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Meat ball curry with potatoes (Kofta Recipe)

Meat ball curry with potatoes (Kofta Recipe)

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READY IN 1 hour
SERVINGS 6 to 8

Meatballs cooked in a rich curry are called kofta in Asian cuisine. There are many ways to make koftas and every region has its own special recipe of koftas. My sister in law taught me how to make koftas. I must say its a difficult dish, you will be very lucky if you get it right the time first time. It took me many attempts to get my koftas moist and round. Koftas can be made with beef or chicken but I will be using ground beef. The minced meat you choose should be dry or your koftas willl break while cooking.

Firstly, thinly slice the onion. Fry them till they are golden brown.  

Meat ball curry with potatoes (Kofta)

Blend it in a food processor till you get a smooth paste. Keep aside.

Take a deep pot, pour oil and blended yogurt. Keep stirring on medium heat or the yogurt will get crumbled. Add all the spices and salt.

Meat ball curry with potatoes (Kofta)

Add the onion paste.

Meat ball curry with potatoes (Kofta)

Add 1 glass of water and the potatoes. Close the lid.

Meat ball curry with potatoes (Kofta)

Meanwhile, prepare your meatballs. In a bowl, add all the spices and chickpea powder. Mix with the ground beef and shape into balls, you can make about 10 to 12 balls depending on the size.

Meat ball curry with potatoes (Kofta)

Open the lid place a steel strainer, place your meatballs on the strainer. The meatballs will cook with the steam of the curry for about 20 minutes. Some recipes instruct you to fry these meatballs but that makes them hard on the outside and meatballs lose their moisture.

Meat ball curry with potatoes (Kofta)

Put the meatballs in the curry with another half glass of water.

Meat ball curry with potatoes (Kofta)

Let it cook for 20 minutes or more till the potatoes are completely cooked. Serve hot with roti and fresh salad. Enjoy! 

Ingredients

  • 1/2 kg ground beef
  • 3 medium onions thinly sliced
  • 2 cups yogurt blended
  • 2 large potatoes cubed
  • Spices for the curry:
  • 1 tsp coriander powder
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric powder
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • 1 1/2 tsp salt
  • Spices for the meatball:
  • 1 tsp coriander powder
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric powder
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp garam masala
  • 3 tbsp chickpea powder
  • ginger
  • garlic
  • water

Directions

  • 1Fry onions on medium heat till golden brown. Blend till it becomes a smooth paste. Keep aside.
  • 2In a pot, add oil on medium heat. Add yogurt and stir. Add 1 tsp ginger,1 tsp garlic, salt and all the spices for the curry.
  • 3Add potatoes and 1 glass of water. Let it cook with the lid closed.
  • 4In a bowl, add chickpea powder and all the spices for the meatball. Also add salt, 1tsp ginger and 1tsp garlic. Mould to form 10 to 12 meatballs.
  • 5Place the meatballs on a strainer and over the pot. Cook for 20 minutes.
  • 6Pour another half glass of water in the curry and also the meatballs. Let the meatball cook in the curry for another 20 minutes or more till the potatoes are thoroughly cooked.
  • 7Serve hot with rotis/ boiled rice and salad. Enjoy!

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