READER RECIPE / Great balls of fire
Saturday 20 November 1993
Kofta (Meatball) Curry
Sauce ingredients: sunflower oil
3 medium onions
14oz (400g) tin of tomatoes
1tbs coriander powder
1tbs cumin powder
1tbs garam masala
2tsp hot Madras curry powder
1 1/2 tsp turmeric
1 1/2 tsp powdered ginger or 2tsp finely grated root
8 crushed black peppercorns
2-3 small cinnamon sticks
salt to taste
For meatballs: 1 1/2 lb (675g) minced beef
1 medium onion, finely chopped
2tsp garam masala
1 1/2 tsp coriander powder
2-3 cloves finely minced garlic
2 eggs, lightly whisked
2 slices stale bread, soaked in water then pressed to be as dry as possible
1 1/2 tbs vinegar
1 1/2 tsp mint sauce
Preparation: Finely chop onions. Fry in 4-6tbs oil until starting to brown. Add cloves and cinnamon sticks. Make a runny paste of spices with vinegar and a bit of water. Add to onions, cook 4-5 minutes on medium heat, stirring gently. Add tomatoes, pulping them in well. Salt and simmer, stirring, for 25-30 minutes. Add water as needed to maintain a loose sauce. Now make the meatballs: in a large bowl, mix spices and garlic with eggs, mint sauce and vinegar. Add chopped onion, bread, salt and mix. Add mince, blend well. Form walnut-sized balls. Heat a large frying pan with 3tbs sunflower oil. When almost smoking hot, add meatballs. Reduce heat, cook for about 8 minutes, turning to brown evenly. Remove meatballs with slotted spoon and stir into sauce. Allow to simmer another 5 minutes. Serve with plain rice.
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