Thursday, 21 May 2015


Potato & Peas Kofta Curry

Kofta, are introduced in India by in decades ago in Mughal era. It's shaped like meatballs, sometimes coated and sometimes not then deep fried in the oil. Indian and surrounding countries Koftas are served in a spicy gravy, as the dry version is often known as Kebab.

Koftas can be made with any vegetable or meat. In India, Koftas are normally vegetarian and made with Paneer, Potato, Mix Veggies, Soya Granules, Bottle Gourd and so on. Koftas are served with Paratha, Chapati, Roti and most of the time with steamed Rice.

The name Kofta is originated from greek verb Kopto, which means "minced". Usually in Mughlai and Awadhi meals Koftas were made with minced meats of all sorts, so it's called Kofta.

I always liked Koftas a lot, specially bottlegourd Koftas and potato Koftas. Whenever I'm left with any sort of potato mix, I quickly mix the flour in it, roll them out, deep fry them dung in the gravy and wallah, one of the main dish is ready for lunch or dinner. Easy and quick to make, Koftas are very good addition to the menu, when planning a meal for friends.


For Koftas:

Boiled Potatoes                 - 3 boiled and mashed
Green Peas                        - 1 cup boiled
Gramflour                         - 4 tblspoon
Salt                                    - To taste
Amchoor                           - 1/2 tspoon + 1/2 Tspoon
Garam Masala                   - 1/2 tspoon + 1/4 tspoon
Red Chilli Powder             - 1/4 tspoon
Oil                                      - for deep frying
Water                                 - for making batter

For Kofta Gravy:

Cumin Seeds                     - 1/4 tspoon
Asafetida/Hing                  - 1 pinch
Black Cardamom              - 1
Cloves                              - 2
Cinnamon                        - 1/2 inch stick
Bay Leaf                          - 1
Onions                             - 2 puree
Garlic                               - 6 cloves puree
Ginger                              - 1 inch puree
Tomatoes                         - 2 large finely chopped/pureed
Turmeric powder             - 1/4 teaspoon
Amchoor powder             - 1/4 teaspoon
coriander powder             - 1/2 teaspoon
Garam masala                  - 1/2 teaspoon
Salt                                   - to taste
Cream/Set Yogurt            - 1 tblspoon
Oil                                    - 1 tblspoon for tempering
Water                               - 2 cup or as per your choice of thickness
Coriander                         - 2 tblspoon finely chopped


For Kofta balls:

Mash the boiled potatoes in a deep mixing bowl. Add in the boiled peas in it.
Now add salt, 1/2 tspoon amchoor, 1/2 tspoon garam masala, mix it like a dough.
Now make same size round balls out of this mix. I made 15 balls out this quantity.
Once all the balls are shaped, keep them in the fridge for 10 minutes.
In another bowl, add Gramflour, salt, 1/2 tspoon amchoor, 1/4 tspoon Red chili powder, 1/4 tspoon garam masala, mix well.
Now add little water at a time, to make a thick batter, keep it aside.
The consistency of the batter should be like ribbon fall. If you drop the batter from a spoon and it falls in a continuous sting, it's called ribbon fall.
Heat the oil in a deep pan/Karahi.
Take out the potato balls from the fridge and Coat the them into the batter and deep fry them until golden from each side.
Keep the kofta balls aside after frying them to cool them.

For Kofta Gravy:

Grind Onion, garlic and ginger to fine paste.
Also puree the tomatoes. Keep the paste and puree aside and start with the cooking of gravy.
Warm 1 tblspoon oil heavy bottom pan.
Add all the whole spices Cumin, black Cardamom, Cloves, bay leaf, cinnamon and hing to it.
Now lower the flame to slow, turmeric powder, coriander powder, red chili powder, amchoor powder and salt to the pan.
Mix it well for a second and add onion paste to it.
Cook for 3-5 minutes until the raw smell of onion & garlic goes away.
Once done, add in the tomato puree to it. cook again for 2-3 minutes, covered with a lid.
Now add the 1 tblspoon of set yogurt/cream to the pan and mix it very well while stirring continuously.
Add in the water and let it boil for 5-7 minutes.
Sprinkle some finely chopped coriander on the gravy.
Check the consistency of gravy as per your choice. I keep kofta curry a bit thick else koftas go very soft and fall apart in the gravy. The kofta gravy is ready.

To assemble the koftas and gravy, your just need to take out the gravy in a deep serving bowl and dip the kofta balls into it.
Garnish them with fresh coriander and 1/2 table spoon of cream/yogurt.

Make sure you dip the Kofta balls in the gravy only before serving.
Kofta balls get soft if left longer in the gravy and fall apart.
Serve the Koftas with Rice, Chapati or Paratha.


  1. I am in love with this dish as its got all my fav spices !!Yummy. I am hungry now :)