Baked Kofta Kebab Recipe: A Delicious, Grilled-Free Option

written by Mirriam Seddiq
4 · 07 · 22

Today we share our baked kofta kebab recipe.

There is nothing like the taste of grilled kebab. The smoky flavor from the grill just can’t be beaten. But sometimes, you don’t want to go through the hassle of firing up the grill. Or maybe it’s too cold outside for that. No problem!

We’ve got a delicious recipe for baked kofta kebab that will satisfy your cravings. This dish is made with ground beef, layered with sliced potatoes, and then covered in a rich tomato sauce. So good, you’ll forget all about those greasy kebabs from your favorite restaurant!

Origins of Kofta Kebab

The origins of kofta kebab are disputed. Some say it originated in Persia, while others believe it came from India. Regardless of its origins, this dish has become a popular menu item. Afghans will, of course, say it came from Afghanistan. 🙂

It is often made with ground lamb or beef and can be grilled or baked. Kofta kebab is typically served with rice or flatbread and various dipping sauces. (like our Afghan chutney)

My Inspiration for this Recipe

I found a TikTok video by Cooking with Mariyah. (Instagram TikTok) She does fantastic recipe videos. This recipe particularly struck me because I loved the aesthetic of the kebab meat alternating with the sliced potatoes.

baked kofta kebab
baked kofta kebab

Of course, the benefit of baking kebab during Ramadan, or any other time, is that you don’t have to pull out the grill. Time is precious during Ramadan, and everyone is tired.

This recipe is simple, and if you throw in an Afghan salata, you have an entire meal!

Changes to the Baked Kofta Kebab

I borrowed mainly from Mariyah’s recipe, but I did change a few of the ingredients.

Specifically, I used the tomato sauce that I used in my mantu recipe here.

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Baked Kofta Kebab Recipe: A Delicious, Grilled-Free Option

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This baked kofta kebab recipe will be an instant family it. Who does not love meat and potatoes?



2 Pounds of Ground Beef

4 Potatoes

3 Onions

5 cloves of Garlic

1 Bunch of Cilantro

1 Tablespoon of Turmeric

2 Tablespoons Ground Coriander

2 Tablespoons Ground Cumin

1 Tablespoon Paprika

1 1/2 Teaspoons of Salt

Sauce Recipe from my Mantu


1. Dice your garlic, chop your onion, and cut your cilantro.

2. Then, add all of the above to your meat mixture and the spices. Mix thoroughly.

3. After that, peel your potatoes. Finally, par-boil your potatoes until they can pierce but not fall apart.

4. At this point give your time to make the sauce you will pour over it. Use the same sauce instructions from my mantu recipe.

5. Now, assemble your plate. Slice the potatoes. Portion your meat into balls then flatten. Line the plate with the potatoes so the meat doesn’t burn. Then, alternate potatoes and kofta.

6. Place in preheated oven at 450 degrees for 10 minutes. Then, take out, cover in sauce, and cover dish in foil. Bake at 400 for an additional 25-30 minutes or until meat is cooked and potatoes are tender.


Great served with our green chutney or yogurt sauce, a salad, and bread.

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Mirriam Seddiq

I am Mirriam Z. Seddiq, the Afghan Cook. I was born in Afghanistan and came to America as a when I was 18 months old. I am a criminal defense, personal injury, and immigration attorney. I started the first Muslim American Woman Political Action Committee, once owned a coffee shop and a restaurant, and currently am the CEO of the Komak Foundation which focuses its efforts on helping Afghan refugees.

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  1. Anita

    I didn’t realize till after cooking, your recipe didn’t include salt. Salt is what brings out the flavors

    • Mirriam Seddiq

      There is definitely salt in the video and recipe. Our website editor made an error on the recipe card and we are so sorry!


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