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JTFG: Kofta (Spiced Meatballs)

Kofta FTW
Course Main Dish
Cuisine American
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 12 Meatballs
Author Jim


  • 2 Pounds Ground turkey
  • 2 Teaspoons onion powder
  • 2 Teaspoons Garlic Powder
  • 2 Teaspoons paprika
  • 2 Teaspoons Coriander seed
  • 2 Teaspoons Cumin seed
  • 2 Teaspoon Thyme (Fresh or dried)
  • 2 Teaspoons Tumeric
  • 2 Teaspoons Black Peppercorns
  • 1 Teaspoons Allspice
  • 1 Teaspoon Red Pepper flake
  • 2 Teaspoons salt


  • In small pan over very low heat, add the black peppercorns, cumin, allspice, coriander, and red pepper flake. Gently toast for 2-3 minutes to wake up the spices.
  • Combine toasted spices into spice grinder, coffee grinder*, or mortar and pestle and grind**. Add all spices (toasted and not) into the ground meat and gently combine. Using an ice cream scoop or 1/3 cup measuring spoon, make small balls of the meat.
  • Cook your kofta on the grill/in a saute pan for ~8-10 minutes or in a 350 deg F oven (takes 15-18 minutes) or until the internal temperature is 165 deg F.


*If you use a coffee grinder, run a 1/2 slice of bread in it before and after grinding, or else your morning joe will taste, spicy.
**If you don't have any of those, put the spices into a resealable plastic bag and use a rolling pin or wine bottle to grind the spices. It may take a minute, but it'll be worth it.


Serving: 12People | Calories: 90kcal