Beef Koftas - Beef meatballs

Beef Koftas - Beef meatballs -- Beef koftas are particularly good if you like mince dishes. They can be served with rice or chapattis. They can also be served with ‘English side dishes’ such as boiled potatoes, cabbage or cauliflower. For this recipe you need a liquidizer.

Beef Koftas - Beef meatballs

Serves 4.
Preparation and cooking time: 1 hr 50 mins.


25g (1oz) fresh garlic, peeled
25g (1oz) fresh ginger, peeled
3 green chillies
450g (1lb) minced beef
1 tsp salt
½ tsp chilli powder
2 tsp tandoori masala
1 tsp garam masala
2 tsp tomato purée
Small amount green dhanyia (coriander), chopped
30ml (1fl oz) cooking oil
2 medium sized onions, finely chopped
55g (2oz) plum peeled tomatoes
300ml (10fl oz) water


1. Place the garlic, ginger and green chillies into a liquidizer and process until finely chopped.

2. Mix the contents of the liquidizer with the mince, salt, chilli powder, tandoori masala, garam masala, tomato purée and fresh dhanyia and mix well. Shape the mixture into small meatballs approximately 5cm (2 inches) in diameter, and place them on a tray. Cover the tray.

3. Heat the oil in a large cooking pan. Add the onions and fry until they are golden brown. Now add the tomatoes and cook for a further 2 minutes.

4. Gently place 6 to 8 meatballs in the pan. Cover the pan, lower the heat and simmer for about 20 minutes. The meatballs will shrink in size and become golden brown. Carefully remove these balls from the onion and tomato mixture and place them on one side. Add another 6 to 8 fresh mince balls to the onion and tomato mixture, cover and simmer again for about the same period. Repeat this process until all the meatballs are done.

5. Now add all the meatballs to the onion and tomato mixture. Stir very gently and simmer for a further 50 minutes. Add the water, bring it to the boil, and simmer for a further 45 minutes, stirring every 10 minutes.

6. Transfer the contents to a serving dish and serve while hot.