Quick Lamb Kofta Curry
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