Spicy Courgette Koftas

Thank goodness for Madhur Jaffery. Another good way to use some of the glut of courgettes. These delicious deep fried balls, baked in a spicy tomato sauce are perfect with rice or breads and a dollop of natural yogurt.

For the koftas
3 medium courgettes – grated
½ onion – finely chopped
1 small green or red chili – finely chopped
2-3 tablespoons fresh coriander – chopped
1 teaspoon fresh ginger – finely chopped
½ teaspoon salt
About ½ cup or so gram flour
oil for deep frying

Place the courgettes in a tea towel or muslin and squeeze to get as much liquid out as possible. Now mix all the ingredients together. Heat the oil. When hot, take a small amount of the courgette mixture and squeeze into a ball – slightly smaller than a golf ball. Fry in batches for about 5-7 minutes each batch so the koftas are browned. Place on kitchen paper to cool and to remove some of the excess oil.

For the sauce
2 tablespoons sunflower oil
2 onions – finely chopped
½ teaspoon ground turmeric
a little cayenne pepper or chili powder
2 teaspoons ground cumin
1 teaspoon ground coriander
1x400g tin tomatoes
½ teaspoon garam masala
½ teaspoon salt

Heat the oil then gently fry the onions for about 7 minutes until soft and starting to brown. Now add the turmeric, cumin, cayenne and coriander and fry again for a few seconds. Now add the tomatoes. Simmer for about 10 minutes then remove from heat and blend into a smooth sauce. Add the garam masala and salt.

Place the koftas in a large ovenproof dish then pour over the sauce. Bake in the oven at 190C for 25-30 minutes until the sauce is bubbling hot.

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6 thoughts on “Spicy Courgette Koftas

  1. Spotted this on pinterest, looks so delicious! Was it from a Madhur Jaffery recipe book or online? Just wondering because I’ll like more from where this came from!

      1. Brilliant, thank you! Really enjoyed looking through your blog, I’ll let you know when I try something out!

  2. My children are not very fond of most vegetables. But these koftas with hidden courgett. They loved it. They kept saying yummy yummy…..

  3. This is the second time I have cooked this scrumptious dish! I think though you could actually double the kofta mix and still have plenty of the sauce if kept the same.

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