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.

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

Cabbage Kofta Curry Recipe - YourFoodFantasy.com
Cabbage Kofta Curry Recipe – YourFoodFantasy.com

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. 

Cabbage Kofta Curry - YourFoodFantasy.com
Cabbage Kofta Curry – YourFoodFantasy.com

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. 

Kofta Made from Cabbage - YourFoodFantasy
Kofta Made from Cabbage – YourFoodFantasy.com

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.

Homemade Kofta Curry - YourFoodFantasy.com
Homemade Kofta Curry – YourFoodFantasy.com

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.

Cabbage Kofta Curry Recipe - Your Food Fantasy
Cabbage Kofta Curry Recipe – Your Food Fantasy

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.

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Course Main Course
Cuisine Indian
Prep Time 15 Mins
Cook Time 25 Mins
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Course Main Course
Cuisine Indian
Prep Time 15 Mins
Cook Time 25 Mins
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For Gravy
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Instructions
  1. 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
  2. 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
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. Now add the koftas and let it cook for 5-7 minutes.
  6. Sprinkle kasuri Methi and then switch off the heat. Garnish with coriander leaves and serve hot.
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Recipe Notes
  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).
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Nutrition Facts
Cabbage Kofta Curry
Amount Per Serving
Calories 299 Calories from Fat 180
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 20g 31%
Saturated Fat 3g 15%
Polyunsaturated Fat 3g
Monounsaturated Fat 14g
Cholesterol 0.4mg 0%
Sodium 431mg 18%
Potassium 538mg 15%
Total Carbohydrates 24g 8%
Dietary Fiber 6g 24%
Sugars 8g
Protein 8g 16%
Vitamin A 6%
Vitamin C 67%
Calcium 8%
Iron 13%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Kofta Curry - Cabbage Kofta Curry - Your Food Fantasy
Kofta Curry – Cabbage Kofta Curry – Your Food Fantasy

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