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Princess Jasmine Inspired Recipe – Easy Beef Kofta

This Easy Skewered Kofta Recipe is an easy 30 minute meal with tons of flavor. Perfect for any weeknight – and your kids will love to eat dinner just like Princess Jasmine! Raise adventurous eaters through creative and fun recipes they can relate to!


Princess Jasmine Recipe



Eat Like A Princess Recipes

Welcome to the Eat Like A Princess Series!

I designed this series as a fun way to teach my daughters about new cultures through the Princesses in hopes that they will become more open to trying new foods, to understand other cultures better, and to enjoy exploring the world around them. And still staying within the 30 minute weeknight dinner theme. You can see other recipes in this series here.


Easy Weeknight Beef Kofta Recipe


I remember really enjoying watching “Aladdin” growing up. Fun music, a sassy princess, and (for a girl who was raised in Iowa) an exotic land. What’s not to love? In an attempt to bridge the gap between strong/brave/clever girls and the stereotypical damsel-in-distress princess, we have been talking a lot about the empowering characteristics of each of the Princesses. We have been really playing up how they they are brave, smart, courageous and kind.  Princess Jasmine is definitely an independent, clever, head-strong girl who is so not afraid to speak her mind and stand up for what is right. I like that!


Princess Jasmine Kofta Recipe


Easy Beef Kofta Recipe

Kofta is a great way to begin to explore Middle Eastern/Arabic cuisine (they are also found in Central and South Asia, too). It’s very similar to a meatball or a meatloaf – made with various ground meats, spices, and various veggies. Often it is placed on a kebob and grilled (but they can be poached, steamed, fried, baked, or cooked in any other number of ways as well). I specifically chose to make kofta since most often meatballs are very familiar and a “safe” food, yet it still introduces lamb (mixed in with ground beef) and a slightly different spice and herb mix than you might be used to.


**Note: This recipe is not intended to be 100% authentic. Princess Jasmine is a fictional princess who lives in a made-up land called Agrabah loosely based on Arabic culture. This recipe is intended to be easy enough that children can help you prepare it. It is my hope that it is interesting enough to pique their interest in new cultures and foods. 


Easy Beef and Lamb Kofta


Get your kids in the kitchen:

  • soaking the wooden skewers
  • picking the parsley leaves off the stems
  • measuring the spices
  • forming the kofta (depending on  how old your children are)


Interested in adding more middle eastern recipes to your meal plan? Read the Beginner’s Guide to Kid Friendly Midde Eastern Cuisine for easy recipes and kid-friendly tips!


Princess Jasmine Recipe

Easy Koftas for Princess Jasmine – Eat Like A Princess

  • Author: Jenni
  • Prep Time: 15 Minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 Minutes
  • Total Time: 35 minutes
  • Yield: 4-6 Servings 1x
  • Category: 30 Minute Meal
  • Method: Grill/Broil


This Easy Skewered Kofta Recipe is an easy 30 minute meal with tons of flavor – and your kids will love to eat dinner just like Princess Jasmine! 



1 medium yellow onion

4 garlic cloves

1 bunch parsley, stems removed

1 lb ground beef

1/2 lb ground lamb

1/2 cup breadcrumbs

1/2 tsp salt

1/2 tsp pepper

1 tsp ground allspice

1/2 tsp mild chili powder

1/2 tp ground cardamom

1/2 tsp ground sumac

1/2 tsp ground nutmeg

1/2 tsp ground paprika

For serving:

Pita bread, hummus, tahini sauce, fresh sliced tomato and cucumber, couscous or tabouleh


Prepare a broil-safe rimmed baking sheet with foil and set aside.

Preheat the broiler to high.

In a food processor, chop the onion, garlic and parsley until finely chopped.

Dump this in a large mixing bowl and add in the ground meats and the spices.

Mix thoroughly.

Take a handful of the mixture and form a ball, then roll it between your hands to form a log (My children called it a turd, which is lovely and awesome when talking about food, but it totally works to describe it. So there you go.)

Slide the skewer up the middle of the kofta log and place on the baking sheet.

Broil for 20 minutes, or until browned and cooked through, turning halfway through cooking. (When you turn the skewers use some tongs – remember they are hot!)


