Kofta With Tahini Sauce

As I promised before, I will be posting more Kofta recipes. This time its Kofta with Tahini Sauce.

By now, I think everyone is familiar with Tahini. Its sesame seed paste. Tahini is used a lot in the Middle Eastern  cuisine. Hummus and Mutabal are an example of that. 

This kofta with tahini sauce is something I used to eat as a kid. Some people like to eat it with white rice, but for me its always eaten with pitta bread. The choice is yours.

You will need:

  • Kofta
  • 3/4 cup Tahini paste
  • 1/2 cup Lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup Water
  • Two large Potatoes, sliced thinly
  • 1 tablespoon Vegetable oil
  • Salt, to taste.


Kofta With Tahini Sauce - spread and make indentation

I’m going to start this recipe at this step.  You can refer to previous steps in the kofta with tomato and potato recipe.

Spread the kofta in a 10-inch pan and make the indentation in it.

Kofta With Tahini Sauce - making tahini sauce step 1

To make the tahini sauce; in a bowl, mix the tahini with the lemon juice.

Kofta With Tahini Sauce - making tahini sauce step 2

Stir it well. It will become a very thick paste, then add the water to it.

Kofta With Tahini Sauce - making tahini sauce step 3

Mix it all well into a quite watery sauce then season it with salt and set it aside.

Kofta With Tahini Sauce - place potatoes on top of the kofta

Place the sliced potatoes on top of the kofta and add 1/2 cup of water. Cover the pan tightly with aluminum foil and bake it at medium heat until the potatoes are done.

Kofta With Tahini Sauce - Check if potato is done

Test the potatoes to make sure its done. Don’t over bake it or the meat will dry out.

Kofta With Tahini Sauce - add tahini sauce

After the potatoes are fork tender add the tahini sauce and bake it again uncovered for about 30 mins. This will help thicken and reduce the sauce.

Kotfa with tahini

Serve the Kofta with pitta bread or any other type you prefer.

PS. There is another way of making it on the stove top but without potatoes. You simply make the kofta into meatballs, then bake until done. In a pot add the meat balls and the sauce and bring it to a boil until it reduces, then serve.

Happy cooking, and as we say in Arabic “Sahha Wi Afia”

23 thoughts on “Kofta With Tahini Sauce

  1. Very interesting. So you live in Dubai? How cool is that? I have watched all kinds of TV specials about really interesting stuff over there. Your site is pretty cool too. One of these weekends when I need some comfort food instead of diet food I should try to make one of your dishes. Keep up the cooking! 🙂

    1. Thanx christy … well yea dubai is a very interesting place to live in .. very fast growing … you should visit it some time … and about my blog .. let me know whenever u get to try anythin … stay in touch … 🙂

  2. Hi Laila,

    Thanks for visiting our blog we have (me and my sisters). I love middle eastern food and will definitely be checking your site again. It’s cold here in Boston right now so I can only imagine sunshine in Dubai, but maybe a little food will help a mental escape.

    1. Hay Sarabclever… well its always sunshine here .. sometimes its too much too 😀 … but i know its better than being locked up because of snow .. and food always helps in both conditions … let me know if u try anythin on my blog .. stay in touch 🙂

  3. Yum! We have a name for this here, it’s called “shepherd’s pie.” My grandma used to make it a lot. She would have LOVED this version. Can’t wait to try. PS-Thanks for your comment!

    1. Im glad u like it fivefingerfeast … u r the first one who compares it to a shepherd’s pie … but its true … never thought about it though .. thats interesting … well let me know what u think when u get to try it … stay in touch 🙂

  4. I really love ur recipes, I’ll try them out once my new kitchen is fixed up, we r in the midst of moving houses right now..

    Could I just ask are there Arabic names for the dishes you make like this for example? They are so different from the “standard” Arabic dishes found at restaurants. I suppose its what people really eat at home isn’t it, how fascinating..

    1. HappyGrub: I try to mention as much names as i can .. for example this one is called Kofta Bi Tahini .. “bi means with” … i will make sure the arabic name is there too next time i make a post … and you are right .. this is home cooking .. u wouldn’t really find it in restaurants … most restaurants would have the appetizers such as the kibbi, tabbouleh, fattoush, hummus and so on … or the sandwiches .. like the falafel, shawarma, etc … added to that the BBQ stuff … but these i never till now saw a restaurant that sells it .. its different and really tasty .. and i even consider it healthy to a certain extend .. as vegs are always the main part in our meals …
      Im really glad you will be trying some recipes and i will be waiting for your feedback on it …
      congrats on the move … all the best 🙂 .. stay in touch

  5. Hi, I’m a mexican married to a Lebanese and currently living in Lebanon. I have tried this recipe cooked by my mother-in-law… it’s soo delicious. This is the first time i’m going to make it (inshallah), so wish me luck! Oh, and i would like to ask if you can also add onions or pine seeds to it?? .. Thanks for your blog!! It;s very needy!!! 🙂 God bless you!

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