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Easy Lamb Kofta Curry

Succulent lamb koftas, or meatballs served in a rich yoghurt and tomato gravy, surprisingly easy and effortless to make
Course Dinner, Lunch
Cuisine Indian
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 5
Author Shinta


  • For the koftas:
  • 500 grams lamb mince
  • 1 teaspoon grated ginger
  • 1 teaspoon ground fennel
  • 1 teaspoon chopped coriander
  • 1 teaspoon gram flour
  • 1 finely chopped bird's eye chilli
  • Salt to taste
  • For the gravy:
  • 1 teaspoon oil
  • 1/2 cup or 110 grams tomato passata or tomato puree
  • 1 red onion
  • 1/2 inch piece of peeled ginger
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 3/4 teaspoon turmeric powder
  • 1 teaspoon paprika powder or Kashmiri red chilli powder
  • 1 cup full-fat yoghurt I used Greek yoghurt with 10% fat content, but you can use yoghurt with a lower fat content as well
  • A pinch of sugar
  • Salt to taste


  • Start by making the koftas/ meatballs:
  • Pre-heat the oven to 180 C and line a tray with parchment paper.
  • Combine all the ingredients for the koftas in a mixing bowl, using your hands, mix all the ingredients well.
  • Shape the mixture into balls, and place them on a parchment-lined baking tray.
  • Bake them in the oven at 180 C for 20 minutes.
  • While the koftas are baking, prepare the gravy.
  • In a large saucepan, heat some oil.
  • While the oil is heating, process the ginger, garlic and onion in the jar of a mixer, or blender.
  • To the hot pan, add the processed onion-ginger-garlic mixture.
  • Saute on high-medium heat for a couple of minutes.
  • Now add the spice powders and saute for a minute.
  • Add the tomato puree, and lower the heat to medium and cook for a 5 minutes until the paste starts thickening.
  • Bring the stove to low heat, add the yoghurt and cook on low heat, adding sugar and salt to taste.
  • Let it simmer gently for around 5-7 minutes.
  • Finally, and baked koftas into the gravy and serve.
  • Optional: Serve with a garnish of slivered almonds.
  • Pairs well with rotis (whole wheat flatbread) or basmati rice.