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A delicious, easy take on an eastern classic dish. Kofta curry is a well seasoned meatball in an aromatic tomato curry sauce. Served over rice, it makes a delicious and very filling meal.

A side view of this Kofta Curry Recipe in a crock, ready to eat.

Kofta Curry

Kofta can be found in many cuisines, ranging from Indian to Asian and even Greek. While the names may vary from region to region, Kofta is a well loved comfort food in many cultures.

The meat used will vary from region to region as well, usually based on religious practices, and the spices will usually involve the prevalent spices of the local cuisine.

I love Indian food, so I took a crack at this Indian curry. Indian Kofta is served in a well seasoned curry, which I’d like to think I did a pretty good job with.

I served this over brown rice, which was delicious with all that sauce.

An up close shote of this Kofta Curry Recipe.

What You’ll Need

Meatballs

1 lb. ground turkey – I used turkey, but you can easily switch for ground chicken or beef. These spices will work with pretty much any meat you throw at them. Even ground pork.

2 tsp. garlic powder

1 tsp. onion powder

1 tsp. ground turmeric

1 tsp. ground coriander

1 tsp. ground cardamom

1 tsp. ground cumin

1 tsp. chili powder

½ tsp. salt

½ tsp. ground black pepper

Gravy

½ cup finely chopped purple onion – You’ll want to get these chopped pretty fine so that mashing them with the mortar and pestle will be easier and quicker.

1 tsp. fresh ginger – Here again, chop fine. You also have the option of grating the ginger on a microplane, if that’s easier for you.

4 medium garlic cloves – Also chop the garlic as fine as possible. Mashing them will be so much easier this way.

1 ½ tsp. chili powder

1 ½ tsp. garam masala

½ tsp. ground turmeric

½ tsp. dried cilantro – If you wish to use fresh cilantro, a loosely packed quarter cup should do the trick.

28 oz. can fire roasted crushed tomatoes – Check to make sure you get a can that does not have any added sugar. And if you can’t find them fire roasted, regular crushed tomatoes will work just as well. The fire roasted tomatoes give this dish a bit of extra “tang” that some people may or may not like. The choice is yours.

Salt to taste at serving – I used Himilayan pink salt, but any fine salt will work.

Kofta Curry Recipe in a light green crock, served with a side of brown rice.

Recipe Notes

It’s worth noting that I added a few drops of liquid stevia. I find that tomato based sauces usually benefit from a very small amount of sweetener.

While this is not necessary, or even called for in the recipe, I find that for me, it rounded out the flavors of the sauce.

To try this with sweetener, simply put a small amount of the curry into a bowl and mix in some sweetener of your choice to test and see if you like it or not. I don’t add it to the recipe because I have found that the majority of curries, don’t usually have any sweetener added. At least in my experience. But it really was a nice way to round out the spice and flavor here. So try it or don’t. Your choice

How To Make Kofta Curry

Step one of this Kofta Curry Recipe is to put the ground turkey into a large mixing bowl.

Place the ground turkey in a large mixing bowl.

Add the spices to the mixing bowl

Add all the meatball spices.

The mixed Kofta Curry meat.

Mix the spices into the meat thoroughly.

Mashing fresh onions, garlic and ginger for this Kofta Curry Recipe.

With a mortar and pestle, mash the onion, ginger and garlic into as much of a mash as you can get it. The more you mash them, the better.

Sautéing the onion mixture.

Transfer the mash into an oiled skillet. Sauté for about 2 minutes, or until the onions are translucent.

Adding the spices to the skillet.

Add the sauce spices to the mash.

Crushed tomatoes in the skillet to make the sauce for this Kofta Curry Recipe

Pour in the crushed tomatoes.

The meatballs simmering in the curry sauce.

Form the meatballs and place them into the simmering sauce. Cook for approximately 10-15 minutes, or until the meatballs reach at least 165 F. on a meat thermometer.

The finished Kofta Curry served with brown rice.

Serve with a side of brown rice.

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A side view of this Kofta Curry Recipe in a crock, ready to eat.

Kofta Curry Recipe

This delicious Indian meatball dish is served perfectly with a side of rice.
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Indian
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 224kcal
Author: The Gracious Pantry

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Equipment

  • Large Skillet
  • Large mixing bowl
  • Mortar and pestle

Ingredients

Meatballs

  • 1 lb. ground turkey (or chicken or beef)
  • 2 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1 tsp. onion powder
  • 1 tsp. ground turmeric
  • 1 tsp. ground coriander
  • 1 tsp. cardamom
  • 1 tsp. ground cumin
  • 1 tsp. chili powder
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • ½ tsp. ground black pepper

Gravy

  • ½ cup finely chopped purple onion
  • 1 tsp. fresh ginger (minced)
  • 4 medium garlic cloves (minced)
  • 28 oz. can fire roasted crushed tomatoes
  • 1 ½ tsp. chili powder
  • 1 ½ tsp. garam masala
  • ½ tsp. ground turmeric
  • ½ tsp. dried cilantro
  • salt to taste at serving

Instructions

  • Place the ground turkey in a large mixing bowl.
    Step one of this Kofta Curry Recipe is to put the ground turkey into a large mixing bowl.
  • Add all the meatball spices.
    Add the spices to the mixing bowl
  • Mix the spices into the meat thoroughly.
    The mixed Kofta Curry meat.
  • With a mortar and pestle, mash the onion, ginger and garlic into as much of a mash as you can get it. The more you mash them, the better.
    Mashing fresh onions, garlic and ginger for this Kofta Curry Recipe.
  • Transfer the mash into an oiled skillet. Sauté for about 2 minutes, or until the onions are translucent.
    Sautéing the onion mixture.
  • Add the sauce spices to the mash.
    Adding the spices to the skillet.
  • Pour in the crushed tomatoes.
    Crushed tomatoes in the skillet to make the sauce for this Kofta Curry Recipe
  • Form the meatballs and place them into the simmering sauce. Cook for approximately 10-15 minutes, or until the meatballs reach at least 165 F. on a meat thermometer.
    The meatballs simmering in the curry sauce.
  • Serve with a side of brown rice.
    The finished Kofta Curry served with brown rice.

Notes

Please note that the nutrition data given here is a ballpark figure. Exact data is not possible. Data does not include rice.

Nutrition

Serving: 0.25the recipe | Calories: 224kcal | Carbohydrates: 21g | Protein: 31g | Fat: 3g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 62mg | Sodium: 635mg | Potassium: 1021mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 10g | Vitamin A: 826IU | Vitamin C: 21mg | Calcium: 86mg | Iron: 5mg

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