Indian Chicken Kofta Masala

Chicken Kofta Masala

My love of Indian flavours is well documented here on Krumpli and these chicken kofta poached in a masala style sauce or ‘gravy’ is definitely a nod to the flavours I love so much. In reality it is meatballs and gravy, but meatballs and gravy that has had the flavour dial definitely turned up to 11, the meatballs themselves sing of fenugreek one of the real evocative flavours of Indian food and the gravy rounds it out with garlic, ginger, cumin, coriander, turmeric and of course chili. These chicken kofta are a great staple for a curry but also make the most incredible spin on a ‘meatball sub’ if you feel so inclined and the recipe from the masala sauce or gravy works really well with whole cuts of meat, it works wonders with left over roast lamb! As with all of my spicy dishes you can make this chicken kofta masala as hot or mild as you like, I personally like this one really quiet fiery so break out the lip balm if you need to.

This recipe is hitting you up just as we return from a weekend away to celebrate my wifes Birthday, we took a trip to Debrecen, the second city of Hungary and a fabulously understated city that we can visit without being overwhelmed by the noise and bustle. Hungarian food is great but it is all very one dimensional and massive when it comes to portion size so we booked to head to a fabulous restaurant that serves the rarest of things in Hungarian restaurtants, modern European food… And it was glorious, portion sizes that permitted us to eat two whole courses without feeling as though we needed to be pushed home in a hand cart. We also stayed in a pretty famous Hungarian hotel, the Arany Bika (Golden Bull), is much famed in Hungary and is a wonderful testament to the grandeur of the past, if now a little faded but a fabulous weekend was had by both of us. Although the thermal spa we stopped at on the way home on Sunday was much needed to shake off the funk from the booze we consumed on a wee pub crawl around the city on Saturday night… Go figure, a Saturday night on the tiles, now that does not happen very often any more!

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Chicken Kofta Masala

Chicken Kofta Masala, soft Indian chicken meatballs poached in a hot and spicy yet aromatic Indian gravy, fakeaway heaven.

Course Main Course
Cuisine Anglo Indian, Indian
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Servings 2
Author Brian Jones


For the Kofta

  • 100 g Onion. Finely diced.
  • 350 g Chicken. Minced.
  • 2 Garlic Cloves. Minced.
  • 25 g Fresh Ginger. Grated.
  • 1/2 Tsp Kashmiri Chili Powder.
  • 2 Tbsp Dried Fenugreek Leaves.
  • 1 Tsp Ground Cumin.
  • 1 tsp Coarse Sea Salt.
  • 1 Egg. Lightly beaten.
  • 50 g Breadcrumbs.

For the Masala Sauce

  • 100 g Onion. Roughly chopped.
  • 2 Garlic Cloves:. Peeled
  • 15 g Ginger. Peeled.
  • 2 Tbsp Ghee.
  • 2 Tbsp Tomato Puree.
  • 1 Tbsp Ground Coriander.
  • 1 Tsp Ground Cumin.
  • 1 Tsp Ground Turmeric.
  • 1 Tsp Kashmiri Chili Pepper.
  • 1/2 Tsp Ground Fenugreek.
  • 150 g Natural Yoghurt.
  • 1/2 Tsp Coarse Sea Salt.


  1. Mix together the ingredients for the kofta, wet your hands with warm water and roll into 2.5 cm balls and set aside, you should have 10 kofta.
  2. Place the garlic, ginger and onion for the sauce in a small blender with 2 tablespoons of water and blend to form a paste.
  3. Heat the ghee over a medium high heat in a large frying pan and add the onion, garlic and ginger paste and fry until golden, stirring occasionally, about 5-10 minutes..
  4. Now add the ground spices and fry for a further minute before adding in the tomato puree and frying for a further minute, stirring continuously to prevent burning.
  5. Add in the yoghurt and salt, stir to combine then turn the heat down to low and allow to cook covered for 10 minutes.
  6. Now add in 150-200ml water, you are looking to make a sauce akin to a relatively thick soup and stir until boiling.
  7. Finally add in the meatballs and allow to poach in the thick sauce for 30 minutes basting with the sauce every 10 minutes.

Recipe Notes

Serve with plain rice.

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Indian Chicken Kofta Masala


  1. Natalie | Natalie's Food & Health October 21, 2016 at 8:13 am - Reply

    It looks really delicious! Saving this for later to try 😉 Sharing!

  2. Luci October 21, 2016 at 8:59 am - Reply

    My gosh that description of the dish is stunning! Very good – I could practically taste the spices as I read it through 🙂
    Have to add as well – love the photography here!

    • Brian Jones October 23, 2016 at 7:05 am - Reply

      Thanks Luci, it certainly packs a whole bunch of wonderful flavours.

  3. David @ CookingChat October 21, 2016 at 10:16 am - Reply

    I too am a big fan of Indian flavors, this sounds wonderful!

  4. Katie Crenshaw October 21, 2016 at 10:24 am - Reply

    Oh my… these look so good! I am drooling over the pictures. I can’t wait to make these!

    • Brian Jones October 23, 2016 at 7:06 am - Reply

      Thanks Katie, I hope you enjoy as much as we do.

  5. Dannii @ Hungry Healthy Happy October 21, 2016 at 10:39 am - Reply

    We are all about Indian meals at the moment too. These look so good and I will be trying them next week!

  6. Mary * Goodie Godmother November 16, 2016 at 3:32 pm - Reply

    You’re making me want to cook all sorts of savory dishes and it’s killing my “to-do” list for holiday desserts. But this is another one I need to make once I get some ground chicken on hand. Until after Thanksgiving, preparation of the proteins is out of my hands, haha.

    • Brian Jones November 17, 2016 at 5:21 pm - Reply

      Hahahahaaaaa, I’m not very sweet as I am sure you know so savoury is definitely my bag… Aint nothing wrong with a long ‘must cook list’, mine is slightly longer than War and Peace 😮

  7. Kylee from Kylee Cooks March 6, 2017 at 4:14 pm - Reply

    Hey, Brian – as you know, I made this last night. It was DIVINE. Absolutely perfect and one of the most delicious things to come out of my kitchen. That’s saying a lot! Thanks for the recipe!

    Everyone else? go ahead and try this. it really does taste as amazing as the pictures.

    • Brian Jones March 6, 2017 at 5:18 pm - Reply

      Thanks Kylee, so glad you enjoyed it, thanks for adding even more confusion to the World of food this afternoon… It would seem the Brits, Kiwis, Aussie and Americans really are nations separated by the same language 😉 😀

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