Chicken Kofta Curry (Chicken Meatballs in Spicy Indian Curry)

Chicken Kofta Curry (Chicken Meatballs in Spicy Indian Curry) is a recipe from Lucknow(India) where kofta/meatballs are made at home and delicately simmered to perfection in a flavorful creamy sauce.Chicken-kofta-curry

The transition of autumn to fall is such a perfect time for warm and delicious comfort food like this Chicken Kofta Curry (Chicken Meatballs in Spicy Indian Curry).

We have tons of varieties of soups, casseroles, baked goodies and in India, it’s the time when we love to eat creamy-saucy curries….

Something that’s rich in texture, flavor and calms not only our hunger but the soul too 😉


No matter how far we stay or how long we’ve lived out of India, the first mention of curry, makes us nostalgic and emotional.

And just the other day, a couple of us foodie friends were discussing our city, culture, and food and that conversation sure left us with a thirst of home cooked meals back in childhood days.

So I planned to make these Chicken Kofta Curry which are such a delicacy from ‘Lucknow‘ (UP in India) – also known as the ‘city of nawabs‘.

Lucknow is famous for its cloth embroidery, sweets, street food, it’s rich culture and Mughlai food (Vegetarian & Non-Vegetarian).

Chicken Kofta Curry Meatballs Spicy Indian Curry

These chicken koftas are so easy to make, all you need is some ground chicken, spices, flour and you are good to go. The curry is a simple yet adds such a delicious flavor. So here we go with the recipe details – Hope you’ll enjoy it as much as we do.

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Chicken Kofta Curry (Chicken Meatballs in Spicy Indian Curry)

5 minPrep Time

20 minCook Time

25 minTotal Time

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For Chicken Kofta (Meatballs)

1/2 lb Ground Chicken - Cleaned

1/2 Cup Roasted Chickpea Flour*

2 Tbsp Plain Yogurt

1 Egg - Whisked

1 Tsp Ginger+Garlic Paste

For Curry:

1 Large Onion

1 Tbsp Ginger Paste

1 Tbsp Garlic Paste

1 Tomato

2 Green Chili - Use as per taste

1/2 Cup Yogurt - Whisked

1/2 Cup Water

3 Tbsp Olive Oil - Use any light oil

1 Tbsp Ghee - Optional

Spices / Seasoning:

Whole Spices:

1 Large Bay Leaf

1/2 Stick Whole Cinnamon

3 Whole Black Cardamom

4 Cloves

3 Green Cardamom

5 Black Pepper Corns

Powder spices:

1 Tsp Turmeric

1 Tbsp Coriander Powder

1 Tbsp Cumin Powder

1 Tbsp Red Chili Powder

1 Tbsp Garam Masala Powder


    Making the Koftas / Chicken Meatball:
  1. In a food processor (with dough attachment or you can use kitchen aid mixer) add all the 'Kofta' ingredients and pulse to form a smooth dough (Takes about a minute).
  2. Transfer the dough to a bowl and make 10-12 round balls.
  3. Place the chicken balls/kofta on a plate, cover and keep in the refrigerator for about 30 mins (This helps the dough to firm up and prevent kofta's from breaking).
  4. Making the Curry:
  5. In a food processor/blender, add onion, ginger,garlic, tomato and form a smooth paste.
  6. In a large non-stick, heat oil and ghee for a 1/2 minute.
  7. Add the whole spices and let it roast for 1/2 minute on medium heat.
  8. Now, pour the onion paste, saute for a minute, cover and let it cook for 4 minutes (saute every minute).
  9. Add the powdered spices, yogurt, water and saute everything to a smooth mixture.
  10. Now, remove the meatballs from the fridge and place them delicately on the simmering gravy. (The meatballs are going to be cooked in the gravy).
  11. Cover with lit, lower the heat and let the meatballs cook for about 2-3 minutes. (Keep an eye).
  12. After 3 minutes, remove the cover, touch the meatballs using a spatula and they should be cooked.
  13. Saute the curry and meatballs light and cook uncovered for another 3-4 minutes.
  14. Turn off the heat and transfer the kofta curry to a serving bowl.
  15. Decorate as per choice(use chilies n yogurt) and serve hot with choice of sides.
1364 cal
95 g
85 g
60 g

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53 Replies to "Chicken Kofta Curry (Chicken Meatballs in Spicy Indian Curry)"

