Quick Lamb Kofta Curry

Dish - Everyday Dish - - Mains -

This aro­matic, warm­ing curry takes no time at all when us­ing lamb mince for the ten­der kofta. Pur­chased spice pastes are a great store-cup­board es­sen­tial and make a quick fullflavoured base for this great fam­ily meal.

Garam masala: see Glos­sary page 138

Kofta: Put all the in­gre­di­ents in a large bowl and sea­son gen­er­ously. Use your hands to mix ev­ery­thing to­gether un­til the lentils are re­ally well com­bined with the mince. Form into 16 small logs about 6cm long.

Heat a lit­tle olive oil in a sauté pan and brown the kofta on all sides. Do this in batches if nec­es­sary. Trans­fer to a plate. Don’t wash the sauté pan.

Sauce: Add the olive oil to the pan if needed and cook the onion with a good pinch of salt for 5 min­utes. Stir in the gar­lic, spices, paste and the wa­ter. Bring to the boil then sim­mer for 5 min­utes. Add the toma­toes and co­conut cream and bring back to the boil. Sim­mer for 5 min­utes then add the kofta and any juices and sim­mer for another 5 min­utes or un­til the kofta are fully cooked.

To serve: Spoon the kofta and sauce over hot rice and top with gar­nishes of choice. Serves 4–6

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