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Chicken kofta curry {chicken meatballs curry}
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Chicken kofta curry {chicken meatballs curry }

A delicious chicken meatballs curry made with minced chicken, ginger, garlic, cilantro, red chili powder, turmeric and steam cooked in a spicy curry.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time35 mins
Total Time45 mins
Course: Entree
Cuisine: Indian
Servings: 4
Calories: 229kcal


  • Chicken meatballs:
  • 1 lb chicken, ground
  • 2 tablespoons wheat flour or rice flour for gluten free
  • ½ inch ginger
  • 3 garlic cloves
  • 1 small green chili
  • cilantro handful
  • teaspoon turmeric
  • 1 teaspoon red chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon oil
  • salt to taste
  • Gravy:
  • 1 medium onion thinly sliced
  • 2 tablespoons grated coconut
  • ¼ inch ginger
  • 3 garlic cloves
  • 3 tomatoes pureed
  • 1 tablespoon red chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon garam masala
  • teaspoon turmeric
  • 1 tablespoon oil
  • salt to taste
  • cilantro for garnish


  • 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.
  • While the onions are browning, make a fine paste of ginger, garlic, green chili, and a handful of cilantro. Mix it with ground 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 them aside.
  • Take the browned onions out of the pan. Make a fine paste of roasted coconut, browned onions, ginger, garlic, and cilantro.
  • Heat oil in the same pan and add the masala paste and pureed tomatoes to it. Cook on medium heat for 5-7 minutes. 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.
  • Stir gently and cook another 5 minutes. Garnish with chopped cilantro.
  • Serve with steamed basmati rice or thin rice flour crepes!


Calories: 229kcal | Carbohydrates: 9g | Protein: 25g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 72mg | Sodium: 178mg | Potassium: 543mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 825IU | Vitamin C: 4.8mg | Calcium: 27mg | Iron: 1.2mg
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