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Kashmiri Kofta Curry (Mutton)

Nasima Singh
60 minutes
Prep Time
120 minutes
Cook Time
5 People
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ABOUT Kashmiri Kofta Curry (Mutton) RECIPE

A dish that I grew up relishing with each passing year. This is my mom's recipe and I am biased and I think no one can make it better than her. They are so mouthwatering, that I can eat half of these from a plate while frying. I have to practice a lot of restraint when making this recipe. I am already salivating since I am posting it here :) and the guests can never have enough of this yummy and extremely flavourful dish.

Recipe Tags

  • Non-veg
  • Medium
  • Jammu and Kashmir
  • Frying
  • Main Dish

Ingredients Serving: 5

  1. Ingredients for the Koftas:
  2. 1 Kg - Mutton Mince - (Not very finely minced, a little coarse mince works better)
  3. 2 No.s eggs
  4. 10-12 Badi Ealichi grains only / Black cardamom (this is the most important spice of this dish)
  5. salt - as per taste
  6. 3/4 tsp - Haldi / turmeric
  7. 1 tsp heaped - Red Chilli Powder (you can increase or decrease the quantity depending on your preference for heat)
  8. 1/2 tsp heaped - Garam masala
  9. oil for deep frying the koftas
  10. Ingredients for the Curry / Gravy:
  11. 6 No.s - Large onions (lightly sauted and then made into a paste)
  12. 6 No.s - Large tomatoes (make a puree in a mixie)
  13. 1 Whole Bulb of garlic (make it into a paste)
  14. 1 Large Knot of ginger (make it into a paste)
  15. 2 tbsp - coriander Powder
  16. 1 1/2 tbsp - Red Chilli Powder
  17. 1/2 tsp - Haldi / turmeric Powder
  18. 2-3 bay leaves
  19. 4-5 Black cardamom / Badi Elaichi (whole pods, slightly pounded to open up the pods)
  20. salt as per taste
  21. Oil for frying the masala


  1. For the Koftas: Wash the mince and leave it to drain in a colander.
  2. Remove moisture by squeezing it out using your hands.
  3. Once the moisture has been drained, mix all ingredients (to be used for Koftas), except oil for frying and mix well.
  4. Make mince balls using delicate hands, do no press hard, just gently bring the mince together.
  5. Heat oil in a deep wok and when hot, deep fry the koftas. Keep adjusting the flame and alternating between high and low flame.
  6. When cooked completely, remove the koftas and keep aside
  7. For the Gravy:
  8. In the wok, take oil and crackle some badi elaichi and bay leaves.
  9. Add onion paste and fry very well. Later add ginger-garlic paste and cook.
  10. Ensure that the raw smell of ginger-garlic goes away and the mixture should turn slightly brownish.
  11. Add the dry masalas like Red Chilli Powder, Coriander Powder, Haldi, Garam Masala and saute for a few seconds.
  12. Add the tomato puree and cook, till the cooked masala leaves out oil, add 3 glasses of water for the gravy and let it boil for a few minutes
  13. You can adjust the amount of water as per your liking - thick or thin gravy.
  14. When the gravy comes to a boil, add the fried koftas and let them simmer in the gravy for at least 5-7 minutes for the koftas to release its juices and impart flavour to the gravy.
  15. Garnish with fresh coriander and enjoy with plain rice.

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Sanjay Khar
Sanjay Khar   Feb-25-2019

Maybe delicious but definitely not a Kashmiri dish. We don't use garlic and onion moreover Kashmiri kofta is oblong not round. The round one is "goli"

Joy Singh
Joy Singh   Aug-24-2016

delicious recipe...I jst hav a question would da koftas separate at ne time

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