Wednesday, 25 March 2015

Lamb Kofta Curry




Did you know – that a kofta is basically a meatball??!! I am so used to seeing them on sticks and thinking that they are some type of kebab!  I spend so much time researching food, what things go together, where things come from etc – that I was surprised when I stumbled across this one!  The recipe came to me when I was on the bus – thinking well I would like to make some koftas but in my mind, I’m thinking kebab pitta bread etc.  That is not what I felt like though.. I wanted something saucy with some rice – so I researched ‘kofta curry’ and to my surprise lots of recipes came up!  There are so many different variations from different parts of the world –so I decided to create my own – using my tried and tested curry recipe, adding in a few tweaks!






The recipe is so versatile, and can be made with any type of mince meat you fancy – and the end result is amazing!  I never expected it to come out as well as it does, but the sauce get so rich and flavoursome by cooking the meat in it.

Enjoy!

Calories: 220  •  Slimming World: FREE on Extra Easy Plan 

 Weight Watchers Pro Points: 1PP per 30g • WeightWatchers Filling & Healthy Values: 5PP*


Preparation Time: 15 Minutes
Cooking Time: 20-25 Minutes
Serves 6



You Will Need:

500g Extra Lean Mince Lamb – I used Tesco Organic (check the PPs for your own for accuracy)
(Beef mince can also be used as a substitute)
Handful Chives Chopped
Tsp Ground Coriander
Salt & Pepper for Seasoning

For the Sauce:

1 Onion Diced
2 Cloves of Garlic Minced
1 Tsp Ground Cumin
1 Tsp Turmeric
1 Tsp Ground Coriander
2 Tsp Curry Powder
As Much Chilli Powder as you like if you like
75ml Water
400g Tin of Chopped Tomatoes
1 Tbsp Fage 0% Greek Yoghurt
Salt & Pepper for Seasoning
Frylight/Calorie Controlled Oil Spray

Chopped Fresh Coriander to garnish (optional)

Method:

Place the mince, and chives into a big bowl, add the coriander and seasoning and combine.

Using your hands, roll into koftas– you should get 24 koftas from the mixture – set aside or leave in the fridge if you have time.

In a heavy bottomed saucepan sprayed with oil, start to soften the onions and garlic

When softened, add the water – tip in the spices and give a good stir

Pour in the tomatoes and simmer for 2-3 minutes whilst the flavours combine

Add the uncooked koftas to the sauce – and simmer on a medium heat for 15 minutes (if the sauce is getting to thick and reducing too much add some more water)

Not only will this cook the koftas but it will make the sauce so flavoursome

Take off the heat and rest for a couple of minutes, stir in the yoghurt and top with the chopped coriander

Serve with rice, and a mini naan and you will be transported to a restaurant in no time!

* Free if you substitute the lamb mince for extra lean beef
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