20 November, 2006

Palak Kofta Curry

Every weekend is a big cooking bash for us. By the time we drag ourselves from bed and have our brunch it will be past one in the noon. So we start cooking dinner in leisure and I love every moment of it. Our usual Saturday dinner is quite special and exotic Indian food and this weekend was no exception. And what else can be exotic than Koftas!!! I didn’t want to make the regular Aloo Koftas in basic onion and tomato base curry and opted Palak/Spinach as the base curry. As kofta is prepared by deep frying, I wanted to make it packed with whole lot of nutrition and nothing can beat spinach in that case. This time I went for simple, straight forward recipe which I am sharing with you all.


Palak Kofta Curry

Ingredients:
3 bunches Palak/Spinach, wahed and finely chopped
1 cup Milk
3 Onions, finely chopped
4-5 Potatoes
4 slices of Bread
1/4 cup Green Peas
1 inch Cinnamon
2-3 Green Cardamom
3-4 Cloves
2-3 Green Chillies
1 inch Ginger, minced
1 tsp Chilli Powder
1/2 tsp Turmaric Powder
1/2 tbsp Amchur/Dry Mango Powder
1 tbsp Garam Masala
1/2 tsp Kitchen King Masala
1 tbsp Cashew nuts, cut into small pieces
1 tbsp Raisins
2 tbsp Butter/Oil/Ghee
2-3 tbsp of Gram Flour
Salt to taste
Oil for deep frying

Green Green... Palak Kofta Curry

Method:
For Koftas:
Pressure cook potatoes,peel and mash thourougly.
Soak bread in water, squeeze and add to the potatoes.
Mix with finely cut onion, chillies, cooked green peas, coriander leaves, garam masala, salt, amchur powder, cashwes, raisins and small amount of finely chopped palak.
Mix well and prepare small balls.
Dip them in gram flour paste and deep fry in hot oil and keep aside.

Palak Kofta Curry

For the Gravy:
Heat a tsp of oil in a pan and fry the palak with a little sugar added to it.
Sprinkle little water if necessary.
Remove from flame after few minutes when it becomes soft.
Cool it and grind to a smooth paste.
Heat butter in a pan and add cinnamon, cloves and cradamom.
After 1 minutes add onions and fry till the turn transparent.
To this add ginger, ground palak with milk, salt, chilli powder, amchur, turmaric, kitchen king masala and garam masala.
Mix well and cook it till the gravy thickens in a medium flame.
Add Koftas just before removing from fire or while serving.
Serve hot with roties/chapaties/rice.

Golden Sun Rising from Green Mountain... Palak Kofta Curry

Final Verdict:
It looked good and tasted amazing. The golden brown Koftas in rich green curry reminded me of sun rising from Green Mountain. (Am i sounding too melodramic?;) The blandness (???) of spinach complimented the rich taste of potatoes. I made it little mild than usual as I didn’t wanted the spicy taste to dominate. One more thing i noticed was because the kofta’s were coated with thin paste of gram flour before deep frying, the amount of oil absorbed by kofta’s were comparatively less. So all together it tasted heavenly.

Stuffing of Palak Kofta Curry served with Jeera Rice

Tip:
Add sugar while frying the palak so that the green colour of palak is preserved.

Palak Kofta Curry

42 comments :

  1. Though it seems like an elaborate process, the end result looks yummy. Cannot wait to make it.

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  2. hey suppi looks yummy..i make hara bhara kabab with gravy in a very simillar way ...will post it soon...BTW nice picture again
    -
    Seema

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  3. hey chicky,
    I know what you mean taking a real easy weekend and cooking up a storm. I usually reserve that for sunday nights as saturday is always busy!
    I love the potato spinach combo. Maybe i'll try it on the weekend.
    Hey when are you leaving for Bangaluru?

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  4. Hi dear Supriya...hope you are well.. My son loves koftas..I will pass on the recipe to him. I am sure he will love it. I might try it too...~soft smile~...peace...happy cooking

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  5. Man, the palak kofta curry looks so yummy that I am practically drooling all over it!!:-)) great recipe! thanks

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  6. you sure are a great cook...a recipe almost every day, great job supriya

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  7. Beautiful!!! Aren't weekends such fun that way..to just cook up good food and enjoy it leisurely?

    Btw, I haven't forgotten your Kadhi request, am going to make it tommorow.

    Cheers,Trupti

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  8. Hi Supriya, Looks great. Good combination with rice/rotis. Tks for sharing Viji

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  9. hi lakshmiK:)
    it might look eloborate but trust me its really a very simple recipe:) so do give a try sometime:)
    cheers
    supriya

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  10. mmm seema:)
    u do that girl... will try ur hara bhara kabab:)
    cheers
    supriya

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  11. hi praveena,
    i'm leaving to india on next wednesday:) by the way my native is Mangalore:) but will be going to b'lore for big lot of SHOPPING with capital 'S';)
    cheers
    supriya

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  12. hi dilip:)
    nice to hear fm u:) hope u r doing good:) and hey i have posted aloo kofta recipe sometime back:) so pass that also to ur son:) hope he likes it:)
    cheers
    supriya

