Saturday, June 1, 2013

Murgh Koftay ( Chicken Meatballs Curry )

Murgh Koftay ( Chicken Meatballs Curry ) ... Meatballs made with chicken mince and spices, cooked in a delicious yogurt based curry.

Murgh Koftay ( Chicken Meatballs Curry )

Serves : 4 - 6

Ingredients :

For koftay / meatballs :
  • 250 gm.  boneless chicken cubes or mince
  • 1 large bread slice
  • 1/2 tsp.  salt
  • 1/2 tsp.  red chilli powder
  • 1/4 tsp.  garam masala powder
  • 1 tsp.  ginger garlic paste
  • 1 small onion, finely chopped
  • 1 green chilli, finely chopped
  • 1 tbsp.  fresh coriander leaves, chopped
For Curry :
  • 1/4 cup oil
  • 250 gm.  onions, thinly sliced
  • 250 gm.  yoghurt
  • 1 tsp.  cumin seeds
  • 1 tbsp.   ginger garlic paste
  • 6 - 8 black pepper
  • 4 - 5 cloves
  • 2 large cardamom
  • 2 - 3 small cardamom
  • 2 inch piece cinnamon stick
  • 1 tbsp.  coriander powder
  • 1 to 1 1/2 tbsp.  red chillies powder
  • 1/4 tsp.  turmeric powder
  • Salt, to taste
  • 1/2 tsp.  garam masala powder
  • Pinch of each ( green cardamom, nutmeg & mace; ground )
  • 2 tbsp.  fresh coriander leaves, chopped
Method :
  • Add chicken in a food processor and pulse until fine grind.
  • Remove crust from the bread slice, soak in enough water to just cover, then squeeze out any excess liquid.
  • Add bread and remaining ingredients to chicken and pulse until well combined.
  • Transfer to a bowl. With wet hands, shape meatballs mixture into medium sized balls ( about 8 - 10 ).
  • Refrigerate until ready to use ( You can freeze them at this point for later use ). Meanwhile, prepare the curry for meatballs.
  • Heat oil in a pan. Add sliced onion and fry on medium heat till light brown. Remove from oil and drain on absorbent paper.
  • Combine yoghurt, cumin seeds and fried onions in a blender and blend to a smooth paste.
  • Add ginger garlic paste, black pepper, cloves, cardamoms, cinnamon stick in the pan and fry for few seconds.
  • Add coriander powder, red chillies powder, turmeric powder and salt. Stir and add the blended paste.
  • Add water ( 1/2 cup or as required ) and cook, covered, on medium heat till water dries out and the curry leaves oil.
  • Now add the prepared meatballs in a single layer over curry. Add 1/2 cup water.
  • Cook on low heat, slightly covered, for about 15 minutes or until meatballs are cooked through. Do not stir meatballs with a spoon, just move the pan occasionally.
  • Add enough water to make a thin gravy and bring to a boil. Sprinkle garam masala, cardamom, nutmeg & mace powder.
  • Transfer to a serving bowl. Garnish with chopped coriander leaves.
  • Serve hot with Naan / Chapati.

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Thank you for stopping by. Hope you enjoy the recipe!!!


  1. Yummy... love the color n flavors. ..

  2. well made ambreen. like the color of curry..

  3. Holy cow (or should I say chicken?) those sound delicious! Cannot wait to try these :)

    Happy Blogging!
    Happy Valley Chow

  4. This looks very good and interesting!

  5. Looks so delicious n very tempting

  6. Wow what a a beautiful curry!I feel like picking up a fork and diving in straight for the Chicken Koftas.

  7. What a delicious curry my friend :D


  8. looks perfect..

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  9. looks so deliciously enticing...mouthwatering stuff!

    1. Thank you Rafeeda, PT, Kitchen Queen, Eric, Jeni, Gheza e shiriin, Akila, Meena, Uru, Preety, Kalyan :)

  10. im so glad that you posted this recipe because ive been looking for a good chicken ke koftay recipe!

  11. Oh my! That is a VERY long list of ingredients! You must be a gourmet cook! Looks yummy AND healthy! Good for you.... :)

    hugs xx Crystelle
    Crystelle Boutique

  12. Your meatball are truly amazing. I can smell this aromatic dish from the ingredient list. Thank you for sharing it with us on foodie friday.

  13. It looks so delicious.. Want to give a try..

    Sunandas Kitchen

    1. Thank you myninjanaan, Roha, Diane, Sunanda for stopping by :)

  14. Your pictures are gorgeous! Oh, I would love to try this dish - but I just haven't had the guts to try my hand at any curry dishes yet. I am pinning this for when I start - it just looks too good! Thank you for sharing at Tasty Tuesdays, hope you have a great week. :)


  15. Incredible and terrific kofta curry,cant resist.

  16. Oh yum - I've got to try these! I'd love for you to bring them to Tuesday's Table -

  17. These meatballs look delicious and yogurt pairs perfectly with them!

  18. Mmmm my husband is peeking over my shoulder & is VERY interested in these! :D Thank you so much for linking up with me this week at Tasty Tuesdays! I’ve pinned this & shared it with my followers! If you’re looking for a way to increase your Facebook followers, come join my Facebook linky this weekend! Here’s the link:

  19. This is so different, yet so familiar to me. It certainly is a checklist of all the ingredients that I love. I thank you for sharing at What'd You Do This Weekend. Best wishes for tasty dishes this week!

  20. Thank you Jess, Priya, Susan, Katerina, Lail, anyonita & Tumbleweed Contessa visiting & for your lovely comments :)

  21. Thank you so much for sharing your great recipe with Full Plate Thursday and have a wonderful week.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

  22. This looks amazing!

    I would love for you to link up at the Mommy Archive - we're focusing on favourite chicken recipes this week, Alice x

  23. Delicious and yummy koftay.. I just loved this recipe Ambreen :-)


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