Low Fat Kofta(Spiced Meatball) Curry

Research has shown vegetarian diet is a better defense against disease than the Non-vegetarian.But if you can't let go of the meat, then its best to choose lean meat ,that's low in saturated fats(leading cause of heart disease).Lean meat are good source of nutrients like protein, zinc, vitamin B12, and iron.Read more about Lean meat among WHFOOds.

Kofte,the spiced meatballs are a popular meaty delicacy in the Arabian and South Asian Cuisines.In Mona's remarkable Kofte recipe,the meat is seasoned to perfection and cooked in gravy with curry spices.This is certainly a very appetizing side dish ,the dry mango(amchur) powder(available in South Asian Stores) adds a smack to the meat,drenched in the gravy the meatballs soak up all the goodness of spices.

Recipe adapted from Mona's Amchur-Harimirch wale Kacche Gosht ke Kofte
Makes about 15-18 walnut size meat balls.


For Kofta(Spiced Meatball)
1/2 lb(250 grams) 99% lean meat(Beef\Veal\Lamb\Goat\Chicken\Turkey),minced
1/2 teaspoon Turmeric(haldi)
1/2 teaspoon red chili(sukhi mirch) flakes
1/2 teaspoon hot red chili powder(lal mirch)
1/2 teaspoon Dry Mango powder(amchur)
1/2 teaspoon each of ground cumin(zeera) and coriander(dhania)
1/2 teaspoon Salt
few leaves of fresh cilantro or mint ,chopped

For Curry
1 large or 2 medium onion(about 1 1\2 cup),chopped
1/2 cup low fat yogurt or Greek yogurt
1/2 teaspoon cumin seeds
1 clove garlic ,minced
1/2 inch fresh ginger,minced
1/2 teaspoon Garam Masala(Mix of ground cumin,coriander,cloves and cinnamon)
1/4 teaspoon turmeric
1/2 teaspoon hot chili powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 green chillies
few curry leaves.
2 teaspoon Extra virgin olive oil or canola oil

Process and roll the meat balls
Blend together all the meat ball ingredients in food processor or blender until well combined.Transfer in a bowl.Make walnut size balls with the mixture and set aside.

Mona's tip on storage and freezing :The balls can be made ahead and stored in a freezable ziploc bags or containers.Thaw before cooking.

Cook the Curry and Meat balls
Saute onions in a teaspoon of oil until caramelized brown.Add the ginger and garlic,saute for a minute or two before adding rest of the spices(turmeric,chili powder and garam masala).Saute for 2-3 minutes.Reduce heat ,slowly stir in the yogurt.cook on low heat for a minute.Puree the mixture in a blender while adding a 1 1/2 cup of water.
In the same pan add another teaspoon of oil,curry leaves and green chillies,when it starts to splutter,slowly pour in the onion mixture.Bring to a slow boil,carefully drop the meat balls.Cover and simmer for 20-25 minutes until the meatballs are cooked through.Serve warm with Whole grain Naan or pita.

Kofta Curry,the Mint Lamb chops and Kachchi Lamb Biryani are my contributions for Mona's Hyderabadi Bakrid Food Festival.

Prevent Cross Contamination
After handling raw meat\poultry,be sure to wash hands thoroughly and also the containers,cutting boards or knives the meat was in contact with.


Fabulous! That curry looks sooooo tasty!


Faiza Ali said…
Awesome, dear. Will try this version of kofta curry soon.
Ivy said…
The meatballs sound delicious although I doubt if you could call beef as low fat meat. Even if there is no visible fat outside, the beef has a lot of fat which is not visible.
Priya Suresh said…
Mouthwatering kofta curry, looks tempting and fantastic!
SE said…
very tempting...
Sarah Naveen said…
Oh my!!! that looks awesome...
Soma said…
Will you send me over some kofte curry? I love it ! Mmmmmmmm....
Manju said…
that looks delicious, Yasmeen!!
notyet100 said…
sis [prepared this few days bck,..platter looks so yummy,..:-)
Mona said…
Yasmeen, Jazakallahu Khiar for the entries! The clicks are mouth watering! Keep warm!
tasteofbeirut said…
Yasmeen your dish looks so inviting I wanted to grab a ladle and eat it! I hope to have the time to make it soon, perhaps in Lebanon next week!
Thanks again for the agave, I have not received it yet, it may be a few weeks before I have a chance to use it since I am going to be in Lebanon.
Wishing you a wonderful holiday season!
CurryLeaf said…
Very inviting dish and can be made vegetarian too.
Spice said…
tempting.....i make both veg. as well as non-veg version....
Sirisha said…
Great looking kofta.I like them spiced up.
Ayesha said…
Lajawaab hai Yasmeen!
Gita Jaishankar said…
Good idea to use lean meat for the curry...the gravy looks delicious too :)
Unknown said…
Ultimate spiced meat balls.Bookmarked to try.
Anonymous said…
The curry with spiced meatballs looks outstanding!
Sarah said…
Wish I could pop one in the mouth right now =)
Mythreyi Dilip said…
Really delectable Kofta curry prepared in a more healthier way. Love to try it soon!!!
Saritha said…
Wonderful curry and mouthwatering click.

Even i make the same way but i first boil the kheema balls and then i add it to the gravy.
Zaheer said…
Sensational Koftas..reminds me of home.
Arabic Bites said…
Wow yasmeen the kofta curry looks so delicious...
is that a tanor flat bread in your photo ???
very tempting meal :)
Anonymous said…
Assalamualikum Yasmeen,

It was a great recipe however no where you have mentioned about the use of Salt. I wonder if it was just a mistake or forgotten?

Healthy Grocery said…
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SEO Expert said…
Can you use Jarrah for smoking?
Well, WA's Jarrah wood from the Southern forests produces a thick smoke with an intense flavour. Box woods are a favourite for some, but for us the smoke is too thick and powerful and takes over the flavour of the meat. smokers for competition... It burns quickly though, so have some heat ready to ensure the meat is cooked through.
Delicious! I really love Low Fat Kofta, i have seen this in many blogs, but i didnt try yet, i will must try it,
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