Vegetable Kofta Recipe with Tahini Yogurt Sauce

Chickpea and vegetable koftes with tahini yogurt sauce

  • serves 6
  • Easy

Check out these spiced veggie koftes with chickpeas. These low calorie koftes are served with a nutty tahini yogurt sauce and come in under 415 calories per serving


*This recipe is gluten-free according to industry standards



  • vegetable oil for frying


  • chickpeas 2 x 400g tins, drained and crushed
  • garlic 3 fat cloves, crushed
  • carrot 1 medium, grated
  • sweet potatoes 300g, grated
  • coriander a small bunch, finely chopped, plus a few leaves to garnish
  • ground turmeric 1 tsp
  • ground cumin 1 tsp
  • ground cinnamon 1 tsp
  • dried chilli flakes 1 tsp
  • chickpea flour (gram flour) 4 tbsp
  • egg 1 medium, beaten


  • greek yogurt 150g
  • garlic 1 clove, crushed
  • ground coriander 2 tsp
  • tahini 3 tbsp
  • lemon ½, juiced
  • flatbreads 6
  • rocket a few handfuls
  • red onion 1, sliced thinly into half moons


  • Step 1

    Put the kofte ingredients in a bowl and mix. Chill for 10 minutes.

  • Step 2

    Combine the yogurt, garlic, ground coriander, tahini, lemon juice, seasoning and 5-6 tbsp of warm water (or enough to slacken the mixture to a thick pouring cream consistency), then set aside.

  • Step 3

    Fill a large frying pan with vegetable oil to a depth of 2cm over a medium-high heat and heat until a cube of bread browns in 30 seconds. Line a tray with a double layer of kitchen paper.

  • Step 4

    Once hot, use a dessert spoon to take a rounded spoonful of the kofte mixture and use the edges of the bowl to smooth it a little before dropping gently into the oil – there should be enough mixture for about 20 koftes. Fry for 2 minutes on each side or until deep golden brown, then remove using a slotted spoon onto the kitchen paper to drain. Keep the koftes warm in a low oven while you fry the rest.

  • Step 5

    Serve 3 koftes in each flatbread with a good drizzle of the yogurt sauce, some rocket leaves, sliced red onions and a scattering of coriander leaves, if you like.

Nutritional Information

  • Kcals 413
  • Fat 21.4g
  • Saturates 3.6g
  • Carbs 35.7g
  • Sugars 9.9g
  • Fibre 10.6g
  • Protein 14.2g
  • Salt 0.2g