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.
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
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
Make round and even shape balls.
Keep aside for 15 minutes
Make the Curry and Cook the Kofta:
chicken kofta curry cooking process
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).
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.
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 Time5 minutes
Cook Time20 minutes
Total Time25 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
1 Large Onion
1 Tbsp Ginger Paste
1 Tbsp Garlic Paste
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:
1 Large Bay Leaf
1/2 Stick Whole Cinnamon
3 Whole Black Cardamom
3 Green Cardamom
5 Black Pepper Corns
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:
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).
Transfer the dough to a bowl and make 10-12 round balls.
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:
In a food processor/blender, add onion, ginger,garlic, tomato and form a smooth paste.
In a large non-stick, heat oil and ghee for a 1/2 minute.
Add the whole spices and let it roast for 1/2 minute on medium heat.
Now, pour the onion paste, saute for a minute, cover and let it cook for 4 minutes (saute every minute).
Add the powdered spices, yogurt, water and saute everything to a smooth mixture.
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).
Cover with lit, lower the heat and let the meatballs cook for about 2-3 minutes. (Keep an eye).
After 3 minutes, remove the cover, touch the meatballs using a spatula and they should be cooked.
Saute the curry and meatballs light and cook uncovered for another 3-4 minutes.
Turn off the heat and transfer the kofta curry to a serving bowl.
Decorate as per choice(use chilies n yogurt) and serve hot with choice of sides.