Kofta is a very popular delicacy dish, rich in taste and aroma, often made during festivity, celebrations or special occasion. There are a variety of kofta gravies that one can prepare. Kofta is actually a Middle Eastern, South Asian and Balkan meatball or meatloaf. It is the simplest form of meat which is minced or ground meat. The meat is usually lamb or beef. In countries like India, Pakistan, Turkey and Iran, koftas are generally made of lamb, mutton, beef or chicken.
They are often shaped into meatballs which are prepared with a mixture of ground meat mixed with spices and cooked in creamy rich gravy. Koftas can also be made with fish or vegetables rather than red meat. Especially in India, there are a umpteen vegetarian varieties of koftas that are made with bottle gourd or lauki, aloo, mixed vegetables, paneer etc. Shrimp and fish koftas are found in southern India, coastal Pakistan and in some parts of the Persian Gulf States.
Koftas were introduced to South Asia during the Muslim conquests. In south Asian cuisine, they are normally cooked in a spiced gravy or curry and sometimes simmered with hard boiled eggs. Vegetarian koftas are generally eaten by Hindus, with the exception of Kashmiri Hindus who by and large prefer meat koftas.
Likewise, many Indian Muslims consume vegetarian koftas, including those that migrated to Pakistan in 1947. Some of my favourite and popular Kofta recipes are:
Malai Kofta Malai Kofta is a highly rich, delicious, creamy savory dish best to be served in parties and special occasions. Malai kofta is a north Indian speciality originated from the Mughlai cuisine. It is an authentic dish from the Mughlai recipes and popular in many restaurants around the world. Malai kofta is the best vegetarian dish alternative to meatballs. It goes extremely well with naan or Jeera rice. Malai refers to the cream and the Kofta are deep fried mixed veggie dumplings mixed in a spicy onion, tomato and cream gravy that delights each and every bit of your taste buds. It’s aptly an authentic Mughlai delicacy.
Lauki Kofta Ka Salan Bottlegourd kofta or lauki kofta curry is fried gramflour and lauki dumplings .This simple recipe, cooking becomes not only less tedious but also healthier as the kofta are steamed rather than fried. Cook the gravy on a medium flame to avoid burning of spices.
Lamb Kofta Curry Lamb koftas cooked in thick spicy gravy. It makes a great meal when served with jeera rice and kachumbar salad.
Nargisi Kofta Nargisi kofta is an exotic Mughlai dish made with ground meat mixture wrapped around a hardboiled egg and cooked in rich spicy saucy gravy.
Cabbage Kofta Curry Cabbage Kofta curry is a fine Mughlai dish with less fat combined with cabbage and channa dal made in spiced yoghurt saucy gravy.
Dahi Masala Hara Kofta Curry Thotakura masala/ Dahi masala hara koftas is an excellent and classic green vegetable kofta curry made with the some exotic flavours from the amaranth leaves added to spices and chickpea flour; deep fried in roundel shapes and cooked in yogurt based gravy that balances the taste. Amazing spiced amaranth kofta dumplings cooked in exotic yogurt based saucy gravy is bliss to the taste buds. Goes extremely well with rice, roti, chapatti etc!
Chicken Koftas Korma Chicken koftas korma in a mild khorma gravy which is nutty and aromatic and has a special unique aroma and goes very well with roties and naan and pulao.
Plum stuffed in Chicken Koftas Plum stuffed Chicken koftas are rich delicious dish where plum is stuffed into a mix of minced meat and cooked in spicy and yummy creamy gravy.
Turkey K.K (Kofta-Korma) Kofta is the common term for the combination of ground meat, onions and spices shaped into balls and cooked. In this turkey kofta recipe, ground turkey and minced onion are mixed with cumin and allspice to make a delicious dish.
Malai Korma Kofta dishes tastes extremely good with pulaos, fried rice, naan, butter naan etc.
I love preparing most of these recipes and also feel delighted sharing so that you would also be inspired in making these exotic and yummy kofta recipes and delight your family and friends with joy.
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