Kofta is a Middle Eastern / South Asian meatball or meatloaf. They are minced meatballs of usually beef or lamb, mixed with spices and onions (Wikipedia). It can also be made with any other meat or even vegetables.
This curry brings to my mind a big two-storey naalukettu, my uncle’s maternal house, which is very near to my home. What is remarkable about this family is that the men in that family are fine cooks. I have heard several times my auntie saying so much praise-fully about the taste and variety of the dishes they made.
One day my cousin told she had meatball curry from there. Till then I had never tasted, or even heard about such a dish. I was very fascinated on hearing it and yearned to taste it! It never chanced me to taste it until I got married!
In the early easygoing days as a novice housewife, there was not much to do after my hubby went to office. Experiments in the kitchen were the only means to escape boredom. So I tried the stuff once!
I made it again last week with some left over beef. Spicy meatballs immersed in thick creamy gravy, along with cooked basmati is an absolute delight!
- Minced meat – ½ kg
- Onion (very finely shredded) – 2 nos
- Ginger paste – 1 tbsp
- Green chillies (finely chopped)– 2 nos
- Pepper powder –1 tbsp
- Garam masala – 1 tbsp
- Salt – as required
- Onion (sliced) – 2 nos
- Tomatoes – 2 nos
- Green chillies (split the edge)– 4 nos
- Ginger paste – 1 tsp
- Chilly powder - ½ tsp
- Turmeric powder – ¼ tsp
- Coriander powder – 2 tbsp
- Garam masala – ½ tbsp
- Medium thick coconut milk – 2 cup
- Kassori methi – 1 tsp
- Salt – as required
- Sugar – ½ tsp
- Oil – 3 tbsp
- Mix all the ingredients of meatball together.
- Make small lemon sized balls and keep aside.
- Immerse tomatoes in boiling water for 30 seconds.
- After that immediately put them into some cold water.
- Then peel off the skin and chop it finely and keep aside.
- Heat oil in a pan and fry onion, ginger and green chillies.
- When onions are soft add chopped tomatoes and fry for a while.
- Add chilly, coriander, turmeric and garam masala powders.
- Stirring continuously fry them till oil starts to separate from the mixture.
- Add coconut milk and salt and bring to boil.
- Add meatballs and cook uncovered on medium heat for about 10 minutes.
- When gravy thickens add sugar and kasoori mehti and remove from fire.