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Middle Eastern Kufta Bil Tahiniye

If you are a big fan of Kufta and Tahini, why not combine them into one dish? You heard it right! You now have the chance to enjoy the yummiest Kufta bil Tahiniye (Beef kufta with Tahini Sauce), a traditional Middle Eastern dish made with beef meatballs seasoned with parsley, onions, and aromatic spices, arranged in a baking tray with slices of potatoes and cooked in the oven in lots of creamy, garlicky, lemony tahini sauce.

Crunchy slices of potatoes along side the kuftas and topped with fresh parsley.
Once you try it, you will never get enough of it!

Kofta in Tahini, The Best Combo Ever

Delicious kuftas and potatoes dripped in a creamy tahini.
A perfect meal for a chilly evening.

What To Serve With Kofta Bil Tahiniye

Moist Kufta bil tahiniye topped with pomegranate and parsley.
A meal that will leave you wanting more.

Top Tips for the most delicious Kufta Bil Tahiniye

A flavorful dish of kufta balls drenched in tahini and sprinkled with pomegranate.
It’s well worth the effort.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

How do you keep Koftas from drying out?

Cover the pan with foil brushed with olive oil to keep the Koftas delicate, juicy and prevent them from drying out too quickly.

I don’t like beef; can I use something else?

If it works for you, you can replace the beef with lamb or use a mixture of half beef half lamb.

How to reheat Kofta bil Tahiniye?

Store for up to three days in the refrigerator in an airtight container. It can be heated up in a microwave for one minute on high. Alternately, place it in a skillet over medium-low heat, cover it with a lid, and cook for 5 to 7 minutes, or until thoroughly warmed.

A bowl full of tahini sauce with baked kufta and potatoes inside.
Tahini is such a magical ingredient.

Ingredients You Will Need In This Recipe

Seasoning: 7 spices, coriander powder, paprika, garlic powder, onion powder, black pepper, and salt.

For the Sauce

Fluffy potatoes and balls of Kufta inside a bowl of lemony Tahini  sauce and topped with small bits of parsley.
Arabic comfort food at its finest.

Steps to Prep

How to prepare the Tahini Sauce?

Yummy balls of Kufta bil tahiniye with golden potatoes and pomegranate and parsley on the top.
A tasty recipe that totally hits the spot.

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Lebanese Fried Kibbeh Recipe

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Fattet Betenjan

Traditional Palestinian Musakhan Recipe

Green Bean and Lamb Stew

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Kufta bil Tahiniye sprinkled with parsley and pomegranate

Middle Eastern Kufta Bil Tahiniye

The traditional Middle Eastern Kufta Bil Tahiniye made with beef balls, flavored with parsley, onions, and aromatic spices and dipped in a glorious Tahini sauce alongside slices of potatoes.
5 from 6 votes
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Course Dinner, Lunch, Main Course
Cuisine Middle Eastern


  • 1 pound 80/20 lean beef
  • ½ cup parsley
  • ½ yellow onion
  • large Roma tomatoes
  • 5 garlic cloves
  • teaspoons 7 spice
  • 1 teaspoon coriander powder
  • ½ teaspoon paprika
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon onion powder
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • pinch turmeric optional
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 large russet potatoes peeled

How to Prepare the Sauce:

  • ¾ cup tahini
  • cups water
  • 2 lemons juice
  • salt to taste
  • 2 tablespoons yogurt


  • Peel and slice the potatoes into rounds or halves, then fry them until they are golden (you can air fry them).
  • Once they are done, set them aside.
  • In a food processor, combine the tomato, onion, garlic and parsley, and process until chunky.
  • Add those to the beef and then add all the spices and mix.
  • Shape the beef into patties or fingers and add them to your baking sheet along with the potatoes.
  • Bake covered at 400 for 25 minutes.

How to Prepare the Tahini sauce:

  • Into your food processor, add the tahini, yogurt, water, salt and lemon juice.
  • Process until a smooth sauce forms and pour it over the baked beef and potatoes.
  • Return to the oven for another 10-15 minutes.


  • Add more water if you want your sauce to be thinner.
  • For a smoother Tahini sauce, put the Tahini in a pot, bring it to a boil, and then pour it over the Kufta. 
  • Tahini can easily thicken once cooled off, so just add a few drops of water over it once reheated.
  • To let the Kufta mixture stick together, you can use maize flour, breadcrumbs, or a whisked egg to bind it better. 
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6 thoughts on “Middle Eastern Kufta Bil Tahiniye

  1. Iman says:

    5 stars
    Made this today and my family loved it ❤

  2. Ahmed Khan says:

    5 stars
    We tried this recipe and I don’t know if I will ever eat Kufta the same way again! The pine nuts and everything else was just perfect!

  3. Mysoon Hammad says:

    5 stars
    I have made this dinner for years and wanted to try a different way and followed this recipe and it was a hit. The flavors were great and very easy to follow.

  4. Aaliyah says:

    5 stars
    Lovely recipe! A very comforting meal.

  5. Maryam says:

    5 stars
    Easy to make and delicious. I also added some pomogranite molasses to the sauce for a little sweet flavor.

  6. Saba M. says:

    5 stars
    So good! Thanks for sharing!

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