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Indian food recipe

Indian food recipe

Kofta Indian style with a rich tomato and yogurt sauce is just so morish your family will be wiping the bowl with whatever Naan bread is left over. Kofta is really a Greek dish but most countries do something like Kofta with various sauces and ingredients like this Kofta on skewers which is a very easy to make recipe that tastes fantastic. This dish is more about the sauce which takes a while and needs a lot of ingredients, so visit your local deli or Indian food store first.

What you need

500g lamb mince
1 onion grated
1 heaped teaspoon fresh grated ginger
1 heaped teaspoon crushed garlic
2 finely chopped green chili’s
Pinch of salt
1 egg

For the real flavor of this sauce you will need the seeds, so go out and buy them.
2 teaspoons coriander seeds
2 teaspoons cumin seeds
3 tablespoons sunflower oil
1 cinnamon stick whole
4 cloves whole
8 cardamom pods
1/2 teaspoon turmeric
1 teaspoon paprika
1 teaspoon garam masala
1 onion grated
Pinch of salt
1/2 tin chopped peeled tomatoes
2/3 cup plain unflavoured yogurt

The process

First we make the Kofta balls.

Grate the onion and place it in a colander, now press it firmly with a spoon and drain out some of the liquid. Add all the rest of the kofta ingredients to the onion in a bowl and mix together with your hands very well. Really get in there and squeeze the mixture to combine all of the flavors.

Now make about 20 to 24 equal size balls, you want to form them nice and firm. Place on a plate, cover with cling film and into the fridge while you make the sauce.

For the sauce, the first thin is to roast the seeds. Place a pan on the stove on a hot heat and add the coriander and cumin seeds. Toss them around until the begin popping and the smells coming off the pan are filling the kitchen.

remove and place in a pestle and mortar and grind to a fine powder.

Now add all of the rest of the ingredients except the tomatoes and yogurt to a pan on a low heat. Cook slowly until the onions are transparent and quite soft, add the ground cumin and coriander seeds and cook for a further 2 minutes or so stirring constantly. You should be salivating at this stage.

Now add the tomatoes and heat through. Now add the yogurt and, mix quickly and add the kofta balls. Turn up the heat and bring to the boil. Immediately reduce again to low heat and simmer uncovered for 1 hour, stirring from time to time.

You may find that you need to add a little water during the simmer but not more than 1/2 a cup added as needed.

It’s seriously tasty this, so take a chance and give it a try. Naan bread is a must for this recipe.