Kofta curries are my favourite and I prefer them any day. By the koftas are fried pakoras balls simmered in spicy gravy and there many variations of making it. I made lauki kofta in curd gravy and I got some nice response there. I have tried making the royal paneer koftas too (which is my much-loved dish). This time I attempted making koftas using cabbage and I find it irresistible now. As inexpensive as cabbage is, it is one of the richest when it comes to protective vitamins.
Grated cabbage is mixed with little gram flour and spices which in turn produces crispy pakoras. Later these fried pakoras are immersed in hot and spicy tomato gravy. Now, Mr. Husband is not a very huge fan of cabbage, so I fooled him saying that those were lauki koftas and he relished every bite. Ofcourse I did tore the veil later and he smiled and said- really? You must make them often *happy dance*. So, If like me you are bored making same cabbage dry subzi then you have to give this dish a shot.
2 cup shredded cabbage /patha gobhi
3/4 cup gram flour or as needed
1/2 teaspoon cumin seed /jeera
2 teaspoon chopped coriander/hara dhania
1 teaspoon shredded ginger/adrak
1 chopped green chilli/hari mirch
1 teaspoon salt
Oil to fry
3 medium tomatoes
1/2 inch ginger/adrak
5 cloves garlic/lehsun
1 green chilli
2 tablespoon yogurt
2 tablespoon oil
1 teaspoon cumin seed /jeera
1 tablespoon gram flour/basen
1 tablespoon coriander powder/dhania
1/2 teaspoon turmeric /haldi
1/2 teaspoon salt -adjust to taste
1/4 teaspoon red pepper powder/lal mirch
2 tablespoon finally chopped coriander/hara dhania
1 teaspoon sugar
Mix together all the kofta (dumpling) ingredients. Adjust gram flour as needed to make a texture of very soft dough.
Heat the oil in a frying pan on medium-high heat.
Check if the oil is ready, just put one small piece of the mix in the oil, it should sizzle and come up right away.
Slowly drop about 1 tablespoon of the dumpling mixture into the frying pan one at a time.
Fry the koftas in small batches.Turn the koftas occasionally. Fry the koftas until they turn golden-brown all around.
Blend the tomatoes, green chillies, garlic, onions and ginger to make a puree.
Heat the oil in a saucepan on medium-high. Add the asafoetida, cumin seeds and gram flour.Stir for minutes.
Add the tomato puree, coriander powder, turmeric, and cook on medium heat until the tomato mixture starts leaving the oil and reduces to about half in quantity.
Next add yogurt and cook for another minute.
Add about 1½ cups of water and the salt. As it comes to boil reduce the heat to medium-low and let the gravy cook for few minutes.
Add the prepared koftas and let it simmer for another 7 to 8 minutes.
Turn of the heat and add the coriander and cover the pot.
Make the dumpling mix just before you are ready to fry the koftas otherwise it will become watery.
Just omit garlic and onion if you don’t like in the gravy.
Spicy, soft and hot