Chicken Meatballs Curry or Chicken Kofta Curry

Chicken meatballs curry served in a bowl
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When I am bored of preparing the regular chicken curry and in need of a variation then this Chicken Kofta Curry or Chicken Meatballs Curry is my go to recipe.

“Kofta” is also known as meatball. Adding kofta into a curry is a great combination which can be eaten either with rice or roti or bread.

I have been recently diagnosed with multiple allergies as opposed to the dairy allergy that I have been suffering from more than a year. Hence this recipe is a blessing for all you dairy, nut, soy allergy sufferers.

I have made this dish using rice bran oil. In the past I have used sunflower cooking oil. Hence you can use any cooking oil that you have been using otherwise.

There is one thing I totally insist you to use is a tomato paste sachet. It helps make the gravy thick along with giving it a great colour. I have used the below one from Al Mudhish which is available in my local grocery store.

Tomato paste packet
Tomato Paste from Al Mudhish

Making the Chicken Kofta / Meatball

When it comes to making the Kofta / Meatball there are different ways to make it. Some deep fry it. However in this recipe I have pan fried it with very little oil until its golden in color so that it doesn’t break in the curry and retains its shape.

I have also not used any binding agent as the meatballs did not break at all. However if it does and if you are not allergic to eggs then you can mix the egg white of one egg into the chicken mixture before forming the meatballs.

Hence I always recommend to make 2 or 3 meatballs first to check if it comes out well or if it requires any adjustments.

If you like this chicken meatballs curry recipe or have tried it then do give your feedback and rating in the comments section of this post.

Chicken meatballs curry in a bowl

Chicken Kofta Curry or Chicken Meatballs Curry

Chicken Meatballs (Kofta) Curry is delicious and rich in taste which is suitable for dairy, nut and soy allergy sufferers.
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 1 hr 30 mins
Making Kofta (Forming and Frying) 20 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine Indian
Servings 4 People


  • Mixer Grinder
  • Cooking Pot
  • Frying Pan


For Chicken Kofta

  • 3 Boneless chicken breasts
  • 1 small Onion roughly chopped
  • 2 Green Chillies roughy chopped
  • cup Coriander Leaves roughly chopped
  • 4 springs Mint Leaves roughly chopped
  • 2 tbsp Ginger Garlic Paste
  • 1 tsp Garam Masala Powder
  • 1 tsp Cumin Powder
  • 1 ½ tsp Coriander Powder
  • 1 tsp Red Chilli Powder
  • Salt as per taste
  • 2 tbsp Oil

For Curry

  • 2 medium Onions cut length wise
  • ½ medium Tomato cut finely
  • 2 tbsp Shredded Coconut
  • 70 grams Tomato paste sachet
  • 2 tsp Kasuri Methi
  • 1 Bay Leaf
  • 1 Black Cardamom
  • 2 Green Cardamom
  • 3 Cloves
  • 1 tbsp Ginger Garlic Paste
  • 1 tsp Red Chilli Powder
  • ¼ tsp Turmeric Powder
  • 2 tsp Coriander Powder
  • 1 tsp Cumin Powder
  • 1 tbsp Tamarind soaked in warm water
  • Salt as needed
  • 3 tbsp Oil


Chicken Kofta

  • Wash and clean the chicken after that roughly cut it into pieces and set aside.
    3 Boneless chicken breasts
  • In a mixer grinder grind coarsely all the ingredients other than the chicken pieces. Remove it in a bowl.
    1 small Onion, 2 Green Chillies, ⅓ cup Coriander Leaves, 4 springs Mint Leaves, 2 tbsp Ginger Garlic Paste, 1 tsp Garam Masala Powder, 1 tsp Cumin Powder, 1 ½ tsp Coriander Powder, 1 tsp Red Chilli Powder, Salt as per taste
  • Now grind the chicken pieces in the same jar. Once done, in the same jar along with the chicken add the earlier ground ingredients give it a good spin until all is smooth and well combined.
    3 Boneless chicken breasts
  • After greasing your palm and fingers with oil, form small shape balls (size of a table tennis ball) and set it aside on a plate.
  • Now in a frying pan on a slow flame add a little oil and add some of the chicken balls. Do not over crowd the pan. Cook on all sides until it is slightly golden brown in colour. Once done remove on a plate and set aside
    This process helps in keeping the Kofta from breaking in the curry.
    2 tbsp Oil
  • In a cooking pot on medium flame add 1.5 tbsp oil. Saving half the amount for later use.
    3 tbsp Oil
  • Then add chopped onions and fry until it’s translucent. Do not brown.
    2 medium Onions
  • Now add the chopped tomato and tomato paste and cook until the tomato gets soft.
    ½ medium Tomato, 70 grams Tomato paste sachet
  • Add the shredded coconut and cook for 3 mins.
    2 tbsp Shredded Coconut
  • Switch of the flame and transfer the above in a bowl. Allow it to cool. After it has cooled grind it into a smooth paste adding very little water.
  • In the same cooking pot on medium flame add oil. Once it’s hot add bay leaf, black cardamom, green cardamom and cloves.
    1 Bay Leaf, 1 Black Cardamom, 2 Green Cardamom, 3 Cloves
  • Add ginger garlic paste and fry until raw smell goes away
    1 tbsp Ginger Garlic Paste
  • Add the earlier ground curry paste and fry for 5 mins adding little water at a time.
  • Now add the powder masalas and keep frying adding little water at a time until the oil starts to separate.
    ¼ tsp Turmeric Powder, 2 tsp Coriander Powder, 1 tsp Cumin Powder, 1 tsp Red Chilli Powder
  • Add 1 glass water and bring to boil. Then carefully place all the koftas in the curry. Make sure they are submerged to the top. Add more water if needed.
  • Add kasuri methi (dried fenugreek leaves) and tamarind water. Add salt as per taste
    2 tsp Kasuri Methi, 1 tbsp Tamarind, Salt as needed
  • Cover and cook it until the chicken is cooked thoroughly. It will take around 20 mins on slow flame.
  • Finally garnish with coriander leaves and serve with rice, roti or bread.


  • If you need help with any Herb or Spice listed in this recipe then refer to the guide: List of Herbs and Spices
  • You can use tamarind paste. But don’t add to much as it is used to get the right amount of sourness in the curry.

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