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I just LOVE this Lamb Kofta in Green Masala Sauce!

I have a bit of an obsession for meatballs and cook them in their many guises. None more spectacular as this super fragrant masala sauce. It makes great use of a myriad of spices.

Meatballs or Kofta are a great way to utilise an inexpensive ingredient to create something very special. This Indian recipe is a fragrant, flavourful and deliciously spiced gravy which looks amazing too. I normally use lamb as it's more traditional, but have also cooked it using, ground/minced beef, pork, turkey and chicken - all with perfect results. It's one of the go-to curry dishes in my repertoire! You should give it a try - you'll be amazed how much flavour is packed into these tiny morsels of meat!

How to make my Kofta in Green Masala Sauce

Kofta in Green Masala Sauce

Kofta in Green Masala Sauce

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Prep Time20 minutes
Cook Time45 minutes
Total Time1 hour 5 minutes
Servings (adjustable) 4
Calories (per serving) | 574

Ingredients

For the Koftas

  • 500 g 1.1lb ground/minced lamb
  • 3 spring onions (finely chopped)
  • 2 green chillies (deseeded and finely chopped)
  • 1 tbsp fresh coriander (finely chopped)
  • 1 tsp allspice
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp garam masala
  • 1 tsp freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 garlic cloves (minced)
  • 2 tsp fresh ginger (grated)
  • 1 tsp salt

For the sauce:

  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 3 medium onions
  • 3/4 cup Greek style yoghurt (plain)
  • 3 green chillies (deseeded and finely chopped)
  • 1 tbsp fresh mint (chopped)
  • 1 small bunch fresh cilantro/coriander (finely chopped - stalks and all)
  • 2 garlic cloves (minced)
  • 2 tsp fresh ginger (grated)
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp garam masala
  • 1 tsp ground fennel
  • 1 tsp salt
  • freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/2 lemon or 1 whole lime (juice of)

Instructions

To make the kofta

  • Combine all the kofta ingredients in a large bowl by hand, making sure they're well mixed together. Set aside.

To Make the Sauce

  • Heat a large pan with the oil and fry over a medium heat the onions for a bout 4-5 minutes until they're soft and golden brown. Remove them from the pan with a slotted spoon onto paper towels to drain the excess oil.
  • Transfer the onions along with all the other sauce ingredients, except the lemon juice and blend, either in a food processor ir with a hand blender into a smooth paste.
  • Reheat half the oil from frying the onions and add the paste to the pan. Cook, stirring for a 4-5 minutes, then pour in 700ml of hot water and bring to the boil. Reduce heat and let it simmer gently.
  • take a small amount of the meat mix and make a small round (a little smaller than a ping pong ball, drop it into the sauce and repeat with all the meat. Shake the pan to submerge them. Simmer uncovered for 40-45 minutes until the sauce has thickened and the oil has begun to separate.
  • Remove from the heat, stir in the lemon juice and adjust salt to your taste. Serve with plenty of fluffy basmati rice with a sprinkling of fresh mint and coriander.

Nutrition

Nutrition Facts
Kofta in Green Masala Sauce
Amount Per Serving
Calories 574 Calories from Fat 396
% Daily Value*
Fat 44g68%
Saturated Fat 24g150%
Cholesterol 94mg31%
Sodium 1449mg63%
Potassium 450mg13%
Carbohydrates 18g6%
Fiber 5g21%
Sugar 8g9%
Protein 27g54%
Vitamin A 201IU4%
Vitamin C 23mg28%
Calcium 123mg12%
Iron 3mg17%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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