July 30, 2021: What about those meatballs in subways? Imagine them swimming in spicy richness in a desi Indian dish! Kofta is a family of meatball or meatloaf dishes found in the Indian subcontinent, South Caucasian, Middle Eastern, Balkan, and Central Asian cuisines. In the simplest form, koftas consist of balls of ground meat – usually chicken, lamb or mutton, or a mixture – mixed with spices or onions. The Chicken Kofta curry is a traditional dish from the ultra-flavourful Mughlai cuisine.
Chicken Kofta Curry
The utterly delicious and juicy koftas are heaven on a plate, and when you add the gravy, it’s the milky way descending!
Chicken Kofta curry sits at the heart of a table of dishes in the festival of Eid and the Ramadan feast. It goes fantastic with rumali roti or butter roti.
So, let’s dive into the humble yet exotic taste of Chicken Kofta curry and help you achieve it in your own kitchen. Here’s the recipe, rest assured to astound your family and guests!
Ingredients to make the delectable Chicken Kofta Curry
1. 500 grams chicken
2. 100 mililitre yoghurt (curd)
3. 100 mililitre tomato puree
4. ½ tablespoon garlic
5. ½ tablespoon ginger
6. 3 onions
7. ½ teaspoon cumin powder
8. ½ teaspoon coriander powder
9. 1 teaspoon garam masala powder
10. ½ teaspoon red chilli
11. ¼ cup mustard oil
12. 3 pinches salt
13. 1 pinch powdered black pepper
14. 1 handful coriander leaves
1. Season the minced chicken, sprinkling the given amounts of salt and pepper on it. Set it aside.
2. Heat oil in a pan. Add the chopped onion and saute them in the oil. Then add ginger and garlic paste. Cook for 4-5 mins and put tomato puree, cumin and coriander powder in the pan.
3. Sprinkle the red chilli powder and keep cooking until the oil and masala separate from each other. Then add garam masala and stir it well.
4. Take about 1 teaspoon of the masala to the minced chicken.
5.Time to move to the delicious gravy preparation. So, add the curd to the masala in the pan (over low flame), add some water to make a gravy and let simmer over low heat. Now beat some curd and add to the masala in the pan. Take notice to keep the flame low. Add water into the masala and let it cook until the masala reduces to a thick gravy consistency.
6. A bit of a craft! Take little amounts of the minced chicken mixture and form small balls. Then fry these chicken balls in 1 tbsp oil until they turn golden brown in colour.
7. Put the chicken kofta balls in the gravy and let it cook for about 10-12 mins. Sprinkle some chopped coriander leaves on top or a pinch of crushed kasturi methi. Voila! You got the tastiest chicken kofta curry on your dinning table!