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Step by step Pakistani kofta  recipe  AKA Indian meatball curry in coconut milk with photos of each step.

I love this! It’s so easy to make and tastes delicious. The spices in this recipe are just right and it is equally loved by hubby and kids. Does life get any better? When you get a meal that pleases everyone in the family even my father in law (pleasing whose taste buds is like getting a noble prize). No, no, I’m not exaggerating.

Taste of Pakistani kofta recipe

In this basically, Sufaid Kofta Curry AKA white meatballs curry, in which I’ve used a combination on coconut milk powder, milk cream and yogurt; all the whites. This combination doesn’t give a very overpowering coconut flavor. But, you can play around coconut cream and coconut with yogurt for a intense coconut flavor.

Coconut milk powder is easy to store in dry pantry, hence it is always in hand. But, you can switch milk and coconut milk powder for ¾ cup coconut milk, if needed. Similarly, you can switch ¼ cup cream with 4 tablespoon coconut cream.

Instead of breadcrumbs, I used soaked bread which keeps the meatballs moist. You may soak bread in milk or water.  You can learn about origin of Kofta here.

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How to make Pakistani Kofta Recipe

Pakistani Chicken Kofta Curry Recipe
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
25 mins
Resting time
20 mins
Total Time
35 mins

Easy to make delicious and soft kofta and rich curry.

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Indian, Pakistani, South Asian
Keyword: chciken kofta recipe, chicken meat balls recipe
Servings: 4 servings
For Kofa (meatballs)
  • 400 gram chicken mince
  • 3 medium sliced bread soaked in water for 2 seconds and squeezed.
  • ½ onion chopped finely and water squeezed and discarded
  • 1 inch ginger chopped finely
  • ¾-1 tablespoon chilli paste less or more to taste
  • 1 tablespoon cream
  • 1 teaspoon garlic paste
  • ½ tablespoon coriander powder
  • ½ teaspoon cumin seeds
  • ¼ teaspoon turmeric powder
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper powder
  • Salt to taste
For Curry
  • ¼ cup Oil
  • 1 onion blended into paste
  • 1 tablespoon green chilli paste
  • ½ tablespoon ginger garlic paste
  • ½ tablespoon coriander powder
  • 1 teaspoon cumin seeds
  • 6 black pepper
  • 3 button red chilli
  • Salt to taste
  • 1 cup yogurt
  • ¼ cup coconut milk powder
  • ¼ cup cream
  • ¼ milk
Garnish (optional)
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • Black pepper to taste
For kofta
  1. Mix all ingredients of kofta to make soft dough. (Mix 1 extra tablespoon cream if dough is not soft.) Refrigerate for 30 minutes.
  2. Grease fingers with oil and roll out 1 inch kofta balls from dough. Refrigerate again until required.
For curry
  1. In a wide based skillet, fry onion paste for 3 minutes until onion water dries and you see oil on sides.
  2. Add all spices and fry for 1 minute until fragrant.
  3. Now, add ¼ cup water and mix. Add kofta balls one by one in skillet. Cover and cook for 7-10 minutes on low heat. To mix, hold skillet with napkins and shake. (Do not mix with spoon until color of kofta completely changes to whitish.)
  4. Mix yogurt, cream, coconut milk and milk in bowl and pour over kofta. Mix slowly and carefully. Cook for another 7-10 minutes on low flame so until a little oil rises on side of pan.
  5. Add milk and water to thin gravy to desired consistency and bring curry to boil again.
  6. Garnish with butter and pepper powder.
Recipe Notes

Mince made with chicken thigh make best kofta

. Add less or no cream in kofta if using chicken thigh mince.

The kofta dough should be soft, or your chicken kofta will turn hard after cooking.

You can add butter or cream to make dough soft.

Step by step Pakistani Kofta Recipe

For Kofta (meatballs)

Take all ingredient of kofta in a bowl and mix well.

(Note: Bread is soaked in water and squeezed. Finely chopped onion is also squeezed to remove extra water.)

The kofta dough should be soft. Refrigerate for 20-30 minutes for easy rolling.

(If using mince made out of chicken breast you may add an extra tablespoon of cream)

Apply little oil on fingers and roll out kofta balls from the mince dough. Refrigerate again.

(Tip: You may freeze these balls for later use. First freeze each ball separately, then put them together in freezer bag.)

For Curry

Fry onion paste in oil until onion water dries.

Add spices. Fry for 1 minute.

Add water.

Add kofta. Cover and cook on low flame for 7-10 minutes until kofta changes color. Do not use spoon to mix until kofta are cooked. Hold the pot with napkins and shake the pot from side to side to mix.

The kofta balls are cooked.

While kofta cooks, mix yogurt, cream and coconut milk powder in a bowl.

Add milk.

Pour yogurt mixture over kofta. Mix and cover the pot tightly. Cook for 7-10 minutes on low heat until a layer of oil separates on top.

Garnish with black pepper and serve.

Pakistani kofta recipe

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