Beef Keftas with Tomatoes and Eggs

Beef Keftas with Tomatoes and Eggs

This beef Kefta dish with tomatoes and eggs is hearty, full of flavour, filling and very nutritious from the array of herbs and spices including cumin, paprika, ginger and coriander.



Kefta Or Kofta is a popular dish in countries such as India, Turkey and Iran. Koftas consist of balls of minced meat usually beef or lamb. It is then mixed with spices and can be served with a range of vegetables. In this dish we have combined it with a tomato sauce and eggs, and it works great!



– 750 g minced beef or lamb
– 1 small red onion, finely grated
– ½ tsp. ground cumin
– ½ tsp. paprika
– ½ tsp. ground coriander
– ½ tsp. ground ginger
– 1 tsp. fresh coriander, finely chopped
– Pinch of salt and freshly ground black pepper
– 2 Tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil
– 4 eggs
– 2 Tbsp. parsley, chopped

Tomato Sauce:
– 1 large onion, chopped
– Garlic, cloves, finely chopped
– 1 small bunch flat leaf parsley, finely chopped
– 1 kg tomatoes, peeled, deseeded, and chopped
– ½ tsp. ground cumin
– ½ tsp. ground cinnamon
– Pinch salt and freshly ground black pepper
– Cold water


1. For the kefta, combine the minced beef or lamb, red onion, cumin, paprika, coriander, ground ginger and fresh coriander in a large bowl.
2. Season with salt and pepper, then mix well and shape into 3cm balls. You will get about 18.
3. Heat the olive oil in a large frying pan over a medium heat and sauté the kefta for about 5–7 minutes, browning on all sides. Transfer the kefta to a plate.
4. To make the tomato sauce, add the onion, garlic and parsley to the frying pan over and sauté for 5 minutes until softened.
5. Add the tomatoes, cumin and cinnamon and season generously with salt and pepper. Add a little water, stir and cook for 5 minutes.
6. Return the kefta to the frying pan with the sauce and cook for 30 minutes, or until the sauce has reduced and thickened.
7. Make four little indentations in the top of the sauce, then break eggs carefully into them. Cover with a lid or tin foil and continue to cook for about 3–5 minutes or until eggs have set.
8. Serve immediately with some parsley sprinkled over the top.

Nutrition Info

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