The name of this kofta (meatball) curry was inspired by one of Aaliyah’s favourite children’s TV shows at the time, and for obvious reasons – big kofta are for adults and older children, smaller kofta are for toddlers. Make these kofta with whichever lean minced meat of your choice, either way they will be precious balls of protein rich goodness.

Serves a family of 4

Takes 40 Minutes



  • 500g (lib 2oz) chicken/lamb
  • mince
  • 2 tsp minced garlic
  • 1 1/2 tsp ground garam masala
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1/2 tsp ground turmeric
  • 4 fresh green chillies- stems
  • removed, washed, pounded
  • (optional)
  • 1 tsp salt (optional)

Curry sauce:

  • 75ml (3ft oz) olive oil
  • 1 onion – peeled, chopped
  • 2 (each) whole cloves, black
  • peppercorns and cinnamon
  • sticks
  • 1 whole cardamom pod – black
  • 1/2 tsp each minced ginger and
  • garlic
  • 1/4 tsp ground turmeric
  • 3/4 tsp each ground cumin and
  • coriander
  • 1 tsp ground paprika
  • 1 x 400g (14oz) tin chopped
  • tomatoes
  • Salt, to taste (optional)
  • Red chilli powder, to taste (optional)
  • Fresh coriander, for garnish – washed, chopped



In a bowl, place the mince, garlic and all the spices and combine well. Remove 10og (3V2oz) serving for baby and roll into 1cm (V2in) balls. Set aside. Add the green chillies and salt (if using) to the remaining mince and combine well. Roll into larger balls. Set aside.

Curry Sauce:

Heat the oil in a large pot, add the onion, cloves, peppercorns, cinnamon sticks and cardamom pod and stir-fry on medium until the onions are browning. Add the ginger, garlic and remaining spices and stir-fry for a few sees, then add the tomatoes. Stir and cook the sauce for a few mins, then turn to low heat and add all the kofta balls gently. Simmer (covered) on low heat for 20-25 mins until the kofta are thoroughly cooked, stirring gently halfway through.

Taken from Easy Indian Super Meals by Zainab Jagot Ahmed