Kofta Curry

Kofta is a soft potato dumpling, and we serve these golden koftas soaked in delectable curry greatly enjoyed by the children and also others who are not accustomed to the heat of red chilli. In this recipe I have used ginger to make the gravy spicy and used red chilli powder mainly for the color & flavor. However you can add more red chilli powder to suit your palate.

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Kofta curry

Kofta curry can be served as a side for Indian breads or pulao (rice dish). Now the recipe for Kofta curry is as below:

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Chapathi with kofta curry

Kofta curry recipe:


Yields : 11 kofta


  1. Potatoes (medium sized) – 2 Nos.
  2. Corn flour (corn starch) – 1 tbsp
  3. Cashew nuts – 6 Nos. (broken into small pieces)
  4. Raisins – 10 Nos.
  5. Salt – Β½ tsp
  6. Any neutral oil for deep frying – 250 ml (I used saffola oil)
  7. Corn flour for dusting
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Kofta ingredients

How to prepare kofta:

  • Steam potatoes for 10 min. and remove its skin.
  • Add cashew nuts, raisins, salt, corn flour & steamed potatoes into a mixing bowl.
  • Knead potato into a lump-free dough.
  • Divide dough into 11 balls of equal size.
  • Coat each ball with corn flour and keep aside.
  • Heat a frying pan with oil in medium flame.
  • When the oil is ready for frying reduce the flame and slowly drop the balls (3 or 4) one after another.
  • Fry them in medium flame until they turn golden.
  • In the same way fry remaining balls & keep them aside.
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Kofta recipe



  1. Oil – 1 tsp
  2. Onion (medium sized) – 3 Nos.
  3. Ginger – a thumb sized piece
  4. Garlic – 3 pods
  5. Red chilli powder – 1 tsp
  6. Turmeric powder – ΒΌ tsp
  7. Coriander seeds powder – 1 tsp
  8. Garam masala – Β½ tsp
  9. Tomatoes (medium sized) – 2 Nos
  10. Salt – Β½ tsp
  11. Cashew nuts – 9 Nos.
  12. Chopped coriander leaves for garnishing
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Curry sauce ingredients

How to prepare kofta curry:

  • Chop onions, ginger & tomatoes roughly and keep aside.
  • Heat a pan with oil in medium flame.
  • Add onion, ginger & garlic and saute until onion turn translucent.
  • Then add red chilli, coriander, turmeric powder & garam masala and saute for 30 sec.
  • Add chopped tomatoes & salt and simmer until tomatoes are well amalgamated.
  • Remove from heat.
  • Grind onion mixture into a paste when it reaches room temperature.
  • Add cashew nuts and grind into a smooth paste after adding a tbsp of water.
  • Heat the same pan in low flame.
  • Add ground masala & water (about 300 ml) into the pan, stir to combine and bring it to a boil.
  • Remove from heat.
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Curry sauce

How to serve kofta curry:

First we can keep a few koftas in a serving bowl, then pour the gravy over koftas, garnish it with finely chopped coriander leaves and serve with soft roti, chapathi, naan or pulao.

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How to serve kofta curry

Recipe notes:

  • We can add a tbsp of fresh cream to make it rich & creamy.
  • Although the sweetness of cashew nuts nicely complements this pungently spiced gravy, you may add half a tsp of sugar or lemon juice if needed.

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  1. Hey Megala,
    This looks so yummy. Would you say that this recipe is especially South Indian? Or typical of Tamil Nadu cooking? I can’t wait to make it! Thanks, Alonna

    1. This is not a South Indian recipe, and I tweaked a little to suit our palates. I hope you would like it too. πŸ™‚
      Thanks so much for reading my posts & commenting.

  2. How did I miss this wonderful post! looks so yummy and delicious ..it’s been years I made koftas now I feeling like making them again πŸ™‚

  3. I love your step by step presentation, gives a clearer picture. This one is my sister-in-laws favorite. She makes it with Bottle Guard. Will send her this one too!

  4. I’ve rarely found vegan approaches to kofta curry, so I’m especially thrilled to get your delicious recipe! I’ll have to try it out ASAP. I’m getting hungry just looking at those photos. πŸ™‚

    1. Yes, you can very well supplement kofta with protein by mixing boiled peas, or textured soy protein (soy meat) into the dough. Btw, thanks for stopping by !

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