Cabbage Kofta Curry Recipe - A Kofta Curry

Cabbage Kofta Curry Recipe

Kofta, its a ball made up of minced stuffing mixed with spices. In its simplest form Kofta is primarily made of minced meat, however in Indian subcontinent, for the vegetarians, its mainly filled with Paneer or Lauki (Bottle Gourd). There are shrimp and fish koftas too, found mainly in coastal regions of India. Bored of normal veg kofta, I am making this Cabbage Kofta Curry.

Depending on where in world you are, you may find Kofta made as dry balls or can be with gravy (generally served with rice).

What is kofta

The word kofta is inherited from classical persian kōfta, meaning “to grind” or “to beat”, reflecting the ground meat used for the meatballs.

Making of kofta varies from place to place.

For instance, in Lebanon, Kofta is mostly made from beef, and in Romania, Kofta is called chiftea, and is usually made of pork. 

Cabbage Kofta Curry Recipe -
Cabbage Kofta Curry Recipe –

I have been usually making Lauki / Bottle Gourd every now and then. On special occasions I make Malai Kofta. Lately, I was mulling about making Cabbage Kofta curry. When I bought cabbage recently, I thought I will make this cabbage kofta.

Whenever I try something new, I feel the need to get someone who can give me genuine feedback on it. Who else can be best critique other than my hubby? ! After making this cabbage kofta, I served him this kofta in dinner with chappatti and rice, yess! He loved it. 

Kofta Made from Cabbage - YourFoodFantasy
Kofta Made from Cabbage –

There is a lot of similarity between making Lauki and Cabbage Kofta.

How to make best kofta

The key to making good kofta curry is that 

  • Good soft Kofta, which should not be too soft that it crumbles.
  • Good kofta should not be hard, should be just melt in mouth.
  • A good rich gravy, not runny.

To get soft kofta, your dough should be soft having a thick batter consistency and should be fried on medium heat.

Homemade Kofta Curry -
Homemade Kofta Curry –

Here is a top tip which I follow to check if a restaurant is a good Indian restaurant and knows its food. For every new Indian/ Pakistani restaurant I visit, I will ask for a portion of Malai Kofta and if one can make good malai kofta, they can make generally most of curries well. Try this tip out yourself next time you visit a new restaurant.

This cabbage kofta curry is

  • Easy to make
  • Gluten-free
  • Extremely delicious

Serving suggestion

Serve hot cabbage kofta with steamed basmati rice, pulao or any Indian bread.

Vegan Kofta

Vegan version of this cabbage kofta, you can replace yogurt / cream with vegan yogurt / cream.

Below is the step by step detailed recipe to make cabbage kofta curry.

Cabbage Kofta Curry Recipe - Your Food Fantasy

Cabbage Kofta Curry

One of the best gluten free cabbage kofta curry, pair with rice or bread and tastes delicious
5 from 3 votes
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 25 mins
Total Time 40 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine Indian
Servings 5 Portions
Calories 299 kcal


For Kofta

  • 500 Grams Green Cabbage Grated
  • 1/2 Cup Gram flour / Besan
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Salt
  • 1/3 Teaspoon Red Chilli Powder
  • 1 Green chilli Finely Chopped
  • Oil For Deep Frying

For Gravy

  • 1 Onion Finely Chopped
  • 1 Teaspoon Dried Fenugreek Leaves / Kasuri Methi
  • 2 Tablespoon Oil
  • 2 Tomatoes Finely Chopped
  • 1-2 Bayleaves
  • 1 Tablespoon Ginger Garlic Paste
  • 1 Tablespoon Coriander Powder
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Garam Masala Powder
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Turmeric Powder
  • 1 Black Cardamom
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Salt
  • 1/3 Teaspoon Red Chilli Powder
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Cumin Seeds
  • 2 Tablespoon Yogurt
  • 1/3 Teasspoon Asafoetida


  • In a mixing bowl, take everything listed under kofta ingredients and mix well. Use 1-2 tablespoon of water to make thick batter (see pic). Take 2 tablespoon batter and form ball like shape of it. Make all the balls similarly.
    Kofta Mixture to make Cabbage Kofta - Your Food Fantasy
  • Heat oil in a pan/kadhai and fry the kofta balls on medium heat till they are golden brown. Take them out and keep aside.
    Deep frying Kofta to make Cabbage Kofta Curry - Your Food Fantasy
  • In another pan, take oil and once it’s warm add asafoetida, cumin seeds, bay leaves and black Cardamom. Once they splutter add onion and sauté till they are pinkish brown.
  • Add all the spices and roast them for a minute. Now, add tomatoes and fry the masala till the mixture start leaving oil. Add yogurt and mix well. Add 1.5 cup of water and let it boil for 7-8 minutes.
  • Now add the koftas and let it cook for 5-7 minutes.
  • Sprinkle kasuri Methi and then switch off the heat. Garnish with coriander leaves and serve hot.
    Cabbage Kofta -


  1. Grate the cabbage just before when you to make your curry, else grated cabbage will leave water.
  2. You can use purple cabbage too for this recipe.
  3. You can shallow fry or air fry koftas.
  4. You can add cream instead of yogurt in this recipe. (For Vegan version, use almond milk).


Nutrition Facts
Cabbage Kofta Curry
Amount Per Serving
Calories 299 Calories from Fat 180
% Daily Value*
Fat 20g31%
Saturated Fat 3g19%
Polyunsaturated Fat 3g
Monounsaturated Fat 14g
Cholesterol 0.4mg0%
Sodium 431mg19%
Potassium 538mg15%
Carbohydrates 24g8%
Fiber 6g25%
Sugar 8g9%
Protein 8g16%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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