Kofta Curry Recipe


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Tomato sauce kofta curry is one of my very favourite recipes. Every month I cook Kofta curry on demand. Also, it is very easy and tasty.Koftas or meatballs are made with keema (minced meat). This is a Kofta recipe with tomato sauce.



500g / 1lb beef or chicken kofta( 10 meatballs)

2 fresh tomatoes, 3 green chillies
1 heaping tbsp tomato paste
1 onion, grated, 3 medium sized capsicum
1 tsp cinnamon ½ tsp black pepper
1/2 tsp each: nutmeg, cloves, cardamom
1/3 cup chopped parsley
Salt and pepper
Olive oil, for frying
For the spicy tomato sauce
1 onion, finely chopped
1 heaping tbsp tomato paste
2 400g tins good quality chopped tomatoes
1 tsp each: sumac, cinnamon
Pinch of saffron
Generous pinch of red pepper flakes, or to taste
Salt, to taste
Olive oil, for frying
Generous handful chopped coriander, for garnish


Shape the kofta by pinching tablespoon-sized balls of meat from the mixture. Roll between your palms to make a round shape. Heat a large skillet over high heat, and sear the kofta in olive oil until well browned all over. They do not need to be cooked through, just browned.
Finely chop the onion, and saute in olive oil over medium heat for 3-4 minutes, until it begins to soften. Stir in the tomato paste and fry together for an additional minute (this will get the raw taste out of the tomato paste). Add the canned tomatoes or the chopped tomatoes, chopped capsicum, sumac, black pepper, cinnamon, saffron and red pepper flakes. Taste and season with salt accordingly. Bring to the boil, then reduce to a light simmer, uncovered and occasionally stirring, while preparing the kofta.

Place the meatballs in tomato paste, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves and cardamom gravy. Stir the thick sauce and taste test once more, adding salt or red pepper flakes, to taste.  If using a pre-heated clay pot, remove the pot from the oven, transfer the sauce to the pot and nestle the kofta halfway into the sauce in your pattern of choice. If using the same oven-proof saucepan used to cook the sauce, simply nestle the kofta into the sauce. Garnish with chopped coriander & green chillies and enjoy with rice/pasta/bread.


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