Minced meat (Kofta) fingers in pomegranate molasses sauce

Moushira Abdel-Malek , Tuesday 14 Nov 2023

Minced meat (Kofta) fingers in pomegranate molasses sauce
Minced meat (Kofta) fingers in pomegranate molasses sauce


Serves 6-8



500 gm minced beef

2 tbsp grated onion

1 tsp crushed garlic

2 eggs (beaten with some milk)

3/4 cup breadcrumbs

1 bunch each: parsley, coriander, dill (leaves only, finely chopped)

1/2 cup dry red wine (optional)

1 large onion (thinly sliced)

2 large tomatoes (thinly sliced)

4 garlic pods (whole, peeled)

3 tbsp olive oil

Salt + pepper + 7 spices + paprika + turmeric + thyme + cinnamon



Mix beef mince with the listed five ingredients to follow and all the seasoning.  Hand blend well by kneading, to reach a homogenous mixture.  Shape into fingers.  Heat a wide skillet on high.  Add oil and lower heat to medium.  Layer kofta fingers to fill whole base of skillet.  Place garlic pods distributed between fingers on any empty space.  Raise heat to high.  When bottoms of fingers start to brown, stir to colour on other sides, by gently turning them; using your discretion in adjusting heat from high to medium, until you reach a light brown colour all over the beef fingers.  Make space to stir in onion slices.  They will brown easily in skillet drippings.  Stir in tomato slices only for a moment.  Add wine and molasses.  Cover skillet tightly and lower heat to minimum low.  Allow to simmer for ten minutes only.  If sauce is  slightly dried out, add a very small amount of hot water.  Sauce should be concentrated not watery.  Remove away from heat and keep covered for an extra ten minutes or so; to continue cooking in its own heat.  Serve kofta in its sauce and wilted vegetables, with mashed potatoes or fluffed rice and a salad aside.

* A version of this article appears in print in the 16 November, 2023 edition of Al-Ahram Weekly

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