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  13. hi manjusha:)
    welcome to my blog:) are u the same manju? manjusha is a lovely name:)
    cheers
    supriya

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  14. hi nalini:)
    thanks girl:) dont just drool, try it sometime;) he he he...
    cheers
    supriya

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  15. hi sandeepa,
    thanks a lot girl:) i cant say that i'm a great cook coz i feel i'm still a novice:) but i try my best:)
    be around:)
    cheers
    supriya

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  16. hi trupti:)
    i was about to remind u about khadi recipe:) looking forward to it:) and hey when u get time plz do post okra khadi recipe also:) thanks a lot girl:)
    cheers
    supriya

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  17. hi viji:)
    thanks for dropping by:) yup...as u said its a gr8 combination with rice/roties:) do give it a try sometime:)
    cheers
    supriya

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  18. Oh you are a Mangalorean huh? Well if shopping is your intent, then shop til you drop! and dont' forget to eat at every roadside spot you can! :)

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  19. he he praveena,
    my hubby tease me all thetime saying when it comes to shopping noone can beat me;) and ahhh... my taste buds start dancing when i think of all road side yummmyyyyy foods:) cant wait to have them:)

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  20. hi supriya,
    yummy recipe. :) .
    i love green vegetables a lot. some time will give this a try, but the list is too long.... :P , don't know when it's turn will come . :))
    (p.s- thinking to celebrate next week with spinach or fenugreek as veg of week, yet not final ,but mostly i will try manage so. how abt publishing your recipe in it ? )
    take care dear
    -Pooja

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  21. hi pooja,
    if its spinach then consider me in as i already have a recipe ready:) i also have a recipe for matter palak recipe which i still have to post:) so do let me know:)
    cheers
    supriya

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  22. Hey Supriya,palak kofta looks delicious.nice photos too.

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  23. hi vini,
    thanks dear:) i have been missing u in blogs world:) guess u were quite busy... hope everything is fine at your end:)
    cheers
    supriya

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  24. Hi Supriya,

    Thanks for visiting my blog....even you got wonderful collections....I never tried koftas....recently got receipe from one of my friend..

    Now i got from you...so will try soon..one more compliment...your blog is nice which welcomes us with pleasant music...

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  25. hi usha,
    welcome to my blog dear:) thanks for dropping by... i'm glad that u liked my blog:) wish to see you often as i will be to ur wonderful blog:)
    do let me know if u try koftas...i have also posted a recipe for aloo koftas in my blog... do chk them out in ur leisure...
    cheers
    supriya

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  26. Ooh! That looks very very edible. Great pictures too. Looks like you are on a green theme with the kofta and the green pulao.

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  27. ha ha ha Gini,
    yup... u r right in this case;) 'm on go green venture:)
    thanks for stopping by:)
    cheers
    supriya

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  28. dear Supriya,
    you know what I also add sugar while cooking spinach ...
    Kofta and spinach curry is yummulicious ,great recipe Buddy.
    have a safe journey and enjoyable stay in India,and shop till drop ,have fun ...
    hugs and smiles
    Mantu

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  29. hi mantu,
    i learnt adding sugar while cooking palak from my amma:) thanks a lot girl for ur warm wishes:) and about shopping, i guess we all r alike when it comes to that topic:) he he he...
    cheers
    supriya

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  30. hmmm..yum yum yum. hey Sia, way to go. looks wonderful. Great. thnanks for the recipe.

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  31. he he he mythreyee, thanks girl... give it a shot sometime:)
    cheers
    supriya

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  32. Gorgeous pictures!!! Looks so appetizing ,can't resist trying to grab some off the plate.:)

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  33. What can I say but way to go ,Supriya! Excellent recipe and pics. You are officially not a newbie anymore but a pro:))

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  34. hi lera,
    please feel free to help urself:) thanks girl:)
    cheers
    supriya

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  35. hi asha:)
    he he... i still dont think that i fall into 'pro' catagory:)
    thanks for all ur help and support:)
    cheers
    supriya

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  36. Hi Supriya,
    so many yummy yummy dishes you prepare, you only tell me from which one I should start first, you are tempting me. Amazing photos.

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  37. sups,
    Is this your first major shopping adventure with hubby dearest? Oh this will be fun. Don't worry all men think their chick is the queen of shopping as we take more than 30 seconds to pick something!
    Come on you are starting to make me jealous! I want to go eat chaat :(((((( well atleast take pics or even better get the recipes! yummy!

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  38. hi lakshmi,
    pick ur fav veg and chose one of the recipe:) i'm so glad that u like the pics and recipe:) thanks girl:)
    cheers
    supriya

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  39. hi praveena,
    dont worry girl... will take loads of snaps and get the recipe also... actually i make 3-4 chats at home and they come out quite well... mmm... will try to make them and post recipes b4 i leave:) and regarding shopping, yipppyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy... he he he...
    cheers
    supriya

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  40. Looks yummy . I once tried a palak recipe which called for cooking the palak in water and grinding it ..
    The end result turned out a perfect cow's meal with its raw leafy smell :-( ..
    Should try your way..

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  41. It looks gr8 receipe...this is my 1st time trying ur receipe and the palak kofta for the weekend dinner party at my place...I want to try this receipe and will post my result soon....thanks

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