• 1/12 lbs. Mince (hamburger meat, medium lean)
  • 2 tbsps cooking oil
  • 1 can Coconut milk (or 1 1/2 tbsps creamed coconut)
  • 6 whole cloves, 3 whole cardamoms, 3" stick of cinnamon, broken into pieces,
    8 whole peppercorns


For the Koftas

  • 1 1/2 onions chopped very fine
  • 1 egg beaten
  • 1 slice of bread, crumbled, or 2 tbsps. Bread crumbs
  • 1 1/2 tsps each of clove powder, cinnamon powder and pepper
  • Salt to taste

For the gravy: Blend with water to make a thick paste of the following spices

  • 2 tbsps cumin powder
  • 1 tbsp coriander powder
  • 1 tsp tumeric
  • 1 1/2 tsps paprika (alternatively use chilli powder or ground chillies for spicier gravy)
  • Salt to taste


  • Mix the kofta ingredients into the mince, and shape into small 1" diameter balls.
  • Fry the onions, add the whole cloves, cardamoms, cinnamon, peppercorns and fry briefly.
  • Add the gravy spices and stir vigorously.
  • Add the kofta balls, a few at a time, add a little water (enough to cover the koftas) at a time and allow to simmer on medium heat until they "set", turning gently from time to time. If the cooking pot gets over-crowded, gently remove the koftas and set aside, before putting in a new batch, with more water.
  • After all the koftas are cooked, return them to the cooking pot, and add in the coconut milk. If the gravy is too thick, add just a little water to thin. Allow this to come to a boil, and then remove from the heat.
  • Garnish with chopped tomatoes, if desired.

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