Vegetable Kofta Curry

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Sky is blue, Tomatoes are red, Milk is white, and Hairs are black…well this was what my son knew about colors of things that he sees, in day to day life. He was taught that cabbage is light green, capsicums are dark green, cauliflower is pale white and tomatoes are big and red (or sometimes greenish red). Every 7 year old kid knows at least these basics about colours.

But when he chanced upon a big purple cabbage, a red and a yellow colored capsicum, dark green cauliflower (broccoli) he was amused. Then he also confused cherry tomatoes with Cherries, the fruit. Well not his fault….because these things had suddenly found place in our refrigerators, via the mushrooming Food Malls. So when we spotted these Exotic and weird colour combination, he was confused and I was grinning with joy, because at last I found something fancy in my basket apart from that usual boring predictable stuff that we keep buying from malls.

Now once that we were done with purchasing and storing these veggies, there was a Million dollar question about how to use the broccoli, the purple cabbage, the red and yellow capsicums and the baby tomatoes all in one dish? The obvious reply was a salad (and I did make one) but I wanted to make something more tempting with it. Since my son just refused to eat those strange colored foods, I thought, I thought, I thought, but nothing clicked my brain and taste buds.

Suddenly I remembered my visit to my in laws place few days back, where I tasted (just a bit) of some kofte in regular onion tomato curry. Those were strikingly similar to the Manchurian balls, sans the black gravy of course. So bless Mr. Graham Bell (the inventor of telephone of course), that I was able to call up my MIL and got the recipe from her.
Her recipe called for, cabbage, carrot, capsicum, grated and spiced with just salt and black pepper, bind-ed with cornflour and all purpose flour, deep fried and dumped in simple onion and tomato gravy.
Now wasn’t it so apt combination to utilize all the exotic stuff I got? And more importantly I love to camouflage the vegetables so that my kid eats his meal without any fuss.

Hence without wasting any moment I decided to go with it, of course with some twists and turns, addition and subtractions in the original recipe

Now here is the recipe of wonderful, oozing with flavors, vegetable kofta in curry


 Kofte before frying !!!

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Vegetable Kofta Curry
Healthy Vegetable kofta Curry recipe
Recipe type: Main course
Serves: 3-4
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For Kofte
  • Cabbage (green or purple any one will do) approx.100 gm (more or less will do)
  • Carrot 1
  • Capsicum (any colored) 1
  • Broccoli (or cauliflower, both optional) just 2 stalks
  • Boiled potato 1 large
  • Bread crumbs or bread slice dipped in water and squeezed out ( 4 slices)
  • Ginger garlic paste 1tspn
  • Fresh coriander leaves about 2 tsp
  • Green chilies 2-3
  • Salt
  • Black pepper powder few pinches
  • Oil for frying
For Curry
  • Onions 2 big sized
  • Tomato 1
  • Green chilies 2
  • Ginger just a bit
  • Salt
  • Turmeric powder ¼ tsp
  • Coriander powder 1 tsp
  • Garam masala powder just a bit
  • Oil 1-2 tsp
To Make Kofte
  1. Wash and pat dry every vegetable
  2. Grate cabbage, broccoli (optional), capsicum, carrot (peel and then grate)
  3. Add a bit of salt and keep these aside for about 10-15 minutes. Squeeze out the water later, but save it to add in curry.
  4. In a large bowl mix all the grated vegetables along with boiled and mashed potato, bread crumbs or bread slices dipped in water and squeezed out.
  5. Add salt (carefully coz,there is already some in veggies) pepper, green chillies (chopped or grind ed),along with ginger garlic paste and chopped fresh coriander leaves.
  6. Alternatively you can use maida and corn flour to bind the kofta mixture instead of bread and potatoes.
  7. Make small ping pong ball sized kofte with the mixtures and deep fry them , first on high flame then at lower flame, till nice golden brown in color.
  8. Drain out the excess oil on kitchen towel.
To Make Curry
  1. Peel and chop finely, 2 onions and sauté it in about 1-2 tsp of oil in a pressure cooker.
  2. Sauté till light brown in color, then add chopped tomatoes, green chillies, ginger, salt (again a bit),turmeric powder, coriander powder and stir fry properly for few minutes.
  3. Don’t let it burn or stick to the bottom of cooker.
  4. Then finally add some garam masala powder and the water squeezed out from veggies. You can add plain water, if needed.
  5. Close the lid of cooker and let the pressure release for 5 times (5-6 whistles).Put off the gas.
  6. After the pressure is released, whisk the gravy with wooden whisker to homogenize everything.
  7. Adjust the seasoning and consistency of gravy.
  8. Add the koftas in hot gravy just before serving, remember they will turn soggy too soon, and will absorb the gravy pretty fast, so don't let the koftas sit in gravy for long.
  9. Garnish with fresh coriander leaves and enjoy with roti, Naan or phulke.

