Monday, 16 November 2015


I have seen preparing kofta with the simplest of vegetables adds a zing to the dish. Earlier kofta was not so common at Bengali homes. We perhaps have hired the idea of preparing kofta from northern India. I love it, sharing food habits is also a kind of bonding among souls within a country. A vast country like ours needs to bond at all levels.... social, political, cultural. Standing at present, I think we have become more adaptive to each other. Our ethnicity and nationality can go together without been a threat to each other.

With all these feelings strong in my heart, I love cooking dishes belonging to different states or regions of India. I did not follow any recipe while  cooking this Muli/Radish Kofta Curry. I just did it the way I felt will appeal to the taste bud of all.. The thickness of the gravy is from the peanut paste I have used. It is a no onion, no garlic recipe. Let us proceed with the recipe,

INGREDIENTS :[for the kofta]
Radish : 2medium
Gram Flour : 2tbsp
Refined Flour : 1tbsp
Nigella Seeds[kalonji] : 1/4tsp
Green Chilli : 2
Coriander Leaves : 1sprig
Salt : As required
Turmeric Powder : 1/2 tsp
Oil : 50ml[to fry]

INGREDIENTS :[for the curry]
Ginger Paste : 1tbsp
Roasted Peanut Paste : 1tbsp
Cumin Powder : 1tsp
Coriander Powder : 1/2 tsp
Chilli Powder : 1tsp
Turmeric Powder : 1tsp
Cinnamon Powder : 1pinch
Cardamom Powder : 1pinch
Cumin Seeds : 2pinches
Bayleaf : 1
Sugar : 1/2tsp[optional]
Oil : 1tbsp

Peel, wash and shred the radish. Boil in enough water for 5 minutes. Let cool, drain the water. Squeeze very nicely and take in a bowl.

Wash and chop the coriander leaves and green chilli. Add the coriander leaves, green chilli, gram flour, refined flour, salt, turmeric, nigella seeds to the boiled radish. Mix well and shape into balls.

Heat oil in a wok and fry them till light brown. Place them on a tissue paper to drain the excess oil.

Now keep only 1tbsp oil in the wok. Temper with cumin seeds and bayleaf. Add the ginger paste and saute for a minute. Add the peanut paste and saute for 2 minutes.

Add salt, turmeric, cumin powder, coriander powder, chilli powder and stir for 1/2 a minute. Add 1small cup water. As it comes to boil, add the kofta balls. Cover cook for 3-4 minutes. Add sugar, Cinnamon and cardamom powder and boil for 1/2 a minute. Its done.

Enjoy hot with rice or roti.

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