose Aberdeen Angus Lean Ground Beef
1½ tsp Belazu Rose Harissa
12 drops rose water, or to taste
½ tsp Maldon Sea Salt


1. Prepare and light the barbecue, or preheat the grill to high. Soak 6 long wooden skewers in cold water for at least 30 minutes. Warm the oil in a frying pan over a high heat. Add the shallots and fry for 5 minutes or until golden. Remove from the heat and add the cumin and cinnamon. Stir well to combine then set aside to cool completely.

2. Place the mince in a large bowl. Add the cooled onion mixture, harissa, rose water and salt. Using your hands, knead the mixture for about 3 minutes or until well combined and smooth.

3. Divide the mixture into 6 even pieces. With dampened hands, shape each portion of mince around the prepared skewers until the mixture forms a sausage shape about 17cm long.

4. Barbecue or grill the koftas for 8-10 minutes, turning them with tongs 2-3 times during cooking until fully cooked through with no pink meat. Serve immediately with salad and a spoonful of Greek yogurt dusted with cinnamon.