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An easy recipe for Lamb Kofta Curry, traditional Indian meatballs

Updated on September 27, 2015

Cook Time

  • Prep time: 55 min
  • Cook time: 45 min
  • Ready in: 1 hour 40 min
  • Yields: serves 4
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Tasty kofta curry
Tasty kofta curry

Kofta, basically is meat balls, although I have seen a recipe for making the kofta using soya; if that is your preference.

You could if you were pushed for time make this curry using any meatballs with out a sauce, although the great downside to that is that of course the commercially produced balls will contain all manner of additives and preservatives and things you can definitely miss out of your food. So let's make it ourselves, and this is what you need.

Two frying pans one with a tight lid

aromatic, colourful, and full of flavour
aromatic, colourful, and full of flavour

To serve 4

850 gms of fresh minced lamb

6 shallots [I like the banana shallots, the long thin ones.]

1 tin of finely chopped tomatoes

2 tsp chopped garlic

2 tsp turmeric, & cumin powder

3 tsp coriander powder

1/2 tsp cinnamon, & mace

1tsp Kashmir chilli powder

1-2 tablespoons of ghee

1 tbl spoon of oil.

1 tbl spoon of fenugreek seeds

2 eggs

1/2 cup yogurt.

Spices cooked in ghee

the spices begin to separate from the ghee
the spices begin to separate from the ghee
shallots cook on a low heat
shallots cook on a low heat

This is what you do;

The various powdered spices should be mixed and then put in a frying pan and gently toasted; you will know as soon as the aroma hits you that they are ready, remove from heat and do not burn them. Add the ghee and mix it into a paste and then put it back on the low heat. Slowly you will see the oil separating out from your mix, take time to enjoy the aromas; you will so much more enjoy the meal.

I begin most of my curries with this pre-cooking of the spices.

Add some oil to another pan and sprinkle the fenugreek seeds in. I have found that these seeds make a great deal of difference to the final taste of the curry.

Once they begin to pop with the heat, add your shallots and garlics and gently fry until they are transparent.

Add you tomatoes to the spices and mix, and then add your shallot mix to it and stir until you have a creamy sauce.

the tomatoes and shallots cook together
the tomatoes and shallots cook together
prepare your meat balls
prepare your meat balls
into the frying pan
into the frying pan

Make your meat balls.

Mix your meat, the eggs, a sprinkle of salt, some finely chopped shallots, and a little chilli powder together in a bowl. I then use an ice cream scoop to form my meat balls. Place then on a floured plate, but don't coat them, place them in the fridge for half an hour to firm them to make them easier to handle.

In the pan with the lid pour in your sauce mix, add half a cup of water, and half a cup of yogurt, carefully place into this your meatballs try not have them touching or they will take much longer to cook.

Bring to boil with lid tightly in place and leave for 20 minutes. Turn off heat and allow to rest for 5 minutes.

this is a really tasty traditional Indian dish, that you will find all across India.

Serve with chapatis or rice.


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A very nice sidedish for all curries is Cucumber Raita.

So just squeeze in the juice of the cucumber add a little sugar.

or you can make it like this.

Chop half a cucumber and squeeze out as much juice as you can.

mix together sugar about 1 teaspoon and fresh mint leaves, or bottled if you prefer.

One coffee mug of yogurt, Greek styles is okay and mix with the other ingredients.

fine chop some tomatoes and mix it all together for a delicious addition to your meal.


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      Thomas Silvia 5 years ago from Massachusetts

      Hi Tony, this sounds like a very tasty recipe, i don't think i have ever had lamb before .

      Have a great weekend my friend !

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      Tony Mead 5 years ago from Yorkshire

      hi Kashmir56

      thanks for the comment, you can use soya if lamb is difficult to find for you.

      cheers, you also have a good weekend


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      sweetie2 5 years ago from Delhi

      Surprise surprise , i never had the chance to taste this dish.. i would chk it out.

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      Tony Mead 5 years ago from Yorkshire

      hi sweetie2

      thank you for your comment, it's a great social meal too, for friends or just the kids love them.

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      Derdriu 5 years ago

      Tony, What a belly-growling, lip-smacking, tummy-scrummy recipe for lamb meatball curry! In particular, you do a great job of alternating clear instructions with encouraging, enticing, illustrative "pretty pictures." Also, I appreciate the tips, such as regarding the ice cream scoop and the half-hour chilling for ease in handling.

      Thank you for sharing, voted up + all.

      Respectfully, Derdriu

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      Tony Mead 5 years ago from Yorkshire


      After reading all my recipes today you must be famished. because when I read a good recipe, it drives me straight to the kitchen and on with the oven. This is a pretty universal dish most everywhere has its own version of meatballs. Change the spices for Italian herbs and you have another dish, equally scrummy.

      Well this seems to be the last of today's batch of comments and I'm delighted to have spent this time with you. I do appreciate your interest and comments with such insights and most of all you've made me look at my hubs with a different eye. You've inspired me to add certain elements to furture work and appraoch the writing in a slightly different way.

      I've four hubs of the boil at the momment and I am thinking about your questions as I write the new hubs; trying to answer them before you ask.

      thank you very much for this great help.

      Kind regards


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      Susan 4 years ago from India

      Wow... This recipe is something new to me and will surely try this out soon. Thanks for sharing. Good Day

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      Tony Mead 4 years ago from Yorkshire

      Vacation trip

      thank you for your visit, I hope you enjoy this dish.



    A great adventure to read eating your curry

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