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Kofta Curry

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“An African recipe with fantastic spices, occasional crunches of cardamon, the fresh taste of the coriander, totally delicious. I was looking for something different to do with the standard beef or lamb mince recipes, and this was a winner at home. Even my friend's fussy kids had a go and pronounced it excellent! My suggestion- double the recipe and freeze it for another night.”
1hr 10mins

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Put the minced beef or lamb into a large bowl, add all the remaining meatball ingredients and mix well with your hands. Roll the mixture into small balls and put aside on a floured plate until required.
  2. To make the curry sauce, heat the ghee or butter in a saucepan over a moderate heat and fry the chopped onion and garlic for about 10 minutes, or until the onion is soft and buttery.
  3. Reduce the heat, then add the curry powder and cardamom pods (or seeds) and cook for a few minutes, stirring well.
  4. Slowly stir in the stock, then add the tomato puree, yoghurt and coriander and stir well. Simmer for 10 minutes.
  5. Add the koftas a few at a time, cook briefly and then add a few more, until all are in the pan. Simmer, uncovered, for about 20 minutes, or until the koftas are cooked. Avoid stirring, but gently shake the pan occasionally to move the koftas around.
  6. The curry should thicken slightly, but if it is too dry add more stock or water. Serve hot on rice, garnish with coriander.

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