Kofta is a type of meatball dish usually made with ground meat. Some Indian versions of kofta are vegetarian and made with many different spices. Usually kofta is made with either lamb, chicken or beef. In some cases, pork is used but this is not very common.
Kofta, itself, is considered a “fast-food” item and perfect when served with hot pita/naan or in a buttered sandwich roll. It is really tasty when eaten with a spicy yogurt or chili sauce.
The kofta I made uses chicken and is a truly delicious dish. You can add these meatballs into any type of curry sauce for a fancier looking dish, or eat them in a wrap with some salad and chutney inside for a flavorful and quick meal!
You can make the kofta mixture ahead of time and save for anytime you’re in the mood for something different for lunch or dinner. They are a great option for an appetizer – but however you try to serve them, they won’t be around for too long. They are very addictive!
CHICKEN KOFTA (Curried Chicken Meatballs)
- For Chicken Kofta Meatballs
- 1 to 1.5 lbs. of ground chicken
- 1 medium onion (cut into quarters)
- 1 Tbsp. garlic paste or 3 garlic cloves
- 1 tsp. ground coriander
- 1 tsp. ground cumin
- ½ tsp. turmeric powder
- ½ tsp. garam masala powder
- 2 tsp. madras curry powder (hot or mild)
- 1 tsp. salt
- 2 Tbsp. of freshly chopped cilantro
- 1.5 to 2 cups of oil for pan frying meatballs.
- In food processor, add onion, garlic, coriander, cumin, turmeric, garam masala, salt, curry powder, cilantro and an extra 2-3 Tbsp. of water (if needed). Blend till a thick paste forms.
- Add masala paste to ground chicken and with fork or hand, mix all ingredients together by hand or with a fork till all ingredients are fully incorporated.
- Take about 1 Tbsp. worth of chicken mix and roll into a smooth, round ball. Continue with remaining meat till all meatballs are formed.
- In a deep skillet or shallow pan, heat oil on medium to medium-high and fry all meatballs (in small batches) till fully cooked and light golden brown. (About 15-20mins) Remove from heat and drain on napkin-covered plate to remove any excess oil.
- Serve hot alone or in a wrap sandwich with salad and chutney inside.
You have to try these kofta meatballs asap! You won’t be able to eat just one after you taste them! So flavorful and perfectly seasoned in every bite!
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