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Bengali meatball curry in a yoghurt based sauce

Bengali meatball curry in a yoghurt based sauce

Bengali meatball curry in a yoghurt based sauce

‘Kofta’ basically means meatballs and ‘korma’ is a style of curry cooked with yoghurt.  Yes, there can be vegetable kofta as well, but my recipe below is made with ground beef. Please feel free to substitute with lamb or chicken, I find vegetable kofta to be different, so I am not sure this recipe would work for making that.

As per my explanation above, since there is kofta and curry, this recipe has to be prepared in two different parts. First the meatballs need to be prepared and then it is gently, simmered in the sauce. In Bangladesh, when they make the kofta, they usually fry them but as you know I am not fond of deep frying food, so I have baked the kofta in the oven and then added it to the curry. These koftas can be eaten alone, if you don’t want to go through the trouble of making the curry. Hope you enjoy this!! 🙂


Kofta (Meatballs) Korma
500g Ground Beef 1 Cup Onion (thinly sliced)
3 Slices of Bread 2 Tsp Ginger (minced)
1 Egg 1 Tsp Garlic (minced)
1 Small Onion (minced) 2 Tsp Coriander Powder
½ Cup Fresh Cilantro (minced) ½ Cup Yoghurt
½ Tsp Green Chili Pepper (minced) 2 Tsp Sugar
2 Tbsp Ginger (minced) 2 Cinnamon Sticks
½ Tsp Red Chili Powder 3 Cardamom pieces
1 Tbsp Coriander Powder 2 Tbsp Rose Water
1 Tsp Black Pepper Powder Salt to taste
2 Tsp Sugar
1 Tsp Lemon Juice
Salt to taste


To make the marinade/mixture for the meatball, Mix all the ingredients from the egg to salt together in a blender.

coriander mixture

Place the mixture in a bowl, large enough to add the ground beef too.

meatball mixture with bread

Dip the slices of bread in water, and immediately wring it dry. Then mix with the rest of the marinade.

Now mix in the ground beef with this mixture. Mix well together and make 16 meatballs.

Preparing meatballs

Place on a greased baking sheet.

Pre-heat oven to 400 F. Bake for 15-20mins.

Time to make the curry for the meatballs!

Heat up a karahi or a wok with some oil.

Add the sliced onions, and fry for a few minutes until they are slightly browned.

Onions and spices

Add in the cinnamon, cardamom, coriander, garlic and ginger and stir for a minute or so.

Then add in a cup of water and stir to form a nice curry. Stir and mix this curry for  at least 5 minutes and upto 10 minutes.

meatball in sauce

Now add in the yoghurt, meatballs, salt, sugar, rose water and mix well. Make sure not to break the meatballs though.

Cover the wok and simmer the kofta korma for 10-15 minutes.

Meatballs in korma sauce

Serve hot with some rice or naan bread.