Meatballs in a tomato and cream sauce - Kheema malai kofta

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    This is an Indian dish that is excellent for parties. Feel free to substitute beef mince for minced lamb. Serve with pilau rice or flatbreads, such as parathas or pooris.

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    Serves: 6 

    • 450g beef mince
    • 1 egg, beaten
    • 4 green chillies, finely chopped
    • 5 1/2 tablespoons breadcrumbs
    • 1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh root ginger
    • 2 teaspoons finely chopped garlic
    • 1 teaspoon garam masala
    • salt to taste
    • 350ml cooking oil for deep-frying
    • 2 tablespoons cooking oil
    • 3 cloves garlic, finely chopped
    • 1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh root ginger
    • 1 teaspoon caster sugar
    • 1 teaspoon chilli powder to taste
    • 1/2 teaspoon garam masala
    • 1/2 teaspoon ground fennel seed (sanuf)
    • salt to taste
    • 800g tomato puree
    • 125ml water
    • 1 tablespoon dried fenugreek leaves (kasoori methi)
    • 4 tablespoons cream
    • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh coriander, for garnish

    Prep:15min  ›  Cook:45min  ›  Ready in:1hr 

    1. Mix the minced beef, egg, green chillies, breadcrumbs, ginger, garlic, garam masala and salt together in a large bowl until evenly mixed. Shape the mixture into balls (koftas) about the size of limes.
    2. Heat 350ml oil in a large, deep frying pan or large saucepan to 190 degrees C. Fry the koftas in the hot oil until browned and crispy on all sides, 10 to 15 minutes.
    3. To make the gravy, heat 2 tablespoons oil in a deep saucepan over medium heat. Fry the garlic, ginger, chilli powder, garam masala, fennel seed and salt in the hot oil for 1 to 2 minutes; stir the tomato puree into the mixture and cook until the tomatoes are deep red in colour, about 10 minutes. Add the water, fenugreek leaves and the koftas to the mixture and simmer until thoroughly reheated, another 10 minutes. Pour the cream into the mixture and cook another 2 to 3 minutes. Garnish with coriander to serve.

    Dried fenugreek leaves

    Can be found in Indian/South Asian stores.

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    Never thought I'd like anything to do with Lamb but this was great! Tasty and easy to do. Served it to guests as part of an East Indian feast and everyone loved it !  -  30 Dec 2009  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    this is a very tasty dish  -  26 Nov 2009  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    This was very very delicious and very easy to make too. I didn`t have fenugreek leaves, so used seeds instead. Great recipe to make meatballs with Indian flavor.  -  05 Dec 2010  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)