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Beef Kofta Curry (Pakistani Meatballs Curry)

Beef Kofta Curry (Pakistani Meatballs Curry)

Kofta curry is a Pakistani-style meatball curry made with tender, melt-in-the-mouth meatballs called koftas that are cooked in a savoury onion and yogurt sauce.

Beef Kofta Curry (Pakistani Meatballs Curry)
A classic Pakistani curry, koftay ka salan (meatball curry) is a favourite at most households. I have seen many fearing this curry but today my recipe and tips will help you attain perfect koftas. The meatballs are soft, juicy and tender and the curry base is so luscious. Many recipes use tomatoes to make their curry but I feel the onion and yogurt sauce is more closer to the authentic koftay ka salan. Also some like to deep fry their meatballs which I think gives a harder exterior and they aren't as soft then.

Beef Kofta Curry (Pakistani Meatballs Curry)

TIPS FOR PERFECT KOFTAS (MEATBALLS)

  1. I don't wash my mince. If you do, make sure that you drain any excess water so that the meatballs don't break while cooking.
  2. Ask your butcher to grind your mince twice for a finer consistency. If you can't get double ground mince then add all the meatballs ingredients to a food processor and pulse till everything is homogeneous.
  3. If you feel there is still excess water in your mince mixture add some more roasted gram flour.
  4. Make sure your meatballs are smooth before adding them to the curry. Use water to get rid of any cracks.
  5. Don't touch the meatballs with a cooking utensil while they are simmering. Just slowly move your pan to mix them.

Kofta Curry


Kofta Curry
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Kofta curry is Pakistani-style meatball curry made with tender, melt-in-the-mouth meatballs called koftas that are cooked in a savoury onion and yogurt sauce.

ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 3 yellow onion (sliced)
  • 1 tsp ginger garlic paste
  • 1 cup yogurt
  • 1 tsp cumin powder
  • 1 tsp coriander powder
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric powder
  • 1/2 tsp red chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp garam masala
FOR MEATBALLS
  • 500g beef mince
  • 2 tbsp grinded onion paste
  • 1 tsp ginger garlic paste
  • 3 tbsp yogurt
  • 1 tsp garam masala
  • 1 tsp red chili powder
  • 1 tsp coriander powder
  • 1 tsp cumin powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 tbsp roasted gram flour
  • 2 green chilies (chopped)
  • 2 tbsp coriander (chopped)

instructions:

How to cook Kofta Curry

  1. Heat oil in a pot and add the onions. Fry them till they are golden brown and then take out in a plate.
  2. Add a splash of water and grind the onions to a smooth paste in a grinder.
  3. Mix all the meatball ingredients together. Make golf ball sized meatballs and keep aside.
  4. In the same pot fry the ginger garlic paste. Add more oil if required. Then add the remaining onion paste, yogurt, salt, red chili powder, cumin powder, coriander powder and turmeric.
  5. Cook (bhonify) this masala till the oil separates. Then add 2 cups of water and bring it to a boil on medium high heat.
  6. Lower the heat and add the meatballs very carefully into the curry. Cover the pot and cook for 15-20 mins on low heat. Don't use the spoon for mixing the meatballs or they could break. Just shake your pot 2-3 times to flip them so that they cook evenly.
  7. Turn off the heat when the oil comes on top, sprinkle garam masala and garnish with fresh coriander and sliced green chilies.

NOTES:

You can replace beef with chicken, lamb or mutton. I add 12 meatballs into this quantity of curry and make flat kababs if any mixture is left.
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