I know that Kofta Curry is traditionally made with meat balls from beef or lamb, but I thought I would tweak the recipe ingredients a bit and try it with chicken. The results are amazing, a beautiful smooth and aromatic sauce, just perfect with a bowl of while basmati rice.

Kofta Curry - My Way

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Course: Dinner
Cuisine: Indian
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes
Degree of Difficulty : Moderately Difficult
Servings: 4 people


  • 3 skinless boneless chicken thighs
  • 1 medium onion
  • 2 tbsp oil
  • 6 small whole cardamom pods
  • 1" piece cinnamon stick
  • 6 whole cloves
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 tsp garlic paste
  • 1 tsp ginger paste
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1/2 tsp chili powder
  • 1/4 tsp turmeric
  • 2 tsp ground coriander
  • 2/3 cup yogurt
  • 2 tbsp ketchup
  • 1 can Roma tomatoes (about 8 ounces)
  • water
  • kosher salt to taste
  • 2-3 sprigs chopped fresh cilantro for garnish


  • Gather all ingredients before starting recipe
  • Peel and chop 1 medium onion .
  • Heat 2 tbsp oil in a deep sided skillet over medium high heat until the oil is hot, about 1 minute, add onions and fry until the onions are brown 4-5 minutes.
  • Add 1 tsp garlic paste, 1 tsp ginger pasteand fry for another minute.
  • Add 1 bay leaf, 6 small whole cardamom pods, 1" piece cinnamon stick, 6 whole cloves, 1 tsp ground cumin, 1/2 tsp chili powder, 1/4 tsp turmeric, and 2 tsp ground coriander and fry for another minute.
  • Add 3 skinless boneless chicken thighs and mix well coating all the chicken pieces. Continue turning until the chicken has lost its color.
  • Reduce heat to low, add 1 can Roma tomatoes (about 8 ounces) and 2 tbsp ketchup and cover and simmer until the chicken is cooked through,15-20 minutes. Do not overcook.

Final Step

  • Reheat if not serving immediately.


  • Once the chicken is heated through and bubbly, remove from heat and gently mix 2/3 cup yogurt.
  • Sprinkle curry with 2-3 sprigs chopped fresh cilantro for garnish.
  • Serve with plain rice or Potato, Peas and Green Pepper Curry

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