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Pakistani Kofta Recipe

The thing I love about Pakistani/Indian food is its richness in flavor, all the herbs and spices that would surely please your taste buds, leaving you with not just a full tummy but a very satisfied one was well.

Kofta is one of my husband’s favorite Pakistani dishes.  It is basically spiced meatballs in creamy sauce, it is served with saffron rice or naan.

I have made a bit of twist in the recipe as we both aren’t quite fond of very spicy food.

Preparation Time:  20 mins

Cook Time: 1 hour


For the koftas / meatballs

  • 1 kg ground beef
  • 2 medium onions – chopped
  • 3 tsps.
  • 3 tsps. ground ginger
  • 1½ tsp. chili powder
  • 1 cups chopped cilantro
  • 1 ½ tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. pepper

For the CURRY

  • ½ cup Vegetable Oil
  • 2 medium Onions – diced
  • 5 cloves Garlic – diced
  • 1 ½ inch Ginger – minced
  • 2½ tsps. Turmeric
  • 2½ tsps. Ground Cumin
  • 1 ½ tsp. Chili Powder
  • 3½ tsps. Garam masala
  • 2 cups tomato sauce
  • 5 medium-sized tomatoes – peeled, seeded and crushed
  • 1¼ cup yogurt (full fat)
  • Salt (to tasted)
  • Pepper (to taste)
  • Sugar (optional, this is just to neutralize sourness)
  • Butter (the twist)


Kofta curry

  1. In a medium-sized bowl, mix all the ingredients for Kofta/meatballs, I used my hand to incorporate the ingredients very well.
  2. Form meatballs like the size of a walnut, put them on a tray and refrigerate while you cook the curry.
  3. For the curry, over medium heat put oil and sauté the onions for 3 minutes, use a deep wide pan.
  4. Add garlic, ginger, chili and spices and sauté for 5 minutes, stirring constantly.
  5. Add the meatballs, when they are golden brown flip them so that they are golden brown on all sides.
  6. Add the tomato sauce and the crushed tomatoes, season with salt and pepper and cook over medium heat for about 30 minutes.
  7. Add the yogurt and continue cooking on low heat for about 15 minutes.
  8. Serve the meatballs, topped with the sauce. Sprinkle with chopped fresh cilantro and julienned ginger.

For us it is best to eat Kofta with paratha. 🙂




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