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.
Depending on where in world you are, you may find Kofta made as dry balls or can be with gravy (generally served with rice).
The word kofta is inherited from classical persian kōfta, meaning “to grind” or “to beat”, reflecting the ground meat used for the meatballs. It is interesting to see how Kofta is made in various parts of the world, closely depicting the eating pattern of that place. For instance, in Lebanon, Kofta is mostly made from beef, and in Romania, Kofta is called chiftea, and is usually made of pork.
I have been usually making Lauki / Bottle Gourd every now and then, and on special occasions I make Malai Kofta, but I was mulling about making Cabbage Kofta for sometime and 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…and after making this cabbage kofta, I served him this kofta in dinner with chappatti and rice, yess! He loved it.
There is a lot of similarity between making Lauki and Cabbage Kofta, and key to making good kofta curry is two fold:
- Good soft Kofta, which should not be too soft that it crumbles or is 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.
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.
Below is the step by step detailed recipe to make cabbage kofta curry.
Note that for Vegan version, you can replace yogurt / cream with almond milk or equivalent.