Easy Recipe of Lamb Kofta Curry Pakistani Style

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Lamb Kofta Curry 

Lamb kofta curry is for those who love meatballs and curries combined. The succulent meatballs taste divine in well-balanced spicy curry sauce. 

This recipe I’m sharing with you here is quite kid-friendly. Although you can always add more, the chilli proportion in this recipe is fairly mild. So, you can feed your little ones with curry.

Kofta meatballs curry

And if you’re like me who is just chilli-mad, you can always set aside some of your ready cooked lamb koftas. And then add more chilli powder and just sprinkle chilli flakes to the rest of the dish before you eat it. This way everyone can be happy, and you don’t have to worry about cooking different dishes for your young children.

How to make 

Basically, you make two things for this dish, the meatballs and the sauce. Both use their own spices and herbs, so when they are combined together, they will be full of aromatic flavour.

For the kofta, you just mix the lamb minced meat with finely chopped onion, all the spices, salt and flour. Mix and knead thoroughly so that you get a fairly-smooth textured minced-meat. If you like, you can use a food processor to mix. But make sure you don’t do it for too long. A few blitzes to process is more than enough. 

As for the sauce, firstly, you fry the chopped onion. Then add in the ginger and garlic followed by the spices. Once you get the aroma of the spices you put chopped tomatoes in. You can use fresh tomatoes or canned tomatoes. Both work fine. 

frying spices
fried spices
adding canned tomatoes to the spices
ready cooked curry sauce

Then continue cooking as you are mashing the tomatoes every now and again until you have a nice smooth and thick sauce. 

When your sauce is ready, you can add the meatballs in and stir carefully. Leave it to cook until the meatballs are thoroughly cooked. 

meatballs in the curry sauce
ready cooked lamb kofta curry in a metal bowl

The ways to enjoy

This lamb kofta is best enjoyed with naan bread, roti/ chapati, pitta bread or even flatbread. However, you can always eat it with rice, either plain white rice or pilau rice or biryani rice. 

And if you are planning to spread a full Pakistani menu, here are some menu ideas that you can do:

  1. Chicken Pilau Rice.
  2. Lamb Kofta Curry.
  3. Aloo Palak (spinach and potato curry).
  4. Dahi Baray (lentil dumplings in yoghurt sauce).
  5. Gajar Ka Halwa (carrots sweet pudding).

Another idea is, why don’t you have your meatballs curry with spaghetti? Try. It’s so delicious and comforting. 

Easy lamb kofta recipe 

Yield: 6

Lamb Kofta Curry

Lamb Kofta Curry Pakistani Style

Lamb Kofta Curry is simply delicious to have with naan bread, roti/ chapati, pitta bread or flatbread. It's tasty to eat it with rice too. And you feel adventurous, you can enjoy this meatballs curry with spaghetti. Yumm.

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 50 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 5 minutes

Ingredients

  • Kofta meatballs:
  • 600 gr/ 21.16 oz lamb mince.
  • 2 small size/ 100 gr/ 3.5 oz onions, finely chopped.
  • 1 tsp garlic powder.
  • ½ tsp ginger powder.
  • ½ tsp ground cumin.
  • ½ tsp ground coriander.
  • ½ tsp paprika powder or chilli powder (see the note).
  • 1 tsp ground black pepper.
  • ¾ tsp salt.
  • 2 tbsp plain flour/ all-purpose flour.
  • Curry sauce:
  • 2 small size/ 100 gr/ 3.5 oz onions, chopped.
  • ½ tsp whole cumin
  • 1 tsp ground cumin.
  • 1 tsp ground coriander.
  • 1 tsp ground black pepper.
  • 1 tsp paprika powder or chilli powder (see the note).
  • ½ tsp turmeric powder.
  • ½ cup tinned tomatoes.
  • 1 cup of water.
  • ¼ cup of oil.
  • ½ inch ginger, minced.
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced.

Instructions

  1. Mix all the ingredients for the meatballs in a bowl until all blends nicely. And shape the meat into small balls. Set aside.
  2. In a cooking pan, fry the onions. When they become translucent, sprinkle the whole cumin and let it cook further until the onions turn golden brown.
  3. Then put all other spices, ginger and garlic in the onions. Give it a stir and leave it to fry until it releases aroma. 
  4. Add the tomatoes in and stir well. Put ½ cup of water and cook the spice mixture until it gets thickened. Keep checking and mixing every now and again. Try to mash the tomatoes so that you get a smooth sauce.
  5. As the curry sauce is cooking, add in the rest of the water little by little. 
  6. When you have a not-too-thick and smooth sauce with oil separate from the edges, put the meatballs in, give them a stir until all the kofta is covered with the sauce and let them cook. You can put the lid on and cook at low heat.
  7. It takes about 20 minutes for the meatballs to thoroughly cook. And you can see the oil separates from the edges.

Notes

  • Use paprika powder if you want to have a very mild taste of curry, and you have a little one to feed. Or, you can mix the paprika powder and chilli powder if you want a little bit hotter than mild. And of course, you can always use chilli powder ONLY, or more than the said in the recipe if you prefer. 

Nutrition Information

Yield

6

Serving Size

1
Amount Per Serving Calories 786Total Fat 48gSaturated Fat 15gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 27gCholesterol 164mgSodium 1112mgCarbohydrates 36gFiber 3gSugar 4gProtein 51g

The nutrition calculation you find here is just a guide provided by online nutrition calculator. You should not use to substitute advice from nutritionists or health practitioners.

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  1. we just love lamb and this was so delicious I cant wait to make it again great recipe!

    1. I’m so pleased you enjoyed it. Thanks.

  2. Wow! I am loving all the spices and flavors in this curry, looks absolutely delicious! Can’t wait to try this recipe.

    1. Thank you. I hope you’ll like it.

  3. The flavors and spices in this recipe are amazing! Definitely a favorite new recipe of mine!

    1. Thank you. It’s our family’s favourite too.

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