Definition of kofta in English:


Pronunciation /ˌkôftə/ /ˌkɔftə/

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nounkofta, koftas

  • (in Middle Eastern and Indian cooking) a spiced meatball.

    ‘To make the kofta roast the coriander and cumin seeds in a fry pan on the stove and then grind in a mortar and pestle.’
    • ‘I discovered koftas, those wonderful little meatballs swimming in curry sauce.’
    • ‘We tried vegetable and lamb koftas and were not disappointed.’
    • ‘There are also the more familiar kofta and shish kebab.’
    • ‘Now wrap the noodles carefully around the koftas.’


From Urdu and Persian koftah ‘pounded meat’.