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Yummy Afghan Traditional Rice and Lamb Meatballs. Authentic Recipe of Kofta Challow.

Things to know about Kofta Challow Recipe

‘Kofta’ means ‘Meatballs’ and ‘challow’ is ‘rice’. This is another delicious recipe cooked regularly in Afghan households. Meatballs are made with lamb or beef, with a generous amount of herbs like coriander. These meatballs are cooked and served in tomato gravy. Traditional Afghan rice or challow is white basmati rice cooked with aromatic spices, called ‘char masala’ which is translated as “four spices”. However, it is a mix of 6-8 different spices. It is an easy recipe that you can cook regularly for your family. It is also suitable for big batches. Hence, many Afghans prefer it at family gatherings.

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Yummy Afghan Traditional Rice and Lamb Meatballs. Authentic Recipe of Kofta Challow.

Local Recipe Name with Local Characters: چلہ کوفتا
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— General Atributes of This Recipe:

Prep Time 30 mins
Cook Time 1 hr
Total Time 1 hr 30 mins
Dish Type Pilaf Recipes
Main Cooking Method Boiled, Boiled (Simmering), Steaming


Servings 4 People
Calories / Serving 1387 kcal



  • 3 cups Rice
  • ½ cup Vegetable Oil
  • 1 pc Clove
  • ¼ tsp Ground Cinnamon Powder
  • 1 tsp Ground Cardamom Powder
  • 1 tbsp Cumin Seeds
  • 1 tbsp Ground Black Pepper
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  • 2 cups Fresh Coriander Minced
  • 500 grams (1.1 lb) Ground (Minced) Lamb
  • 1 pc green pepper Minced
  • 3 cloves Garlic Minced
  • 2 pcs Onion Minced
  • 1 pc Egg Large
  • ½ tbsp Ground Black Pepper
  • tbsp Ground Coriander Powder
  • 1 tbsp Salt
  • ½ cup Oil
  • 1 cup Tomato Sauce
  • ½ cup Water



  • Wash and soak rice in water for an hour before cooking.
  • Boil water in a large pot.
  • When it comes to a rolling boil, add rice to it.
  • Cook until rice is soft with only a little crunch left.
  • Then strain the rice and save 1 cup of boiled water.
  • Transfer rice back into the pot, add oil, spices, and 1 cup of water that we saved.
  • Mix all the ingredients.
  • Now either cook rice in a 250F or 120C heated oven or seal the pot with a lid and a kitchen towel and cook for 30 minutes on low heat.


  • In a bowl, combine meat, eggs, spices, coriander, half of the onion, garlic, and green peppers.
  • Make small balls about 2 inches in diameter.
  • In a medium pan, sauté the other half of the onion. Add tomato sauce.
  • Add water and cook on high heat for 3 – 5 minutes.
  • Add meatballs to the gravy. Simmer for 30 minutes.


You can use beef instead of lamb.
Can be served with rice, salad, or yogurt sauce called Raita.

— Specific Atributes of This Recipe:

Religious Cooking Halal Recipes, Kosher Recipes


Calories: 1387kcalCarbohydrates: 119gProtein: 32gFat: 87gSaturated Fat: 19gPolyunsaturated Fat: 26gMonounsaturated Fat: 37gTrans Fat: 0.3gCholesterol: 92mgSodium: 2125mgPotassium: 761mgFiber: 5gSugar: 3gVitamin A: 840IUVitamin C: 8mgCalcium: 121mgIron: 5mg
Keyword Kofta Challow Recipe, Traditional Afghan Rice and Lamb Meatballs, چلہ کوفتا
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