Kofta (meatball) Curry

This is a traditional curry recipe, not one you’ll find in an Indian restaurant. It’s the traditional Parsi curry that mum would cook for us on a Saturday night. Mum would either cook it with chicken pieces or kofta (spiced-up meatballs). Served with plain basmati rice and some a simple kachumba side dish. Honestly, this is the best curry ever.

Saturday nights in our house were pretty standard: Curry, followed by a bowl of fruit in front of 1980s Saturday night TV. Programmes like Happy Days, Starsky & Hutch 70sFamily Fortunes, 3-2-1, The Dukes of Hazzard and Starskey & Hutch. Trying to explain to my children the simple pleasures of a TV programme that doesn’t involve hysterical celebrities, crying contestants or egotistical judges is a lost cause.

I made this curry using my mum’s recipe, the photographs turned out rubbish as usual, but the curry turned out pretty good.

Anyway, this recipe is for a meatball curry, but we used to also have it with chicken:

  • 1 onion – finely chopped
  • 3 cloves of garlic – crushed or finely chopped
  • 1 piece of ginger (about 1″)
  • 1 green chilli
  • 3 heaped tablespoons of curry powder
  • 1 teaspoon turmeric
  • a fistful of corriander
  • half block of creamed coconut
  • 2 dessert spoons of desiccated coconut
  • 300g of peeled and chopped tomatoes
  • 1 tin of coconut milk
  • 1 cup of water
  • A few chopped potatoes
  • 3 heaped dessert spoons of smooth peanut butter (sounds odd, but trust me)


  1. Fry the chopped onion in oil or ghee until golden brown then add the garlic for a further minute
  2. Add the ginger, turmeric, chilli, curry powder
  3. Stir in the chopped tomatoes
  4. Stir in the desiccated coconut
  5. Add the water and stir until boiling
  6. Add the half block of creamed coconut and stir until it is dissolved.
  7. Add the tin of coconut milk
  8. Stir in the peanut butter
  9. Add the kofta and some boiled potatoes if desired
  10. Add the corriander

Kofta (meatballs)

  • 250g mince meat (lamb, beef, chicken, turkey or even tuna)
  • 2 medium onions (finely chopped)
  • 8 cloves of garlic (crushed)
  • 1 piece of ginger (about 1″), grind to paste
  • Half teaspoon turmeric powder
  • 1 green chilli (finely chopped)
  • Half tablespoon curry powder
  • small handful of coriander (finely chopped)
  • 2 slices of bread soaked in water
  • 1 egg
  • Plain flour


  1. Mix all of the ingredients together in a bowl except for the wheat flour.
  2. Make balls (about 2 inch) and roll each one in the wheat flour.
  3. Fry them  in about half an inch of oil until cooked, then add them to the curry.

Tip: An alternative to making the kofta is to buy frozen meatballs from Ikea and just add them to the curry.


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