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Pakistani Chicken Kofta Curry Recipe

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
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Resting time 20 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
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

  • Mix all ingredients of kofta to make soft dough. (Mix 1 extra tablespoon cream if dough is not soft.) Refrigerate for 30 minutes.
  • Grease fingers with oil and roll out 1 inch kofta balls from dough. Refrigerate again until required.

For curry

  • In a wide based skillet, fry onion paste for 3 minutes until onion water dries and you see oil on sides.
  • Add all spices and fry for 1 minute until fragrant.
  • 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.)
  • 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.
  • Add milk and water to thin gravy to desired consistency and bring curry to boil again.
  • Garnish with butter and pepper powder.


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.