N.W. African Kitchen


Since living in this region, I have found a variety of spices that I had never used and have learned how food can take a new meaning with just creativity.


One of my top FAVORITES and easy to make is the following recipe:

Tagine Kefta (Meatballs)                        

This is a simple quick dish to prepare. It is made of meatballs in a tomato sauce topped with eggs. I fix it often when I do not have much to cook and I need a proper meal(which I always do 🙂


For the meatballs

1lb. minced beef
2 tbsp coriander or parsley (finely chopped)
½ tsp salt (or to taste)
½ tsp black pepper
½ tsp paprika
½ tbsp cumin

For the sauce

3 tbsp olive oil
2 garlic cloves, crushed
1 medium onion, finely chopped
1lb ripe tomatoes peeled and finely chopped
3 eggs
2 tbsp of fresh coriander or parsley (chopped)
½ tsp salt (or to taste)
½ tsp black pepper
½ tsp paprika


  1. To make the meatballs, put the minced beef, parsley or coriander, salt, pepper, paprika and cumin into a bowl, mix together well using your hands. Dampen your hands and form the mixture into small balls (about 1inch diameter).
  2. Heat the oil in a tagine or a frying pan.
  3. Brown the onions and the garlic over low heat until soft.
  4. Add the meatballs and brown them on all sides.
  5. Add the chopped tomatoes, salt, pepper and paprika. Cook gently over medium heat for 10-15 minutes. If the sauce dries before the tomatoes are cooked, add a little bit of water as needed and let it cook.
  6. When the meat and the tomato sauce are cooked, make three slight dips in the mixture and break an egg into each one. Cook for 3-4 minutes until the eggs are done.
  7. Scatter with the chopped coriander or parsley.
  8. Server and enjoy!


One response to this post.

  1. Posted by adikbongsu on November 7, 2007 at 12:18 pm

    Assalamu’alaikum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuh,

    Wonderful! 🙂

    Keep the recipes coming sister, I simply love them…



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