Definition of kofta in English:


Pronunciation /ˈkəʊftə//ˈkɒftə/

nounPlural koftas

  • (in Middle Eastern and Indian cooking) a savoury ball made with minced meat, paneer, or vegetables.

    • ‘We tried vegetable and lamb koftas and were not disappointed.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Now wrap the noodles carefully around the koftas.’
    • ‘I discovered koftas, those wonderful little meatballs swimming in curry sauce.’
    • ‘There are also the more familiar kofta and shish kebab.’


From Urdu and Persian koftah ‘pounded meat’.