This Indian-inspired kofta curry aka meatballs in curry sauce need nothing else but plain basmati rice and a big spoon!
Serve this flavour packed meal with our simple and easy flatbread!
I’ve always been a firm believer that food should be fun, easy (most of the time), and off the scale flavourful. These meatballs in curry sauce combine all three!
Kofta Curry Recipe
Fun fact. Meatballs are called “kofta” in India, and they are shaped more like mini sausages than our meatballs.
The recipe I am sharing today was adapted from a very inspirational and one of my favourite Indian writers Madhur Jaffrey. I did take some liberties with the original, and I might’ve inadvertently combined two different regions of India in one recipe.
When my creative juices start flowing, I get carried away. It’s okay, we love unity, right?!
What is pretty special about this recipe are the meatballs themselves. They are spiced with an array of warm Indian spices like cumin, coriander, cloves, ginger, cinnamon etc. Flavour galore.
I am talking flavour here, not heat. That’s the curry’s job!
The sauce is all about the spice and BOLD flavour notes. I also finished it off with just a splash of single cream to tame the heat just a little.
I also added in a bunch of chopped kale for some extra nutrition and colour! Feel free to use spinach, peas, green beans…anything you like!
If you getting nervous here about your ability to pull off a real Indian taste, don’t be. I will teach you how to cheat!
I use Patak’s curry pastes in most of my curries. It’s my favourite brand and no, I am not working for them. However, if you can’t find it or have another brand you love, go for it.
For this recipe I used Madras Spice Paste, which is quite hot. So if you are not a fan of spicy food, I would recommend finding a mild curry like Tikka Masala. For an easy homemade curry recipe, take a look at my Simplified Cauliflower and Potato Curry.
I used ground pork for my version of the kofta curry as it is readily available but using ground lamb would be more authentic. To ensure your meatballs are as flavourful as they should be, check that your spices are up to date!
If you prefer to keep this curry dairy free, substitute cream with coconut cream. Delicious!
What to Serve with Curry
As I mentioned earlier, this kofta curry is perfect with plain basmati rice or cauliflower rice if you want to keep it low carb. Naan or any flatbread will be also delicious.
Favourite Indian Curries to Try:
- Butter Chicken (Video Included)
- Chicken Korma
- Chickpea and Butternut Squash Curry
- Indian Mulligatawny Soup
This recipe was originally published in 03/2017. Updated and republished in 01/2021
Indian Spiced Meatballs in Curry Sauce
For the meatballs
- 2 lbs lean ground pork or lamb
- 1 tbsp fresh ginger peeled and grated or 1 tsp dried ginger
- 1 tbsp cumin
- 1 tbsp coriander
- ¼ tsp ground cloves
- ¼ tsp ground cinnamon
- ⅛ tsp nutmeg
- ¼ tsp black pepper
- ¼ tsp cayenne pepper
- 1 tsp salt
- 2 tbsp plain yogurt
- 1 tbsp vegetable oil
For the curry sauce
- 1 large onion chopped
- 3 garlic cloves minced
- 1 tbsp fresh ginger peeled and grated
- 2 tbsp cilantro stalks chopped
- 3 tbsp Indian curry paste not sauce
- 400 gl/14 oz canned chopped tomatoes
- 250ml/ 1 cup water
- 10g/1 cup black kale/cavolo nero or spinach chopped
- 125ml/1/2 cup light cream/single cream or coconut milk
- 1 tsp garam masala optional
- 2 tbsp cilantro leaves chopped
- In a large bowl combine pork, ginger, cumin, coriander, cloves, cinnamon, nutmeg, black pepper, cayenne pepper, salt and plain yogurt.
- Roll into golf ball-sized meatballs and brown in 1 tbsp of vegetable oil until golden but not cooked all the way through. Remove to a plate and set aside.
- Discard excessive fat but leave approximately 1 tbsp in the pan. Add onions, garlic, ginger and chopped cilantro stalks and cook over low heat without browning for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.
- Add curry paste and stir for a minute, then add canned tomatoes and water, stir to combine, return the meatballs to the pan, and spoon some curry sauce on them to coat them, then turn the heat up and bring to a boil, then turn the heat to low, cover with a lid and simmer for 20 minutes.
- Add chopped kale and any other vegetables if using and cook uncovered for 10 minutes longer, stirring once in a while to avoid burning. In the last few minutes add light cream and taste for salt, add more if necessary. (I add no salt to this sauce as Patak's curry pastes are quite salty already!)
- Sprinkle with garam masala and chopped cilantro leaves. Serve with basmati rice, naan and/or lentil dhal for a low carb version.