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Kashmiri Kofta

Dec/25/2022 / by Melanie Fourie

Kofta, a traditional Middle-Eastern meal, combines ground lamb or beef with shallots, garlic, and seasoning. These seared, curried meatballs or logs are often offered with delicious flatbreads. Here’s a piquant recipe for kofta from Kashmir. It is a great dish for a get-together around the new year.


For the kofta

  • 1 egg
  • ½ tsp chilli powder
  • 2 tsp mustard oil
  • ½ tsp garam masala
  • Salt to taste
  • 1.2 lb kheema (ground)
  • 1 tbsp gram flour

For the gravy

  • Salt to taste
  • ¾ tsp chilli powder
  • ½ tsp ginger powder
  • ½ tsp fennel seed powder
  • ½ cup mustard oil
  • A sprinkling of hing
  • ¾ cup yogurt
  • ¾ tsp garam masala


  1. To make kofta, combine all the ingredients on that list.
  2. Applying a little sarson oil on your fingers and roll the dough into spheres
  3. Stretch the spheres into long sausages to be used as koftas and keep aside.
  4. While the sarson oil is warming up, add the hing and chilly powder.
  5. Turn the heat down to moderate and cook the yogurt for about 15 minutes, turning it frequently, until it is light brown.
  6. Stir in the garam masala and a cup of boiling water, bring to a boil, and then gently drop the koftas, gradually, into the sauce.
  7. Stir regularly and simmer for approximately 25 mins, or until the vegetables are soft. Serve your Kashmiri koftas with a preferred rice. Serve while it’s still warm.