Thursday, 20 September 2007

Hyderabadi Lamb(Mutton) Kheema Kofta Curry - Meat balls in Cashew Rich Gravy

I have been busy lately and now I am back to the normal routine with cooking, taking pics and blogging.
I have been facing tantrums at home from J, saying that I am cooking merely for blogging and not for him :) and also complains that my camera gets the first chance to capture my dish. I guess this is a common argument in many of your homes too.

Kheema Kofta with Ghee Rice

J was craving for kheema koftas from past one month and because of my busy schedule could not meet the household demands :)
To those who dont know Koftas are popular throughout India. They are made using fine lean mince which is blended with herbs and spices and made into balls.

This dish sounds exotic and tastes it too! Add it to a dinner party menu and your guests will end licking their fingers :)

Ground Lamb meat(Kheema): 1/2 Kg
Onions: 2, minced
Tomato Puree: 1 cup
Green Chilles: 5, adjust acc. to your taste buds, slit length-wise
CashewNuts, Chironji and WaterMelon seeds: 1 cup, soak in water for 1 hr and grind to smooth paste
Jeera/Cumin seeds: 1 tsp
Cloves: 5
Cinnamon: 2 inch stick
Red Chilli Powder: 3 tsps
Garam Masala: 2 tsp
Lemon juice: 2 Tbsp
Ginger Garlic Paste: 2 Tbsp
Oil: 3 Tbsp + extra for frying
KasuriMethi: 1 tsp
Sour Cream: 1 Tbsp
Water: 200 ml/ 2cups
Salt: to tsate

Kheema Kofta Curry

How I did it:
  1. Marinate kheema with lemon juice, 1 tsp salt, half of Ginger garlic paste, red chilli powder. And keep aside for 2 to 3 hrs, or refrigerate overnight.
  2. Heat oil for frying in a kadai, shape the kheema into koftas, shape and size as desired and deep fry them. Keep aside for further use.
  3. For the Gravy:
  4. Heat oil in a wide heavy bottomed saucepan.
  5. Add jeera, minced onions and green chillies and fry for few mins, till the raw smell of the onions disappears.
  6. Add ginger garlic paste and fry for few more mins.
  7. Add red chilli powder, garam masala and tomato puree and salt.
  8. Cook covered for 15 mins, stirring in between.
  9. Add cashewnut paste, and water. Cook again for 15 more mins, stirring in between.(be careful the gravy bloops up)
  10. Add kasoori Methi, cream and stir.
  11. Add the koftas and cook on low for 10 mins.
  12. Remove from heat, Serve hot with Ghee Rice or Rotis.

Kheema Kofta with Ghee Rice

And the Verdict:
Truely Hyderabadi!!
Creamy and rich gravy reminds of shahi and mughlai dishes!!
And very fulling and heavy meal, and please don't count the calories.
Not for people on diet :D


Happy cook said...

Wow that looks super delicious.
I know what you mean my hubby also says i am cooking for the blog and not for him and daughter :-)))

sra said...

The Spouse in my house says that too, not that he doesn't like what is made, but I guess he wants to be more important than the blog :)

ramya said...

yha same here my daughter is too small to complain and my hubby cracks lot of jokes on my blogging and cooking :) until a pic is taken no one gets to eat. Koftas r looking good. i am missing keema i love that. Hope i am in India.

Asha said...

Oh my!! What a beautiful and tasty looking Kofta. Mouthwatering Cinnamon, great job girl!:))

Mishmash ! said...

I can sail a ship in my mouth now!!!!! the pic talks for everything you have said in the verdict!!!!!

Rina said...

This is long due in my home too. My hubby loves them, sure I'll try this soon. Pictures make my mouth watering

Mansi Desai said...

truly a beauty...I loved your gravy...I'll try making it with veggie koftas!:)

Padma said...

MIND BLOWING what a snap of the thick rich gravy! truly fantastic

Jyothi said...

Really, looks superb. Rich gravy with lamb. Might be delicious. Thanks for sharing.

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Cynthia said...

Drooling here darling, drolling here.

Sig said...

Wow, I will be licking my fingers for sure, if I got to taste these... that cashew gravy looks so yummy, I'm sure this can be used for other meat curry preparations too... Going back to the post now to drool some more :)

Nags said...

i am always too lazy to make koftas. with lamb..ohhh. this must be so yummy! and the gravy looks delicious

Apple said...

Superb recipe..'m too lazy to make it for my own..I know it's too late..But love to have that for my lunch today :(....

Sandeepa said... of all days when I eat only veg...and this what I see.
You can very well imagine my state, my grumbling tummy, my glazed lokk...yumyyyyyyyy

Lissie said...

hi cinnamon, the pictures look so inviting! this is a dish i will definetly try!!

Annemarie said...

I love cashew-based curry sauces (just had one last night...) but have never ventured out there myself. Thanks for posting this, you may just prompt me to give it a go!

Srivalli said...

Hey cinnamon, give me your address..when I told me hubby abt your keema kofta and said will make it for him. He said better idea will be to get your address and visit you when we come to hyd...:)

remya said...

wow...i love hyderabadi dishes.I havent tasted kofta curry yet.but now i wish to taste is yummy n seems spicy.yeaa same hubby also complains that now a days i'm more interestd in blog n not in him... hahahaa

sabita said...

drooling pics!!!a must try recipe :)
do visit my blog...bye

Shella said...

Gorgeous looking koftas. The colour has come out soooo beautiful!!

meeso said...

The story of your husband is funny...I don't think any man ever grows up, they are toddlers forever :) This looks and sounds delicious...another of your recipes I have to try!!!

thais said...

That looks fantastic and I am trying it tonight....Just wondered in which part of the process the cloves and cinnamon go.....

Thanks a lot!

Sapthanaa Balachander said...

Awesome dish!!!!!!
I tried that this weekend for my anniversary and served the guests too.. they simply loved that.. I cudnt get the sour cream.. Instead used sour curd..But the taste was heavenly.. Posting ur recipe in my site with THANKS TO CINNAMON

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