Kofta Meatballs with Sweet and Sour Cherry Sauce Recipe

Cook Time: 35 minutes


Servings: 10


  • Sauce:
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 shallot, chopped (or 2 tablespoons diced red onion)
  • 1 cup dried cherries
  • 3 tsp honey
  • splash brandy (optional)
  • 1/2 lemon, juiced
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tbsp fresh mint, minced
  •   salt
  •   freshly ground black pepper
  • Meatballs
  • 1 lb ground lamb
  • 1/4 cup sparkling water
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tbsp fresh parsley, minced
  • 1/2 tsp cloves
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp cumin
  • 1/2 tsp allspice
  •   salt
  •   pepper
  • 3 tbsp olive oil


Cherry Sauce

  1. In a small saucepan over medium-high heat, add the olive oil and shallot and saute until tender.
  2. Add the cherries, honey, lemon juice, water and cinnamon and bring mixture to a boil.
  3. Lower the heat and allow to simmer for 5 minutes or until the sauce has thickened.
  4. Add salt and pepper to taste. Stir in the mint.


  1. Preheat oven to 375F.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, add the ground lamb, sparkling water, garlic, cloves, cinnamon, cumin, allspice, salt and pepper. Mix lightly to incorporate all ingredients. Form mixture into small meatballs.
  3. In a large frying pan over medium high, add olive oil. Add meatballs and fry, turning often to brown all over, about 5-7 minutes. Cook meatballs in batches if your pan is too small.
  4. After browning all the meatballs, place meatballs on a baking sheet and bake in oven for 10 minutes to cook through.
  5. Drizzle with the cherry sauce just before serving.

Olive oil


Dried cherries





Black peppercorns

Ground lamb

Sparkling water


Fresh parsley


Ground cumin


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