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Royal Kofta Meatballs

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Ingredients
  Chopped lean beef 2 Pound
  Plain yogurt 1 1⁄4 Cup (20 tbs)
  Salt 1 1⁄2 Teaspoon
  Finely chopped parsley 2 Tablespoon
  Fresh root ginger 1 Inch, cut into small pieces
  Garlic 6 Clove (30 gm)
  Lemon juice 4 Tablespoon
  Cayenne pepper 1 1⁄2 Teaspoon
  Turmeric 1⁄4 Teaspoon
  Ground coriander 1⁄4 Teaspoon
  Vegetable oil 1 Cup (16 tbs)
  Onions 3 Medium, peeled and chopped
  Bay leaves 6 , crumbled
  Cloves 12
  Saffron 1 1⁄4 Pinch (Large Pinch)
Directions

Mix the chopped beef, 1/4 cup of the yoghurt, 1 teaspoon of the salt, and the parsley together and set aside.
Combine the ginger, 3 of the chiles, garlic cloves, and half the lemon juice in a food processor to make a paste.
Transfer the paste to a bowl and add the cayenne pepper, turmeric, and ground coriander.
Place the meat mixture in a food processor and add the remaining lemon juice and 2 remaining chiles.
Process until fairly fine.
Form the mixture into 1 1/2-inch balls.
Heat the oil in a large, thick-bottomed saucepan.
Brown the onions over medium heat, stirring, then add bay leaves and cloves.
Add reserved paste to the hot browned onions, together with 1 1/4 cups hot water and the rest of the salt; cook for 10-15 minutes over low heat.
Add the rest of the yoghurt and cook for 5 more minutes.
Carefully add the meatballs to the sauce.
They should be nearly submerged.
Add the saffron.
Cover and cook slowly for 1 1/2 hours.
The meatballs should not break, but if some of them do, they will still taste fine.
If you want to turn them, use a wooden spoon and do so gently.
Serve with Basmati Pilaf and Lemon Lentils.

Recipe Summary

Difficulty Level: 
Easy
Cuisine: 
Indian
Course: 
Main Dish
Method: 
Stewed
Ingredient: 
Beef
Interest: 
Party
Servings: 
8

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