Kofta is basically made from minced or ground meat, mixed with spices and shaped into meatballs. There are many kinds of kofta recipes using different types of meat and spices and various method of preparation. Koftas can be fried, grilled, steamed, baked or added into a spicy curry gravy. For my version, the koftas were kept simple with ginger and garlic mixed into the minced lamb. These two ingredients are a must for meat dishes, to add flavor and to get rid of the raw meat smell and taste.
The lamb koftas were cooked in a gravy of spices and yogurt. This tasty and delicious curry goes well with rice and bread.
For the kofta
350g minced lamb
1/2 inch ginger - chopped
5 garlic - chopped
salt for taste
For the curry paste
1 tsp blended/grounded garlic
1 tbsp blended/grounded shallots
2 tbsp plain chili powder
1/2 tbsp coriander powder
1 tsp cumin powder
1 tsp fennel powder
1 1/2 tsp turmeric powder
*** mix all these ingredients and keep aside
spices - 2 sticks of cinnamon, 1 star anise and 5 cloves
1 large tomato - sliced
2 tbsp yogurt
2 sprigs curry leaves
1/4 cup oil
salt for taste
1/2 liter water
Mix all ingredients for kofta and shape into small balls (keep aside)
Heat oil and when heated, fry spices for 1-2 mins.
Add curry paste and stir in between until aromatic and the oil starts to float.
Add tomato and curry leaves and continue to stir.
Pour water, stir all ingredients to combine in and simmer until curry is heated through.
Gently drop the kofta inside.
Once the koftas are done, off the heat, add yogurt and stir into the curry.