Oven-Baked Kofta Kebabs (Pakistani-Style)


These delicious kebabs are guaranteed to be a big hit! This recipe has been in my husband's family for generations. Serve with basmati rice or naan.

Prep Time:
20 mins
Cook Time:
40 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs
4 servings


  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil, or more as needed

  • 1 large onion, coarsely chopped

  • 1 pound ground beef, or more to taste

  • 1 egg

  • 1 tablespoon plain yogurt, or to taste

  • 1 tablespoon garlic paste

  • 1 tablespoon ginger paste

  • 1 teaspoon ground coriander

  • 1 ½ teaspoons salt

  • 1 teaspoon ground red pepper, or more to taste


  • 1 ½ teaspoons cumin seeds

  • 1 cup tomato sauce

  • 1 teaspoon salt


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).

  2. Heat oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Saute onion until golden brown, about 5 minutes. Transfer onion and 1 tablespoon of the oil from the skillet to a food processor and puree until smooth. Reserve remaining oil in the skillet.

  3. Place onion puree, beef, egg, yogurt, garlic paste, ginger paste, coriander, salt, and red pepper in a bowl. Mix by hand to combine. Form beef mixture into 4 to 5-inch-long kebabs using oiled hands. Arrange in a baking pan.

  4. Saute cumin seeds in the reserved oil over medium-high heat until blackened, about 5 minutes. Stir in tomato sauce, and salt; cook until heated through, about 5 minutes more. Pour the sauce over the kebabs. Cover with aluminum foil.

  5. Bake in the preheated oven until beef is no longer pink in the center, about 20 minutes. Uncover and turn on the broiler. Broil until brown, about 5 minutes more.

Cook's Notes:

Tomato paste may be substituted for tomato sauce.

For extra spicy kebabs, add about 1 teaspoon ground red pepper to the sauce.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

341 Calories
22g Fat
11g Carbs
23g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 341
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 22g 29%
Saturated Fat 7g 35%
Cholesterol 112mg 37%
Sodium 1990mg 87%
Total Carbohydrate 11g 4%
Dietary Fiber 2g 9%
Total Sugars 4g
Protein 23g
Vitamin C 7mg 37%
Calcium 55mg 4%
Iron 4mg 22%
Potassium 580mg 12%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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