Chicken Kofta Curry (Indian Chicken Meatballs Curry)

Chicken Kofta Curry (Indian Chicken Meatballs Curry):learn how to make Indian chicken koftas or meatballs using chicken mince, spices and Indian masala. Delicately simmered meatballs to perfection in a flavorful curry made using Indian herbs. 

Indian Chicken Kofta Curry Recipe

The transition from autumn to fall is such a perfect time for warm and delicious comfort food like this Chicken Kofta Curry.

What is Chicken Kofta Curry?

Chicken Kofta Curry is meatballs made using ground/minced chicken that’s simmered in a saucy tomato-yogurt gravy using Indian spices+herbs.

This recipe is from Lucknow(India), which is an extremely popular city for Non-Vegetarian recipes or the Mughlai Cuisine.

The dish is rich in texture, flavor and calms not only our hunger but the soul too 😉

Ingredients for the Chicken Kofta Curry:

  • Minced Chicken (Keema)
  • Roasted Chickpea Flour – you can use plain flour too.
  • Onion + Ginger + Garlic Paste
  • Tomato Onion Paste
  • Yogurt (Curd)
  • Indian Spices
chicken kofta curry ingredients including minced chicken and spices.

chicken kofta curry ingredients including minced chicken and spices.


The Process to make the Chicken Kofta:

  • You need to mix the Chicken Kofta Ingredients in a bowl

how to make chicken kofta curry

  • Make round and even shape balls.

how to make chicken kofta

  • Keep aside for 15 minutes

Make the Curry and Cook the Kofta:

chicken kofta curry cooking process

chicken kofta curry cooking process


how to make indian chicken kofta curry



Chicken Kofta Curry Recipe

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 NawabsHow to make Chicken Kofta Curry

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

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 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 (Indian Chicken Meatballs Curry)

Chicken Kofta Curry (Indian Chicken Meatballs Curry)

Chicken Kofta Curry (Indian Chicken Meatballs Curry): learn how to make Indian chicken koftas or meatballs using chicken mince, spices and Indian masala. Delicately simmered meatballs to perfection in a flavorful curry made using Indian herbs.

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes


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).

Making the Curry:

  1. In a food processor/blender, add onion, ginger,garlic, tomato and form a smooth paste.
  2. In a large non-stick, heat oil and ghee for a 1/2 minute.
  3. Add the whole spices and let it roast for 1/2 minute on medium heat.
  4. Now, pour the onion paste, saute for a minute, cover and let it cook for 4 minutes (saute every minute).
  5. Add the powdered spices, yogurt, water and saute everything to a smooth mixture.
  6. 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).
  7. Cover with lit, lower the heat and let the meatballs cook for about 2-3 minutes. (Keep an eye).
  8. After 3 minutes, remove the cover, touch the meatballs using a spatula and they should be cooked.
  9. Saute the curry and meatballs light and cook uncovered for another 3-4 minutes.
  10. Turn off the heat and transfer the kofta curry to a serving bowl.
  11. Decorate as per choice(use chilies n yogurt) and serve hot with choice of sides.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 325Total Fat: 39gSaturated Fat: 10gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 23gCholesterol: 70mgSodium: 150mgCarbohydrates: 40gFiber: 8gSugar: 9gProtein: 35g
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54 Replies to "Chicken Kofta Curry (Indian Chicken Meatballs Curry)"

  • Mia August 6, 2020 (3:28 pm)

    Hi Molly ,
    Is regular gram flour (besan) the same thing as roasted gram flour? Or do we have to roast ourselves. Also, did you use dark ground chicken (chicken thigh)?
    Thank you.

    • Molly Kumar August 6, 2020 (6:28 pm)

      Hello Samia, no regular gram flour (besan) is raw and we want to remove that rawness in taste hence we dry roast it (no oil or anything) over low flames for 2-3 minutes. You can use any part of ground chicken. Thanks and hope you make this soon – Molly

  • Deepthi October 8, 2016 (5:44 am)

    Is it necessary to use chickpea flour or can we use eggs.

    • Molly Kumar October 16, 2016 (6:38 am)

      Hi Deepthi, Yes you can use eggs instead of chickpea flour. Thanks – Molly

  • Liz January 19, 2016 (5:14 pm)

    Is it just me that cannot see where the green chilliest are used?

    • Molly Kumar January 20, 2016 (9:10 pm)

      Hi Liz, the green chillies are used as decoration or garnish on the dish.

  • 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!

  • Oana @AdoreFoods October 20, 2015 (11:25 am)

    Oh, Molly, I am loving your curry recipes! Creamy and bursting with flavors. Looks amazing!

    • Molly Kumar October 20, 2015 (5:38 pm)

      Yaaaaay – I’m so happy you liked the recipe 🙂 Thanks Oana.

  • 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!

    • Molly Kumar October 20, 2015 (5:47 pm)

      Curry would be a great idea in cold.

  • Framed Recipes October 16, 2015 (8:41 pm)

    Truly nawabi dish Molly – Sreelatha

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