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Beetroot Kofta Curry

Delicate beetroot kofta served in luscious creamy tomato gravy .Goes well with rice and Indian flatbreads.
Prep Time 30 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 50 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine Indian Cuisine.
Servings 4


For Beetroot Kofta Curry

  • 2 Medium Size Fresh Beetroot Grated
  • 1 Big Carrot Grated
  • ½ Cup Grated Paneer
  • 2 Tbsp Corn Starch
  • 1 Tsp Grated/Minced Ginger
  • 1 Green Chilli Chopped Finely
  • 1 Tbsp Oil(I used avocado oil)
  • ½ Tsp Salt
  • ½ Tsp Kashmiri red chilli powder

For Tomato Cream Gravy

  • 1 Medium Onion,chopped finely
  • 1 Big Good quality ripe tomato
  • 1 Tbsp Ginger chopped
  • 3 Cloves Garlic
  • 2 Green Chillies
  • 1 Tbsp Crushed Kasoori Methi
  • 1 Tsp Coriander Powder
  • ½ Tsp Red Chilli Powder1
  • 1 Tsp Brown Sugar/Honey
  • ¼ Cup Heavy Cream
  • ½ Tsp Garam Masala Powder
  • 1 Tsp Turmeric Powder
  • 1 Tbsp Ghee/Clarified Butter
  • 1 Tbsp Fresh Cilantro


For Making Kofta Curry

  • Peel beetroot and carrot .Grate them .
  • Grate Paneer As well.
  • Keep Everything Ready.
  • Take a pan .Add ½ tbsp oil to it .
  • When it becomes hot ,add ginger and green chilli to it.Saute for 30 seconds.
  • Add grated carrot and beetroot to it .Saute it for 1-2 minute on low medium flame.
  • Add Salt and red chilli powder to it.Mix it nicely.
  • Add grated paneer to it .Mix it well.
  • Remove it in a plate and keep it till it comes to room temp.
  • Mix corn starch to it. 2 tbsp will be more then enough for making soft KOfta ,but if you are not able to make ,add just a little. Remember that adding too much corn starch will ruin the soft and delicate texture.
  • Mix everything together and make small size balls of it .They will be a quarter dollar size.
  • While making kofta balls spread some oil /ghee on your palm ,so that your kofta balls are coated with oil.

How to air fry beetroot kofta balls

  • Preheat oven to 370 F.Brush the tray of air fryer with little oil so that kofta balls does not stick to it.
  • Air fry kofta balls on 370 F for 4-5 minute.Turn them around in between .Do not over crowd the air fryer .You can do it twice .
  • Remove it after it looks done .They shouldn't be crispy .They will be soft and delicate.
  • Remove it in a plate.

How to shallow fry it on the stove top

  • Take a pan .Add enough oil for shallow frying.
  • Make your kofta balls little flat by pressing lightly on your palm.
  • Shall fry it on medium flame till it looks done but not look crispy.

Making of creamy tomato gravy.

  • Take a pan .Add ghee/oil to it.
  • When its hot add chopped onion to it.Saute it till it looks little transparent.It will take 2 minutes.
  • Add ginger ,garlic and green chilli to it.Saute it on medium flame for 1 minute.
  • Add coriander powder ,turmeric powder,red chilli powder to it .Saute it for 1 minute.
  • Add chopped tomato and salt to it .Saute it on low /medium flame till tomatoes are mixed with onion masala.
  • Grind this onion tomato paste into a smooth paste.It should be very smooth .You can use 2 tbsp of water for making this paste.
  • Now add tomato onion paste to the same pan .Add ½ cup of water and brown sugar ro it.
  • Let it cook on medium flame for one minute.
  • Add heavy cream to it .Stir it nicely and add crushed kasoori methi and garam masala to it.
  • Consistency of gravy should be creamy and little thin.If its too thick add little water ,and if its thin let it cook for some time.
  • Taste the salt noew ,if needed ,add just a little.This curry is quite mild in flavour.Too much salt will spoil the flavour.

Assembling the kofta curry

  • Take a serving platter .
  • Pour gravy over it .Arrange your kofta balls on top .
  • Garnish with fresh cilantro leaves and serve.
  • Enjoy.
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