* If you like, you can skip the skewer and just make meatballs. You can bake these at a 350 oven for ~25 minutes, or you can cook them in a skillet until browned on all sides. The choice is yours. ** We enjoyed making sandwiches with the pita, hummus, tabouleh, tahini, cucumbers and tomatoes all wrapped up together. You can also enjoy them all separately. Again, the choice is yours. *** If using wooden skewers, remember to soak them for 20 minutes before grilling.

Serve this meal with some whole wheat couscous or tabouleh, pita, hummus, fresh sliced cucumbers and tomatoes, and a garlic tahini sauce. Your kids will love to eat a meal inspired by Princess Jasmine!

Find other Eat Like A Princess recipes here. 


  • Reply
    March 14, 2017 at 6:44 PM

    Looks wonderful! Can’t wait to make these! My girls love Jasmine!

  • Reply
    March 15, 2017 at 1:19 AM

    Any suggestions for making a vegetarian version?

    • Reply
      March 15, 2017 at 11:39 AM

      Hi Shari! You can definitely use pureed veggies and/or chickpeas in place of the meat!

  • Reply
    Jennifer @ Show Me the Yummy
    March 15, 2017 at 12:38 PM

    Literally my favorite 🙂

    • Reply
      March 21, 2017 at 12:38 AM

      Aw, thanks!! 🙂

  • Reply
    Sue Ringsdorf
    March 15, 2017 at 11:53 PM

    What a wonderful idea of teaching your kids about the world. And these look wonderful!! Must try them!!

  • Reply
    Megan @ MegUnprocessed
    March 16, 2017 at 12:48 AM

    Your presentation is awesome! Great photography.

  • Reply
    March 16, 2017 at 9:30 PM

    What a wonderful way to introduce other cultures to your children! I look forward to making this with my little one. :)Your presentation is beautiful.

    • Reply
      March 21, 2017 at 12:38 AM

      I hope you and your little one enjoy it!

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    Sarah @ Champagne Tastes
    March 17, 2017 at 8:41 PM

    I LOVE this series! What an amazing way to teach your girls how to cook AND to eat food from different areas- it’s brilliant! (and hey- maybe it’s EXACTLY authentic to Agrabah hahaha)

    • Reply
      March 21, 2017 at 12:40 AM

      Thanks! Its been fun and I love introducing them to new things! And yeah, totally probably authentic Agrabah street food. LOL

  • Reply
    March 20, 2017 at 8:34 AM

    I used to work at a Middle Eastern restaurant and was introduced to kofta there. So delicious!

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    Veronika Sykorova
    March 20, 2017 at 9:07 AM

    I love discovering meals from cuisines I have yet to explore. This looks amazing, I’m saving it for later

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    Matthew From Nomageddon
    March 20, 2017 at 4:01 PM

    Now that last part about skipping the skewer just inspired me to make a new burger. Kafta burger? Sounds good.

    • Reply
      March 21, 2017 at 12:42 AM

      Yeeeeeees!!! That would be fantastic!

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    [email protected]
    March 20, 2017 at 5:35 PM

    Kudos to you for taking the omnipresent Disney princesses and using them as a gateway to actually explore global cultures and cuisines. It’s a brilliant idea, and great way to get your kids to broaden their horizons. The kofta sounds fantastic, and it’s a great way to cook lamb (something that can be hit and miss for some). It may not be 100% specific to one country or region, but a) it gets your kids interested, and b) you can tell them that very fact in order to introduce them to the complexity and opportunities for exploration! It’s awesome!

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      March 21, 2017 at 12:43 AM

      Thanks Sean!! 🙂

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    J @ Bless Her Heart Y'all
    March 22, 2017 at 2:28 PM

    I absolutely love this series! What a great idea. I’ve never had kofta but am a meatball lover so I know I would love this recipe! I bet couscous would be the perfect side dish for all this deliciousness!

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    March 22, 2017 at 11:10 PM

    What a great way to get your children interested in new cuisines. (Aladdin was always one of my favorite movies when I was a kid!) Amazingly, I’ve never had kofta, and looking at this recipe, that’s something that’s going to need to change ASAP. I absolutely adore the spices in this recipe, especially the cardamom and sumac. So aromatic! They must pair so well with the beef and lamb.

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