April 11, 2023

Lamb Kofta in Tomato Curry




Marinated American lamb chops with rosemary & garlic on a plate


  • 6 pounds ground American Lamb
  • 4 eggs, beaten
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 3 cups bread crumbs
  • 12 ounces onion, small dice
  • 1-1/2 tablespoons ginger, grated
  • 3 tablespoons garlic, minced
  • 2 tablespoons parsley, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon allspice
  • 1 tablespoon cinnamon
  • 2 teaspoons black pepper
  • 3 teaspoons salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 3 pints Sauce Tomato Curry (recipe follows) 

Sauce Tomato Curry:

  • 1/4 cup canola olive oil blend
  • 1 pound onion, chopped
  • 4-1/4 ounces garlic, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon turmeric
  • 1 tablespoon cumin
  • 2 tablespoons cinnamon
  • 2 tablespoons ginger
  • 2 teaspoons cayenne pepper
  • 1 tablespoon paprika
  • 2 pounds tomato puree
  • 2 teaspoons cilantro, chopped
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 cup yogurt, fresh plain
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1 teaspoon salt


In a bowl, combine eggs and cream; mix with bread crumbs. Refrigerate 1 hour. 

In a separate bowl, mix lamb, onion, ginger, garlic, parsley, cumin, allspice, cinnamon, pepper, salt and nutmeg together; knead well. Add in egg mixture; knead well. Refrigerate for 1 hour. 

Form the mixture into 2-ounce balls; place on a sheet tray. Bake at 325°F to an internal temperature of 155°F. 

For the Sauce Tomato Curry: In a stockpot, heat the oil. Add onion; sauté until translucent. Add garlic, turmeric, cumin, cinnamon, ginger, pepper and paprika; sauté briefly. Add tomato puree; simmer until the tomato puree reduces to half of its volume. The tomato reduction should be thick and have begun to stick to the bottom of the pan but should not scorch. 

Place the mixture in a blender; puree until smooth. Return to the pan; stir in cilantro. Add water to reconstitute; bring to a simmer. Add cream and yogurt. Season with salt; adjust seasoning as desired. 

To serve: Toss the cooked meatballs with the sauce.

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