Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Slow Cooker Lamb Kofta Curry



 Kofta is hindi name for meatballs. Then difference between italian meatballs and this is the Indian spices and milk/cream which is added to form layers of flavors that burst in your mouth. The most important spices according to me are Cashews,Milk and Fenugreek. This gives the sauce its creamy and rich taste.




HISTORY- Koftas were introduced to India with the Muslim conquests. Koftas in Indiancuisine are normally cooked in a spiced gravy, or curry, and sometimes simmered with hard boiled eggs. Vegetarian koftas are generally eaten by Hindus, with the exception of Kashmiri Hindus who by and large prefer meat koftas. 

 The British dish Scotch eggs may have been inspired by the Moghul dish  nargisi kofta  where hard- boiled eggs are encased in a layer of spicy kofta meat.

Variations of Kofta is in many cuisines:

In Lebanese cuisine, kafta is usually prepared by mixing the ground beef with onion, parsley, allspice, black pepper and salt.
In Moroccan cuisine, kufta may be prepared in a tagine.
In Greek Cusine their name is keftede and they are usually fried and eaten with  yogurt.
 They are very popular all around Albania and there are many small shops called Qofteri which offer Qofte and also serve beer.





Ingredients
For Meat Balls
  • 1 1/2 lbs ground lamb
  • 1 tbsp minced green chili (you can use jalapeƱo as well)
  • 1 tbsp ginger garlic paste
  • 1 cup boiled and mashed potatoes. (It helps in binding and keeping the meatballs soft)
  • 2 tbsp chopped cilantro
  • Salt

For Curry Sauce:
  • 1 cup chopped onion paste
  • 1 ½ tbsp ginger garlic paste
  • 1 ½ cups tomato puree
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp turmeric
  • 1 ½ tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 tbsp garam masala
  • 1 ½ tbsp coriander powder
  • 1 ½ tbsp kasuri methi (optional)
  • 1/3 cup cashews (blanched and turned into a paste)
  • ½ cup heavy cream
  • 1 ½ tbsp. cooking oil plus 1 tbsp ghee (clarified butter)
  • Salt

Direction


  • Mix together all the ingredients for the meatballs.
  • Wet your hands and make small lime-sized balls out of them. Put them on a baking sheet, cover with a plastic wrap and let it sit in the refrigerator for at least ½ hour and, at most, 1 day.
  • Heat oil in a pan and cook the onions till brown and then mince it in a grinder. Add all the ingredients in the slow cooker.
  • Mix it together and throw in all the meatballs.
  • Cook in high for 3 hrs or low for 6 hrs.
  • Serve it with hot rice or hot indian bread.

2 comments:

  1. Love koftas! Never had a non-veg one before.

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  2. Thanks for the breakdown of how different meatballs are made in different cuisines. The classic American meatball, as passed down through the generations in my family is to poke raisins or (even better) dried cherries inside, before frying in a salty pan. I have ground beef sitting in my fridge right now and will give your a try:)

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