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Chicken Kofta In A Korma Curry With Sonals Awesome Spice Mix

Kofta Korma

Kofta Korma

I received an email, from Sonal@SimplyVegetarian777, in case you don’t know who she is PLEASE check out her blog, Sonal very generously offered to send me some of her AMAZING spice mixes. I couldn’t type fast enough because I was so excited. I have mad respect for Sonal as a cook and a blogger and am mesmerized by not just her amazing Vegetarian recipes but by her gorgeous photography as well and she absolutely blew me away with her generosity, The other day I went to my mailbox and I didn’t even have to open it because I knew it was here, the aroma that came from my mailbox was intoxicating. She sent her curry mix, a tandoori marinade and Kasuri Methi. I agonized over what to make, perusing her recipes and then I remembered a recipe she actually chose for me to make, her vegetable korma, I love korma, as a matter of fact whenever I eat at an Indian restaurant it’s what I order every single time. Instead of making it with vegetables I thought I would make small chicken meatballs or kofta, kind of like an Indian version of Swedish meatballs. I am serving this with basmati rice but it can also be served with naan or flatbread. I put my own spin on Sonal’s delicious recipe, using what I had in my pantry and refrigerator, the changes were minor and the result was amazing. I attribute this to the expert blending of the spices, I also must add that this recipe is quick and easy to make and because I used a spice mix I didn’t have to measure lots of different spices,  the work was done for me and the results could not have been more delicious.

Sonal's Spice Mix

Sonal’s Spice Mix

You MUST make note that Sonal’s awesome and delicious spice mixes will soon be available to all of us, yes she is marketing and selling her spice mixes, small batch hand mixed and utterly delicious. Keep watching her site  for more information on how to order.

Kofta 

Adapted from Sonal’s recipe for Kofta

1 lb ground chicken

1 egg

1 tbs greek yogurt

1 heaping tbs dried bread crumbs

1 tsp minced ginger

1/2 small onion minced

1 clove garlic minced

1 tbs kasuri methi

2 tbs cilantro chopped or parsley is fine too

1 tsp garam masala

salt and pepper to taste

Mix all ingredients and form into small balls which you set on parchment lined baking sheet. Heat your fry pay or skillet with some oil. Add the kofta with space in between each and fry until nicely browned on all sides. Remove from oil and place back on parchment sheet and put in warm oven (170 degree’s) until you are ready to add to the korma.

Korma Paste:

2 tbs cashew nuts soaked for 10-15 minutes in 1/4 cup warm water

2 tbs unsweetened coconut flakes (I only had sweetened and it still turned out great, not sweet at all)

2 tbs milk powder or you can use(almond milk. coconut milk, milk, soy milk) (I used half and half)

1/2 onion chopped roughly

1 small tomato (I used 6 cherry tomatoes)

1 small piece ginger (I used the equivalent of 1 tsp)

garlic 2 small or 1 big clove

Place everything in the blender and process until it’s a thick smooth paste

Look at the gorgeous color

Look at the gorgeous color

Making the Korma:
2 tbs ghee, butter or oil
1 cinnamon stick
1 bay leaf
1 1/2-2 tsp Sonal’s curry spice mix
1 1/2 cups water
Place ghee,butter or oil in a saucepan, heat on medium high until hot. Add the cinnamon stick and bay leaf and heat for a couple of minutes, add the Korma paste and cook about 5-7  minutes on medium heat, don’t brown, you want it to retain it’s yellow color. Add the curry spice mix and continue to cook for another few minutes, add the kofta and water and cook on medium high heat for about 15 minutes uncovered. It will thicken nicely. Serve with rice or naan or flat bread and maybe some pickled vegetables.
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  1. Oh boy, I have not eaten lunch yet and that looks Delicious Suzanne!! 🙂

    January 20, 2015
    • It’s so wonderful, I love the spice mix. This was my first time making Indian food well maybe 2nd time years apart and I am so thrilled with the flavor. Thanks Michael.

      January 20, 2015
  2. Suzanne–this looks beyond delicious! I’ve been on an Indian kick lately because food is often naturally gluten-free. Though by kick, I mean Seamless, not cooking. I’ve been meaning to expand my recipe box for a while now. This will be on the list, with GF breadcrumbs of course 🙂

    January 20, 2015
    • Thanks Melissa, you don’t need the breadcrumbs, Sonal’s recipe didn’t call for them. You can’t take the Italian out of me, the bread in meatball thing. Highly recommend Sonal’s spice mixes. They are amazing.

      January 20, 2015
  3. shashi @ http://runninsrilankan.com #

    “Kofta” “Korma” “Curry” – OOH All three are some of my favorite words! And you have them here ALL in ONE sentence – in ONE dish – ooh! I cannot contain myself!

    January 20, 2015
    • Thanks Shashi, I have to say this dish is so delicious, Sonal’s spicing is the best, really perfectly balanced. Thank you so much I wish I could bring you some.

