Chicken kofta curry {chicken meatballs curry }

Chicken kofta curry – A delicious dish made with minced chicken, ginger, garlic, cilantro, red chili powder, turmeric and then steam cooked in a spicy curry. A hearty curry made with a perfect blend of wholesome spices. chicken-kofta-curry-1

Over the last year I have met so many people who are passionate about food. I am learning so much from all the talented home-chefs and bloggers. I am loving the interesting conversations about food, cultures, recipe developing, cooking techniques and tools, the list will go on and on!  The best part of being a food blogger is this phenomenal journey and meeting all the wonderful people along the way.

During my India trip last summer, I met my sister’s friend, Sangita, who is an incredible person and a very talented cook. Knowing how much I love to cook and try new recipes, she offered to teach me one of her signature dishes. One morning,  Sangita came to my mom’s house with all the ingredients so that I could learn this recipe that she calls “Kheema Unde”. I had heard so much about this dish that I quickly jumped on the opportunity to learn it from the expert! chicken-kofta-curry-india It was a fun morning getting to know Sangita and to learn to make Kheema Unde or chicken kofta curry, as I call them.  I was truly humbled with Sangita’s love and the time she so generously offered. It was time well spent and memories made for a lifetime.

My boys who love curry, instantly fell in love with this dish. I have made it several times since and it is now a staple dish in our home. Served with paratha or rice the chicken kofta curry, makes a delicious and wholesome meal.

The recipe is pretty simple and fail-proof. As with most indian curries, the key is to sauté thinly sliced onions in oil for about 20 mins, as they turn golden brown on medium low heat. cicken-kofta-curry-golden-fried-onions While the onions are browning, make fine paste of ginger, garlic, green chilies and handful of cilantro. Mix it with the minced chicken, turmeric, red chili powder, whole wheat flour and salt to taste. Apply oil to palms and make small balls. I like to make them about the size of a small lime. chicken-kofta-curry-ingredients Make fine paste of roasted coconut, browned onions, ginger, garlic and cilantro. Heat oil in a pan and add the masala paste and pureed tomatoes to it. Cook on medium heat for 5 mins. Add red chili powder, garam masala and turmeric. Add salt to taste, mix well and add water for desired consistency.  After the gravy comes to another boil, arrange the kheema balls on top of the gravy. Cover and cook on low-medium for 10 mins. chicken-kofta-curry-steam Stir gently and cook another 5 mins. Garnish with chopped cilantro.chicken-kofta-curry-steamed-2 Serve with steamed basmati rice or thin rice flour crepes!

Chicken kofta curry {chicken meatballs curry }
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Recipe type: Entree
Cuisine: Indian
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Serves: 4
 
A delicious chicken meatballs curry made with minced chicken, ginger, garlic, cilantro, red chili powder, turmeric and steam cooked in a spicy curry.
Ingredients
  • Chicken meatballs:
  • 1 lb minced chicken
  • 2 tbsp wheat flour (or rice flour for gluten free)
  • ½ inch ginger
  • 3 garlic cloves
  • 1 small green chili
  • cilantro handful
  • ⅛ tsp turmeric
  • 1 tsp red chili powder
  • 1 tsp oil
  • salt to taste
  • Gravy:
  • 1 medium onion (thinly sliced)
  • 2 tbsp grated coconut
  • ¼ inch ginger
  • 3 garlic cloves
  • 3 tomatoes (pureed)
  • 1 tbsp red chili powder
  • 1 tsp garam masala
  • ⅛ tsp turmeric
  • 1 tbsp oil
  • salt to taste
  • cilantro for garnish
Instructions
  1. Roast grated coconut in a heavy bottom pan on medium low heat for 2 minutes. Keep the coconut aside. In the same pan, add oil and sauté thinly sliced onions for about 20 mins until they turn golden brown on medium low heat.
  2. While the onions are browning, make fine paste of ginger, garlic, green chili and handful of cilantro. Mix it with the minced chicken, turmeric, red chili powder, whole wheat flour and salt to taste. Apply oil to palms and make balls about the size of small limes and keep aside.
  3. Take the browned onions out of the pan. Make fine paste of roasted coconut, browned onions, ginger, garlic and cilantro.
  4. Heat oil in the same pan and add the masala paste and pureed tomatoes to it. Cook on medium heat for 5-7 mins. Add red chili powder, garam masala and turmeric. Add salt to taste, mix well and add ¾ cup of water and mix well. After the gravy comes to another boil, arrange the kheema balls on top of the gravy. Cover and cook on low-medium for 10 mins.
  5. Stir gently and cook another 5 mins. Garnish with chopped cilantro.
  6. Serve with steamed basmati rice or thin rice flour crepes!

 

14 thoughts on “Chicken kofta curry {chicken meatballs curry }

  1. I am so glad you left a comment on my blog because it gave me a chance to see how fantastic yours is! Those pictures are absolutely beautiful: the food is so vibrant, rich, and all one wants to do is eat! I also love the nutritional facts at the bottom! If I may ask, how did you create that? Great job!

  2. Hi Archana.Loved your recipe of chicken balls in spicy curry.The curry is not too spicy either and would really be great with the touch of coconut.Well do visit my blog at https://abhajhablog.wordpress.com.I am Abha jha and I share authentic indian recipes from my kitchen.I hope you will find something of your interest.I would like to be connected to your blog too.The recipe is great.Thanks for sharing.And your blog is awesome.

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