Ps: I cannot let go cherry tomatoes, so I used them to garnish…Gleeeeeee


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40 thoughts on “Vegetable Kofta Curry

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  2. […] recipe is a westernized  amalgam of two very different recipes from Cooking with Sapana  and Sindhi Rasoi to whom I am so grateful. If you make these before I get home, please let me know how you like […]

  3. Just finished a plate of Vegetable Kofta at the Green Hotel in Rishikesh. Determined to make these at home, I googled and found your beautiful photos and recipe. Thank you! Can’t wait to play in the kitchen with your help.

  4. Yummy tummy

  5. is there an alternative to deep frying the veggie kofta, such grilling or baking in oven?

  6. Makes my mouth water.Thank you for sharing this recipe.Even I would like to try it.

  7. i can imagine the same scenario with my son in it!!!! Wonderful recipe!!! Love that Colorful Veggie Ball!!! Bookmarking it!!! 🙂

  8. How do I print out your recipes?

  9. Moumita Maity says:

    It’s a good recipe. I’ll try it today..

  10. bhushan sawhney says:

    The best looking koftas. Add some dried apricots in the middle, this will add fruity taste. what a beautiful looking and delicious dish

  11. Alka, I made these today and they were delicious… with mom & cook away, I keep coming here to see what I can make for lunch n dinner.. thank you for this site..

  12. Alka, something is waiting for you , kindly come and accept that. Kindly look in to my previous post and accept that too. dear.

  13. Wow! Loved the pic of the uncooked kofta. A Very tempting curry too!

  14. i can say only one word…yummmmmmmmyyyyy

  15. Alka,

    These koftas are so cute, I have bookmarked them immediately.

  16. It is a treat to eyes! so colorful! Thanks for sharing the recipe 🙂

  17. Good receipe, I will try this today today. As my little bit Know nargisi kofta is also made like this. I want to know then whats the difference between these two.

  18. Talk about beautiful food!

  19. Wow,those Koftas looks absolutely…. yummy Alka

  20. Sounds really good,I would like to try this,as this sounds great and I am bored of my usual gravies…:)

  21. Adding vegetables like cababge, broccoli and capscium to the koftas is a neat idea. A creative way to sneak in the veggies. Also loved the simple way of making the gravy.

  22. absolutely droolicious 🙂
    lovely way to get all vegetables… love your picture!

  23. Alka u are a Temptress:-) I was reading kofta but thinking manchurian when I saw the pictures. Great idea. That veggie ball looks ready to be popped in the mouth, cooked or not.

  24. good one !!!!!!!!!!!!!neat pic.

  25. Hi,
    Firsttime visitor to your blog. Loved all your recipes. I had a sindhi friend in school who used to bring lolo for lunch. I used to eat it, with her permission of course! I am so glad that i found that recipe on your blog. Check out my blog when you have the time!!

  26. beautiful pictures the cherry tomatoes are so cute!

  27. Looks lovely and so easy compared to some of the other recipes I have seen. Love the use of pressure cooker and no cream !

  28. Delicious Koftas and gravy sounds fabulous. Great looking dish Alka! :))

  29. Alka,this is a torture dear friend..What a yummy click yours!!..the Kofta looks inviting and am drooling over.

  30. lovely colours,..looks so delicious,.;-)

  31. Wowo this si the best veg kifta i have ever seen. Delicous.

  32. Must say those koftas look delicious. I prefer bread to cornflour for binding .. gives a nice flavour after being deep fried. 🙂

  33. Kofta looks delicious and lovely, your blog is mind-blowing.. 🙂

  34. Alkaji,Thanks for a mind blowing recipe. I am going to try as soon as possible. My mouth has started watering already. U r doing a grt job.
    Thanks once again.

  35. Exotic oriental veggies in an Indian kofta!! Endless possibilities in your blog:) I am sure sonny boy didn’t even know he was eating up stuff he didn’t like!! Creative way for a kofta – chip in a thanks from me to MIL:)

  36. Alka,u r torturing me:P.It looks delicious….great pic too.I think food shud taste as well as look good too,that makes it tempting.Yours is jes so perfect.Wonderful recipe!

  37. that sure looks gorgeous… yummy koftas..

  38. this is the way I like my exoctic looking woerd color vegetables I too learnt that cabbages are light green so obviously the purples once are the spoilt ones.. Well I still cant get to eat the purple cabbage hubby dear loves anything thats called vegetable does not matter what color or shape. Love the colourful koftas

  39. IT IS TOO GOOD TO KEEP temtation away
    one thing let me say which I do instead soak ing the bread which makes it bit soggy I straigt away put in choper which bindes very well because it comes dry n little corn starch

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