      January 20, 2015
  4. Suzanne, this looks SO delicious! I’m so excited about Sonal’s new venture… and cannot wait until she starts selling her spices! You’ve made such a beautiful korma… I can almost smell the wonderful aromas coming from your photos! Lovely post! ❤

    January 20, 2015
    • Thank you it was my first ever. Never made Korma before well never really made real Indian food at all. I love it and eat it out in restaurants all the time. This was a revelation and Sonal’s spices are the very best.

      January 20, 2015
  5. This looks quite tasty

    January 20, 2015
  6. Yummy! It appears your agonizing over what to make with Sonal’s spices really paid off… this chicken kofta looks fabulous! Your photos are beautiful and make me want to dig in and have a helping (or two!). I’ve also been experimenting with the spices… the hardest part was finding the “perfect” ingredients/recipes so I don’t waste them before we can actually purchase replacements! Thanks for sharing your successful recipe!

    January 20, 2015
    • Exactly, I didn’t want to waste a single grain of the spice. I loved this dish, it was delicious and can’t wait to see what you make Nancy.

      January 20, 2015
      • If (key word, IF) I can get my rear in gear today, I’ll post what I made with the tandoori spice tomorrow. 😉

        January 20, 2015
      • Yes please!!!!

        January 20, 2015
  7. This looks so amazing, Suzanne – I haven’t had a korma in a long time and now you made me pull out my hair why not 😉 How wonderful of Sonal, to be spreading the spice-love 🙂

    January 20, 2015
    • Yes exactly, she spread the spice love, I love that!!! Thanks so much Ginger.

      January 20, 2015
  8. This looks so delicious – Indian is really one of my absolutely favourite cuisines. Lucky you getting a preview of the delicious-sounding spice mixes! 🙂

    January 20, 2015
    • Thank you, the spices are the best trying to decided what to make with the tandoori now.

      January 20, 2015
  9. Umm it does sound like good comfort food for a winter’s day. Congrats and good luck to Sonal in launching the spice business! Hugs all around. 😀

    January 20, 2015
    • Thank you, I hope she has tremendous success, but honestly her spice mix is better than anything I’ve ever had.

      January 20, 2015
  10. I love sonals recipes too and it looks like youve done an amazing job here. I think im spoilt i looked in my curry book today and nothing looks as nice as what my
    Blogger buddies cook x

    January 20, 2015
    • I know every recipe looks amazing. I am so excited for her new venture, Thanks so much.

      January 20, 2015
  11. Oh oh oh my goodness that looks fantastic! That was so generous and thoughtful of Sonal, and what a beautiful dish you made from her spices! I just want to top it with fresh cilantro and pour it straight into my mouth.

    January 20, 2015
    • Wasn’t it, I am so grateful, the spice mixes are amazing. Thank you so much Lina.

      January 20, 2015
  12. Sue #

    Hey, I am a korma freak too! And kofta. Most of my Indian food blogging friends know this, but you must have read my mind! You should write to ikea and see if they’d feature your indian meatballs and gravy! Isn’t it great, also, how you only have to use a teeny bit of Sonal’s spices and you get a flavor bomb for days? Great job, team Sonal!!

    January 20, 2015
    • Each recipe, yours, Angie’s everyone’s is amazing. I still dream about your tempeh dish, Oh my it looks so good. Thank you so much team Sonal should do a food cart if we weren’t so far apart, LOL.

      January 20, 2015
  13. Wow! This looks absolutely delicious!

    January 20, 2015
  14. Oh my!!! This looks mouthwatering. And thank you for introducing me to Sonali’s beautiful blog.

    January 20, 2015
    • Thank you, yes Sonal has a wonderful blog, you and Sonal are master spice blenders.

      January 20, 2015
  15. Just look at all of those amazing spices. OMG, I am so in love. Just look at that dish, it looks amazing.

    January 20, 2015
    • Thank you so much, I love Indian food, always wanted to make it but am shy about spicing. Sonal’s spice mixes gave me confidence to make this dish.

      January 20, 2015
  16. Some of you ladies have been so fortunate to be the be the recipient of Sonal’s spices. Was there a competition that perhaps I’d missed somewhere? Ha ha, just kidding. Your korma looks amazing Suzanne. I can’t believe this is only the second time you’ve cooked an Indian meal, by reading through your post, it seems you really had a handle on it. Delicious 🙂

    January 20, 2015
    • Thanks Loretta, I was afraid of spicing. Silly right but it’s a fear of mine or really a lack of confidence. I love Indian food and admire the spicing greatly. This is a wonderful dish and I can’t say enough about the spice mix. It really sets this dish apart and makes it special.

      January 20, 2015
  17. This looks just delicious Suzanne!

    January 20, 2015
  18. Looks amazing Suzanne! I think that is so sweet of your friend to send you all those spices…I bet the aromas were to die for! I’m not really familiar with this type of food since I never ate any growing up, so I love reading about it and seeing these beautiful spices. It was always Mexican and BBQ, hence why I always create recipes with those flavors, haha…they are my favorite by far!

