Deshi in the Dorm Kitchen – Chicken Kofta Curry


Dear Amani,

I’m sure this recipe exists in some form somewhere. Here is what I did with a pound of ground chicken. Its a yummy take on the everyday chicken and potato curry.

You’ll need:

1 lb of ground chicken

1 medium onion

2 medium potatoes (I had yellow potatoes)

1 teaspoon curry powder (grocery store brand is fine, I had hot curry powder from our Indian grocery store)

1 teaspoon of garlic paste (crushed, powder, doesn’t matter)

1 teaspoon of ginger paste (powder is fine)

Oil about a 1/4 cup

Here’s what you do:

1. Mix ground chicken with shredded potato (don’t shred your fingers, be careful with the metal grating box….use the large eyes), shred onion on the same contraption about 2 tablespoons worth, 1/2 teaspoon of ginger, garlic and curry powder each. And salt.

2. Form loose meatballs with the mixture. It’ll be messy. If you oil your hands, it’ll be easier to form.

3. Fry lightly in the oil. Turning so all sides get browned.

4. You can stop here or reserve some meatballs separately for room mates who don’t like much spice and for sandwiches or quick bites. Be sure to check done-ness. If not, place in warm oven for 10 minutes. The meatballs need to cook a bit for the potatoes to get soft.

5. If you want to make a curry sauce……..chop the rest of the onion, fry it in the oil (depending on how much oil is left in the pan you might want to drain some of it…until you have about 2-3 tablespoons left in the pan), add the rest the ginger, garlic and curry powder (and salt). Fry until you can smell the spices. Add 1/2 cup of water. A sauce will form very quickly. Put the meatballs back in the pan, coat gently with the sauce and let sit on low for about 15 minutes.

You can add chopped tomatoes, cilantro, cream or coconut milk if you have it. Otherwise, this is an easy 6 ingredient recipe. You can also use any spice instead of the curry powder for example tandoori spice or any barbeque spice rub.

Serve with hot rice or bread. Let me know if you try it.


Your hungry mom

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