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mom's recipe #13 - chicken kofta curry


  • For Kofta: minced chicken, 500g
  • 1 onion, chopped or grated
  • 4 cloves garlic, grated
  • 1” ginger, grated
  • 1 green chilli, finely chopped
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon garam masala
  • For Curry: 2 onions, roughly chopped
  • 1 teaspoon coriander powder
  • 1 teaspoon turmeric
  • 1” ginger, peeled and roughly chopped
  • 1-2 teaspoons water
  • 2 green cardamom
  • 150g plain yoghurt, about ¾ cup
  • 1 teaspoon chickpea flour (besan)
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder (or to taste)
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup water
  • 1 teaspoon garam masala
  • 2 tablespoons ghee
  • 2 tablespoons julienned ginger (optional)


  • 1. For Kofta: In a large bowl, combine onion, garlic, ginger, green chili, salt, and garam masala and with the minced chicken. Mix well.
  • 2. Divide the mixture into equal parts and roll into smooth balls, about 1½" in size, using wet hands. Cover and chill while preparing curry.
  • 3. For Curry: In a food processor, combine onions, coriander, turmeric and ginger, and a teaspoon of water, and grind to a paste.
  • 4. Heat ghee in a deep frying pan on medium heat. Add the onion masala and green cardamom, sprinkle with a little water and fry well until light brown, about 2 minutes.
  • 5. In a bowl add yogurt, chickpea flour, chili powder, and salt and ½ cup water. Whisk until smooth. Add to masala mixture in frying pan. Bring to boil and lower heat to simmer and cook for 4-5 minutes, until you have a consistent, thick gravy.
  • 6. Add koftas and let curry simmer for 8-10 minutes until cooked though. Lastly add garam masala and stir. Garnish with julienned ginger. Serve with parathas or rice.

    Serves: 4, as part of Indian meal
    Ingredients: 15
    Prep Time: 20 minutes
    Cooking Time: 15-20 minutes

Critical Ingredients

In case you don't have coriander powder, cumin works well too. Substitute fresh green chilies with jalapeños. The chicken can be substituted with any fresh minced meat. Chickpea flour (besan) can be substituted with corn flour - its key role is so the yoghurt doesn't separate.

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