Beef kofta curry

This is a very special recipe for me as my dad makes this for the family whenever the occasion calls for it. It’s a South Indian version of the classic kofta curry also known as kola urundai kuzhambu in tamil. My family loves this curry really spicy and hot but you can adjust it according to your taste.



For meatballs

500g Beef mince
1/2 tbsp ginger paste
1/2 tbsp garlic paste
4 green chillies, finely chopped or paste
1 tbsp mustard oil
1/2 cup coriander, chopped
few mint leaves, chopped
1/2 tsp turmeric powder
1 tsp cumin powder
1/2 tsp red chilli powder
Juice of half lime
salt to taste

For Curry

1 medium sized onion and 2 green chillies, paste
1 tbsp ginger paste
1/2 tbsp garlic paste
5 tbsp Vegetable oil ( for frying meatballs and cooking)
1 large tomato, chopped
1 tbsp red chilli powder
1  1/2 tsp turmeric powder
1/2 tbsp cumin powder
1/2 tbsp coriander powder
Salt to taste
3-4 slit green chillies and chopped coriander leaves for garnish.


Add all the kofta ingredients in a food processor and pulse a few times to combine everything. Make sure you don’t make a very smooth paste.

Make small balls (the size of a ping pong ball) and keep in the fridge or an hour.

In a heavy bottomed pot, heat 3 tbsp oil on a high flame and fry meatballs in batches until nice golden brown in colour. Remove and keep aside.

In the same pot, add the rest of the oil and turn the heat to  medium.

Add onion-chilli, ginger, garlic paste and sauté  till light brown in colour.

Add the red chilli powder, cumin, turmeric and coriander powder and stir for a couple of seconds.

Add tomato and half a cup of water and sautè till oil separates.

Now, add the fried meatballs and enough hot water to cover the meatballs. Add salt and cover with a lid and simmer on low flame until the meatballs are cooked through and the gravy is of desired consistency.

Garnish with coriander and slit green chillies.

Beef meat balls