Kofta Curry with Aloo Shimla Mirch and Gajar Pickle

4.8/5 from 12 Customers
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Kofta - originating in the Middle East but now eaten all throughout India - are a type of meatball made from ground, seasoned meat. They can either be served grilled, as a type of kebab, or simmered in a sauce. Here, they’re cooked in a rich tomatoey sauce flavoured with two spices that go particularly well with lamb: cinnamon, which is sweet and warming, and black cardamon, which adds a lovely, smoky menthol flavour. On the side, we’ve got a fancy Moghul-style pilau rice dish flavoured with saffron, green cardamon, cashew nuts and raisins plus a simple but delicious pepper and potato dish known as aloo shimla mirch and a fiery gajar (carrot) pickle. Finally there’s a tangy lemon raita to cool everything down. With all the bright colours and vibrant flavours, this makes a fantastic spread to brighten up the depths of winter.

35 mins

1 hr

2/5

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Kofta - originating in the Middle East but now eaten all throughout India - are a type of meatball made from ground, seasoned meat. They can either be served grilled, as a type of kebab, or simmered in a sauce. Here, they’re cooked in a rich tomatoey sauce flavoured with two spices that go particularly well with lamb: cinnamon, which is sweet and warming, and black cardamon, which adds a lovely, smoky menthol flavour. On the side, we’ve got a fancy Moghul-style pilau rice dish flavoured with saffron, green cardamon, cashew nuts and raisins plus a simple but delicious pepper and potato dish known as aloo shimla mirch and a fiery gajar (carrot) pickle. Finally there’s a tangy lemon raita to cool everything down. With all the bright colours and vibrant flavours, this makes a fantastic spread to brighten up the depths of winter.

Recipe

35 mins

1 hr

2/5

Serves

4

Effort

High Effort

Main Ingredient

Mince

Dietary

Gluten Free

Gluten Free

Dairy Free

Dairy Free

Taste Profile

Meal Taste

Rich

Origin

Popular Style

Indian

Country

India

Aloo Shimla Mirch Spices: cumin, coriander, fennel, Kashmiri chilli, turmeric, ginger, garlic, fenugreek leaf
Curry Ground Spices: cinnamon, cumin, coriander, green cardamon, black cardamon, Kashmiri chilli, black pepper, fenugreek leaf, ginger, cloves, mace, bay, nutmeg, chilli
Curry Whole Spices: black cardamon, green cardamon, cinnamon
Garam Masala: cumin, fenugreek leaf, coriander, black cardamon, black pepper, green cardamon, ginger, cinnamon, cloves, mace, bay, nutmeg, chilli
Rice Spices: turmeric, black pepper, green cardamon, saffron
Gajar Pickle Spices: chilli, fenugreek, brown MUSTARD, cumin, nigella, coriander, black cardamon, black pepper, green cardamon, ginger, cinnamon, cloves, mace, bay, nutmeg
Kofta Spices: cumin, cinnamon, coriander leaf, mint, coriander, black cardamon, black pepper, green cardamon, ginger, cloves, mace, bay, nutmeg, chilli

May contain traces of celery and sesame. Allergens are listed in CAPITALS
  • 500g lamb or beef mince
  • 3 onions
  • 4 cloves of garlic
  • Fresh ginger
  • 1 large carrot
  • 1 lemon
  • 2 peppers (any colour)
  • 500g new potatoes
  • 150g natural yogurt (full fat is best) or dairy-free alternative
  • 400g tin of tomatoes
  • 300g basmati or standard long grain rice
  • 50g raisins or sultanas
  • 50g unsalted cashew nuts or flaked almonds
  • 100ml oil (sunflower or vegetable oil is best)
  • 2 tbsp vinegar (white wine or cider vinegar is best)
  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • 1 tbsp tomato puree

Product Rating (12):

5/5

A kaleidoscope of amazing flavours, colours and textures. Each element compliments the others perfectly. A pitch perfect symphony of spice. The spicery box has been the highlight of our month and kept us going during lockdown!

Robert Samuel Price View More

A poetic review and a gorgeous photo! It looks like you did a brilliant job with this, and it makes a great spring-like picture alongside your lovely daffodils. We're so happy to hear that your Spicery meals have been the perfect thing to get you through lockdown!

5/5

Lovely aromatic saffron pilau. (I normally use turmeric, as saffron is an expensive spice!) Mild kofta curry sauce, the spicy heat being provided by the gajar pickle. (Cooled down by the lemony raita!) ... and another gorgeous side dish in the form of the aloo shimla mirch. All in all, an excellent (Saturday) curry night.

Robert Leach View More

Fantastic job, Robert - looking like a proud chef, and rightly so! We're so happy to hear how much you enjoyed this dish, complete with its luxurious touch of saffron!

5/5

Outstandingly good. Reminded us of real curries on trips to India!

Ian Tunbridge View More

It's great to hear that you found this box to be an authentic taste of India, and that it brought back happy memories of past adventures! Happy spicing!

5/5

What an amazing curry night - eldest son said: lots of new tastes I’ve not had before!

Cathy Beddows View More

This looks delicious, Cathy! We're so glad to hear how much you loved it, and that your son enjoyed experiencing some new flavours - it's so great to try something new!

5/5

Absolutely stunning

Hugh Horan View More

We're so happy to hear how much you enjoyed this dish - happy spicing!

5/5

Fabulous combination of flavours. As a vegetarian I had to adapt it a bit and made mushroom and nut koftas which worked really well. There is a great contrast between the peppery aloo, the warming kofta, the fiery pickle, the sweet rice and the cooling lemon raita

Peter Harris View More

This all looks delicious, and it sounds like you did a great job of adapting the recipe to make a veggie version. We're so happy to hear how much you enjoyed it!

5/5

Amazing curry yet again. Everything worked so well together. Delicious!

Philip Williams View More

This looks like a really great spread, we're so happy to hear how much you enjoyed it!

5/5

Fantastic combination of flavours. Really enjoyed cooking this.

Andrea Reese View More

This looks great, Andrea - nice job! We're so happy to hear that you enjoyed cooking it as much as eating it!

5/5

Loved spending time together to cook, using new ingredients and enjoying every single mouthful. We've even learnt more cooking skills, and it's made us improve our other meals as well.

Adam Davies View More

It's so lovely to hear how much you've enjoyed spending some quality time together cooking and enjoying your Spicery meals - happy spicing!

2/5

Determined spice lievel was much too high, more of a tomato taste than curry. meatballs ended up being very overcooked if you followed the timing provided on the recipe card.

Jessica Kraft View More

Thanks for your feedback on this dish, we'll certainly take another look at the timings and the heat level.

5/5

Absolutely delicious, every mouthful of it. I found this the easiest so far to make and had a wonderful time with my fiancé making this. The koftas tasted professionally made and the gajar pickle and aloo shimla mirch perfectly complimented the main curry and rice. Would 1000% make again! This is a dish to show off to friends and family!

Leanne Williams View More

We're so happy to hear that you loved making this as much as eating it - happy spicing!

5/5

Not enough potatoes so added a leek but otherwise as instructed. Enough for 3 meals and totally divine. The carrot chutney a real find so more of that will always be welcome. The glasses in the middle were Vodka for my lady and Fizz for me. Thank you so much.

Denis Christopher Lunn View More

What a feast - great job, guys, this all looks delicious! And a nice drink to wash it down too, delightful!

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