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Turkey Koftas

Turkey Koftas

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Prep Time

30 min



These lean turkey koftas are spiced with warm cumin and squeezed around skewers for easy shaping. The couscous is flavoured with carrot, toasted walnuts, sultanas and fresh coriander, and finished with a simple lemon dressing. Why not try testing these babies out on a barbecue for a kiss of smoke.

Prep Time

30 min



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For 2 people (double for 4)
1 lemon
120g couscous †
30g sultanas
200g carrots
1 tbsp ground cumin
2 garlic cloves
1 spring onion
20g fresh coriander
2 tbsp tahini paste †
British turkey thigh mince
250g British turkey thigh mince
4 wodden skewers
30g walnuts †
Panko breadcrumbs edit
30g breadcrumbs †
You Will Need
Olive oil, pepper, salt, vegetable oil

Nutritional Information*

Percentages are based on an adult's daily intake

  • 1 lemon
  • 120g couscous<span class="strong">†</span>
  • 1 bag of sultanas (30g)
  • carrots
  • Ground cumin seeds
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 1 spring onion
  • 20g coriander
  • 2 tbsp tahini<span class="strong">†</span>
  • British turkey thigh mince
  • skewers
  • 1 bag of walnuts (25g)<span class="strong">†</span>
  • 30g panko breadcrumbs<span class="strong">†</span>
Typical Values per 100g per serving
Energy 649 kJ
154 kcal
3048 kJ
725 kcal
of which saturates
5.4 g
0.9 g
25.2 g
4.2 g
of which sugars
17.4 g
4.4 g
81.9 g
20.8 g
Fibre 1 g 4.8 g
Protein 10.4 g 48.8 g
Salt 0.09 g 0.41 g
*Gousto’s nutritional information only applies to ingredients supplied by Gousto. The cooking process and additional ingredients added at home (listed under “What you’ll need”) will affect total values.
Ingredients contain
1 lemon
120g couscous
durum wheat (gluten) semolina (100%)
1 bag of sultanas (30g)
sultanas, sunflower oil
Ground cumin seeds
1 garlic clove
1 spring onion
spring onion
20g coriander
coriander (100%)
2 tbsp tahini
British turkey thigh mince
1 bag of walnuts (25g)
walnut (100%). May contain peanut, sesame & other nuts
30g panko breadcrumbs
wheat flour (gluten), sugar, salt, yeast
  • Allergens highlighted by † (gluten, sesame, nut)

In addition to the recipe specific allergen information provided, due to production and packing methods Gousto boxes may also contain low levels of the following allergens: Cereals containing gluten; Crustaceans; Eggs; Fish; Peanuts; Soya; Milk; Nuts: almonds, hazelnuts, walnuts, cashews ,pecan nuts ,brazil nuts, pistachio nuts, macadamia nuts; Celery; Sesame; Sulphur dioxide and Sulphites; Lupin; Molluscs; Mustard.

Cooking Instructions
Instructions for 2 people (double for 4)

Soak the skewers in cold water until step 2 (this prevents burning whilst cooking)

Peel and very finely chop (or grate) the garlic

Add the garlic to a large mixing bowl with the turkey mince, breadcrumbs and ground cumin - season generously with salt and plenty of pepper


Mix the mince well with clean hands

Divide the mixture into 4 (8) equal portions and shape into hotdogs (using wet hands helps shape the mixture)

Carefully pierce the skewer through each hotdog, then squeeze the meat tightly around the skewers, so it covers 2/3rd of the skewer

These are your koftas for step 4


Heat a very large wide based pan (preferably non-stick) on a medium heat

Add the walnuts and toast for 5-6 min or until starting to turn a darker colour, then remove from the heat (set them aside until step 6) whilst reserving the pan for the next step


Boil a kettle for step 5

Place the pan over a medium heat with 1 tbsp (2 tbsp) of vegetable oil, and when hot, add the koftas

Cook on all sides (total time approx. 13-16 min), or until browned and cooked through


Meanwhile, add the couscous and sultanas to a large bowl with 200ml (400ml) of boiled water and cover

Set aside for 10 min then fluff with a fork

Once fluffed, add the juice of 1/2 (1) lemon with the spring onion, 3 tbsp (6 tbsp) of olive oil and salt and pepper to your taste

Set aside for step 8


Peel the carrots, discarding the root ends, and grate them into the couscous bowl

Chop the coriander finely (including the stalks), and add it to the bowl

Chop the toasted walnuts roughly, and add them to the bowl

Mix well with a fork and season with salt and pepper to your taste


Combine the tahini with 50ml (100ml) of boiled water and mix until smooth

Add the remaining lemon juice, 3 tbsp (6 tbsp) of olive oil and season with salt and pepper to your taste - this is your tahini dressing


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Serve the koftas over the couscous with the tahini sauce drizzled over or to the side


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