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Chotte Kofta (Spicy Mini Meatballs, Indian style!)

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This delicious and versatile recipe is a snap to make and treat to eat!
  Ground chicken/Ground turkey or lamb 2 Pound
  Garlic cloves 2 Large, finely minced
  Fresh ginger 1⁄2 Inch, finely minced (peeled)
  Onion 1 Medium, finely diced
  Ground cumin 2 Teaspoon
  Ground coriander 1 Teaspoon
  Garam masala 2 Teaspoon
  Red chili powder 1 Teaspoon
  Crushed red chili flakes 1 Teaspoon
  Lime 1⁄2 , juiced
  Egg 1 Large, beaten
  Canola oil/Vegetable oil 2 Tablespoon
  Cilantro leaves 4 , chopped
  Salt To Taste
  Pepper To Taste

In a large mixing bowl, thoroughly combine all the ingredients and refrigerate for at least 1 hour (longer is better). Then form 20 uniformly shaped balls, which are then slightly flattened (making a small round even shaped disc). Set aside until needed.

In a large frying pan on high heat, add 1-2 tbsp. of oil. When the oil is hot, carefully add the patties, making sure not to overcrowd the pan (this may be done in batches). After 2-3 minutes, flip them and reduce the heat to medium. They should have a lovely golden brown color. After an additional 2 minutes cover the pan for 2-3 minutes so they will cook all the way through. Drain if needed and serve hot with a spicy tomato sauce or your favorite chutney.

If you wish to make kofta curry, simply make your favorite curry and add them at the end. Simmer for 10 minutes on low and serve.

Recipe Summary

Difficulty Level: 
Main Dish
Preparation Time: 
15 Minutes
Cook Time: 
5 Minutes
Ready In: 
20 Minutes
Chotte Kofta, which translates into Spicy Mini Meatballs, is a delicious Indian dish with distinct Middle Eastern and Persian influences. This dish is just perfect for entertaining and always a big hit with both adults and kids alike. These delicious bite sized koftas can be served with a variety of sauces and chutneys as an appetizer or they can be added to your favorite curry and eaten with hot rotis or naans and fragrant Basmati rice. These tasty treats are fun and easy to prepare. They can be made in advance and reheated in a low oven just before serving. I am sure your friends and family will enjoy eating them as much as mine do. Koftas can also be made with seafood (such as fish, shrimp or combinations of the two). There are also many vegetarian versions of koftas, the most popular dish being Malai Kofta. They can be made from cauliflower, spinach, cabbage, paneer or a variety of mixed vegetables; the combinations and possibilities are endless. The vegetarian koftas are equally delicious, I encourage you to try them all and decide your favorite version of kofta.

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