Sadia Hussain

Chicken Kofta Curry Recipe

Succulent koftas/meatballs swimming in spicy gravy is all you need to tuck into after a long day.

Kofta curry is a traditional Pakistani dish, and this is my easy version, cooked with simple ingredients found in your fridge and spice cupboard.


It really doesn't get easier than this so please try this recipe out on a weekend, you'll have leftovers for a couple lunches or dinners to enjoy throughout the week!

Chicken Kofta Curry Recipe

Sadia Hussain

SERVES

6

TOTAL TIME

1 Hour

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 kg/2 lbs ground chicken 

  • 1 teaspoon garlic paste

  • 1 teaspoon ginger paste

  • 1 medium onion, finely chopped

  • A handful of fresh coriander, chopped

  • 1 green chili, chopped

  • 1 teaspoon salt or to taste

  • 1 teaspoon red chili powder or to taste

  • 1/2 teaspoon turmeric powder


For the Gravy

  • 1 large onion, thinly sliced, fried golden brown

  • 1 large tomato

  • 1/2 cup full fat yogurt

  • 1 teaspoon garlic paste

  • 1 teaspoon ginger paste

  • 1 teaspoon salt or to taste

  • 1 teaspoon red chili powder or to taste

  • 1/2 teaspoon turmeric powder

  • 2 green chilies

  • A handful of fresh coriander with stems

  • Oil for cooking

  • 1 teaspoon garam masala (optional)

METHOD

  1. In a large bowl, gently mix ground chicken, garlic paste, ginger paste, onion, coriander, green chili, salt, red chili powder and turmeric powder. You don't want to over mix or koftas will be tough and rubbery.

  2. Make koftas and set aside.

  3. In a blender, add fried onions, tomato, yogurt, garlic paste, ginger paste, salt, red chili powder, turmeric powder, green chilies and add fresh coriander and mix to a smooth paste.

  4. In a large pot, heat oil, add paste from blender and cook on medium heat for 5 minutes.

  5. Add 2 cups water or more if you like a thinner gravy and cook on high heat until gravy is boiling.

  6. Gently drop in the koftas and cook, covered on low heat for 30 minutes until oil rises to the top.

  7. Add garam masala (optional).

Tips and Bits

You can make this with ground beef or lamb if you prefer.


Roast and grind spices for garam masala. Store in an airtight container.


You can freeze this curry in freezer bags or containers.

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