Lamb Kofta Curry

Lamb Kofta Curry


900 g lamb mince
1/2 Tbsp ginger paste
1/2 Tbsp garlic paste
1 egg
4 Tbsp breadcrumbs
2 Tbsp coriander, chopped
Salt to taste

1 onion, blended
1 green chilli
3/4 Tbsp garlic paste
3/4 Tbsp ginger paste
400 g – 1 1/2 cups tomato puree
1 tsp ground cumin
1 tsp turmeric
1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
1/2 Tbsp garam masala
1 1/2 Tbsp coriander powder
1 1/2 Tbsp kasuri methi
75 g cashew nuts, turned into a paste
240 ml (1 cup) heavy cream
100 ml water
1 1/2 Tbsp vegetable oil
Salt to taste



Mix together all the ingredients for the koftas.

Make small balls (the size of a small lime) with the mixture. Put them on a baking sheet, cover with cling wrap and put them in the fridge to set for 1 hour.

Either deep fry them or boil them directly with the sauce until they are cooked through.


Blend the onion into a paste.

Heat the vegetable oil in a thick bottom pan and fry off your blended onion, ginger paste and garlic paste. Cook them until all the liquid in the paste evaporates. Make sure you cook this through and do so on a medium heat, stirring frequently so as not to burn it.

Once the paste becomes golden brown add the cumin powder, salt, turmeric, cayenne pepper and coriander powder. Stir and quickly add the tomato puree.

Cook the sauce until it begins to thicken.

In the meantime, blend your cashew nuts until they become a paste and add this and the cream to the sauce.

Cook the sauce for 5 minutes, then add the garam masala and kasuri methi.

Mix, add the water and all the koftas.

Turn the heat to low, cover the pan with a lid and let it cook for 15 to 20 minutes or until the koftas are cooked through.

Serve with naan or rice.

Credits: Manuela Zangara

Photo Credits: Manuela Zangara

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