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    Deepthi October 8, 2016 (5:44 am)
    Is it necessary to use chickpea flour or can we use eggs.
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      Molly Kumar October 16, 2016 (6:38 am)
      Hi Deepthi, Yes you can use eggs instead of chickpea flour. Thanks - Molly
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    Liz January 19, 2016 (5:14 pm)
    Is it just me that cannot see where the green chilliest are used?
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      Molly Kumar January 20, 2016 (9:10 pm)
      Hi Liz, the green chillies are used as decoration or garnish on the dish.
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    Heather October 22, 2015 (12:43 am)
    Healthy .. spicy .. AMAZING!! These look soooo good!! Great use of so many of my favorite spices .. I can't wait to try this!
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    Oana @AdoreFoods October 20, 2015 (11:25 am)
    Oh, Molly, I am loving your curry recipes! Creamy and bursting with flavors. Looks amazing!
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      Molly Kumar October 20, 2015 (5:38 pm)
      Yaaaaay - I'm so happy you liked the recipe :) Thanks Oana.
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    Rachel @ Simple Seasonal October 16, 2015 (9:57 pm)
    Looks so yummy! I have a cold right now, so a curry sounds like it would be the perfect thing to eat!
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      Molly Kumar October 20, 2015 (5:47 pm)
      Curry would be a great idea in cold.
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    Framed Recipes October 16, 2015 (8:41 pm)
    Truly nawabi dish Molly - Sreelatha
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    Dini @ The Flavor Bender October 16, 2015 (7:07 pm)
    This looks AH-MAZING! I love Chicken Meatball curry and it's something I know I'll fall inlove with! Perfect for the upcoming winter days too (This is my idea of comfort food!!) Thank you so much for sharing this with us at #SaucySaturdays! :)
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    Deepika@EasyBabyMeals October 15, 2015 (4:35 pm)
    Woww...I would do anything to have this curry. Looks amazingly delicious.
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    CiaoFlorentina October 15, 2015 (5:03 am)
    I really love the colors you have going on here. Beautiful!
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    Paige @ Where Latin Meets Lagniappe October 14, 2015 (8:31 pm)
    This looks so delicious Molly! I think this is something my family would love!
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      Molly Kumar October 15, 2015 (5:40 am)
      That would be awesome Paige, Do make them sometime for them :)
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    Joy @ Joy Love Food October 14, 2015 (7:55 pm)
    I love creamy curries, this sounds wonderful, perfect fall comfort food!
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      Molly Kumar October 15, 2015 (5:41 am)
      Thanks Joy, this curry is absolutely yum for this weather :)
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    Jennifer Stewart October 14, 2015 (7:12 pm)
    These look delicious and the spice mix is out of this world! I am drooling right now!! I haven't tried to make meatballs with chicken yet but this is next on my list! Thanks for sharing with Saucy Saturdays!
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      Molly Kumar October 15, 2015 (5:42 am)
      Aweee- Thanks so much Jennifer :)
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    Matthew From Nomageddon October 14, 2015 (4:04 pm)
    I love indian food. I'm totally doing this soon!
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      Molly Kumar October 15, 2015 (5:45 am)
      Thanks Mathew. Would love to know how it turned out :)
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    Platter Talk October 14, 2015 (3:03 pm)
    These tender balls of chicken curry look absolutely mouthwatering; thanks for sharing!!
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    Helen @ Fuss Free Flavours October 13, 2015 (8:10 am)
    What a lovely recipe, and so easy yo make using the food processor or stand mixer. Perfect for autumn. I am going to make a big batch of the koftas and freeze them.
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      Molly Kumar October 14, 2015 (6:53 am)
      That would be awesome, you can make the meatballs and freeze for upto 2-3 months :)
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    Leslie @ Bessie Bakes October 13, 2015 (12:28 am)
    The use of spices and aromatics in the chicken meatballs brings so much depth of flavor to this dish. The meatballs and curry look absolutely mouth-watering!
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    Jacqui October 12, 2015 (11:34 pm)
    This looks really good! I love curry dishes, but I've never tried it with meatballs before. I can't wait to try this dish out!
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      Molly Kumar October 14, 2015 (6:54 am)
      Meatballs are such an essential part of Indian cooking - Do give it a try, you would love it :)
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    Lynn | The Road to Honey October 12, 2015 (6:59 pm)
    Having lived in Kenya, I completely understand the strong desire to have foods that remind you of home. I hope this divine looking Chicken Kofta Curry was able to provide you with some comfort. I'm thinking this might be showing up on my dinner menu in the not-so-distant future.
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      Molly Kumar October 14, 2015 (6:55 am)
      Thanks for understanding Lynn....the Kofta Curry worked like magic on the comfortfood craving soul ;)
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    Diane October 12, 2015 (4:16 am)
    Your pictures are so lovely and enticing! I wish you were here to feed this to me! I want to eat it perfectly prepared! I'm really curious to give it a try so I may try to find the ingredients locally!
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      Molly Kumar October 14, 2015 (6:57 am)
      Thanks Diane. Give it a try, most of the ingredients can be found in local stores or if you venture into an Indian store, you can definitely find all :)
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    dixya @ foodpleasureandhealth October 11, 2015 (11:46 pm)
    never made kofta before but this looks delicious!
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      Molly Kumar October 14, 2015 (6:58 am)
      They are absolutely easy and lighter as these don't involve any deep-frying. Give them a try ;)
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    Marisa Franca @ All Our Way October 11, 2015 (5:58 pm)
    I love exotic flavors and this is right up my alley. Can't wait to try it. Thank you!!
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    Tina Marie October 11, 2015 (4:46 pm)
    Delicious! Your recipe sounds so good! The pictures makes me want some, now!
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    Noor October 11, 2015 (2:08 pm)
    Chicken koftas are always a winner at my place. But we buy the storebought frozen kind. Will def try your recipe!
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      Molly Kumar October 14, 2015 (7:00 am)
      We love chicken kofta too at our house and that was the reason I wanted to share this recipe as I know many people just get them from store. They are infact so easy to make and can be frozen for later use.
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    Bam's Kitchen October 11, 2015 (12:28 pm)
    I just want to reach through my screen and grab a meatball of course with a dollop of the curry sauce whilst you are not looking. However, I would not ruin your beautiful photos! I know that many people get nervous when they see a huge list of ingredients but I have everything on your list except the ground chicken so we are ready to go. Have a super weekend! Just pinned!
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      Molly Kumar October 14, 2015 (7:01 am)
      Lol, I wouldn't mind you grabbing some of it :) Thanks so much for your lovely comment. Do give it a try. Hope you are having a great week
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    Judy@ImBoredLetsGo October 11, 2015 (11:37 am)
    This sounds amazing... Pinning this to try soon!!!
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    lizzie October 10, 2015 (6:26 pm)
    Looks yummy! Any tips for stopping the yogurt from curdling?
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      Molly Kumar October 14, 2015 (7:05 am)
      Thanks Lizzie. To prevent yogurt from curdling, it should be whisked and in room temperature. Also, always add the yogurt on low heat and cook on the same for initial 2-3 minutes. Hope these help.

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