    January 20, 2015
    • I know what you mean, I never tasted many different types of food when I was growing up. Italian was the mainstay and on occasion we had Chinese takeout. Never tasted any other type of food until I moved away from home and went to College. The spices are amazing, thanks Brandi.

      January 20, 2015
  19. That looks absolutely delicious. I will have to go and check out Sonal’s blog. I love Indian food but I can never quite get the right spice mix.

    January 20, 2015
    • I’m the same way. I love Indian food but shied away from making it myself because I felt intimidated by the spicing. Sonal’s spice blends really help.

      January 20, 2015
  20. Today is my blessed day Suzanne :). I am feeling so so so overwhelmed. The spices that I sent to all my blogger buddies without expecting anything in back, have come back to me as winning trophies and shining medals. You have created one heck of a dish there. Absolutely gorgeous. I plan to compile all the recipes on my spice blog soon and available as links. Thank you thank you thank you so much! Your friendship means so much to me. The idea behind creating these spice blend was to cut out the various spice steps totally and make it a “one step” spice cooking. I am registering my company as “The Spice Factory”. It will be out soon :).
    Love
    Sonal

    January 20, 2015
    • Thank you, you have to understand that as much as I love the food of India, I was terrified to make it myself and to someone who is so gifted with spicing it may sound funny but I am truly challenged when it comes to spicing and that is the hallmark of delicious Indian food, Your spice mix has enabled me to make the food I love. I have tried spice blends prepared and sold commercially, not so good. I have tried to blend my own but I am just not able to get that perfect balance you have done that for me, thank you Sonal for being the inspiration you are, I cannot wait until you open for business I want to be one of your first orders.

      January 20, 2015
      • Oh and I am so glad you like my dish. I was very nervous making it I hope I did you proud.

        January 20, 2015
      • Awwwww Suzanne :). My struggle to identify myself in the journey becomes a little easier with friends like you :). Stay blessed dear friend!

        January 20, 2015
  21. Chicken Kofta has a special place in my heart. It reminds me of when I lived 1 block away from 6th street between 1st and 2nd avenue in the East Village and would often dine on the Indian restaurant strip located there with friends. Looks great!

    January 20, 2015
    • Thanks so much Serena, I also have fond memories of dining at several restaurants on that strip also. I lived in the East Village and used to walk their all the time. Thank you so much.

      January 20, 2015
      • That’s awesome to know! Where did you live? I lived on 5th street between 2nd and 3rd avenue. And even though that area was like a zoo late into the night, my flat faced the inside courtyard and was probably the most quiet and serene place I ever lived in the 10 years I lived in Manhattan.

        January 20, 2015
      • Lower East Side, East Houston between Avenue’s A and B. I worked near NYU so I walked all over the place when I lived in the city. It was far from quiet where I was, it was fun though. I love walking around St. Marks place there was an awesome Afghan restaurant, the Indian restaurants, the pickle store, bialy store, Katz’s deli oh there was so many great places to eat.

        January 20, 2015
  22. Suzanne, you took the words out of my mouth. As much as I love Indian food, I was intimidated to put it together myself. Sonal’s fresh spices took the scare out of scary. Your recipe looks amazing, and another Indian recipe that even I could attempt.

    January 20, 2015
    • Thank you Julie, yes I was surprised at how easily it came together and Sonal’s spice mix is perfect really perfect. You only need a little bit and the flavor is intense, It’s wonderful.

      January 20, 2015
  23. Looks great, Suzanne!

    January 20, 2015
  24. This looks delicious–the spice mix you used must be amazing!

    January 20, 2015
  25. Liz #

    drooling! Love that the spice mix made it easier to get exotic flavors on the table. Love how you continue to build your blogging community 🙂

    January 20, 2015
    • Thanks so much Liz, I am not adept at spicing and the spice mix makes it easy, love it and thanks again.

      January 21, 2015
  26. Wow Suzanne you under estimate yourself-stop that! Ha. As Liz, I was drooling on my keypad!!! Winner-Winner! Your Florida Bud Cheryl
    PS Things thawing out and melting? I sent you and Prudy a bunch of Sunshine!!!

    January 20, 2015
    • Yes it is a bit the gift of sunshine sure helped!

      January 21, 2015
      • Hi Suzanne, A good friend in (Trenton) New Jersey area called and told me about the weather conditions (but you had shared with me already…), nasty, scary whenever there is ice! Glad things are beginning to improve. Stay warm, safe! Keep cooking these fabulous dishes! Your Florida Bud. Cheryl.

        January 21, 2015
      • So far so good nothing falling from the sky. They are downplaying it now at least for Brooklyn we’ll see tomorrow. I hate having to go out in the snow and it’s especially hard for Nando.

        January 21, 2015
      • Hoping the weather continues to improve. I know it is hard on you and Prince Nando in such weather! This is a silly question but do you put a doggie sweater on Nando to go out?

        January 21, 2015
      • Yes Nando has a small wardrobe of coats and sweaters my latest purchase is a down faux Canada Goose coat called Canada Pooch, has the patch on it just like Canada Goose, he has rainwear too. Protecting his paws is challenging but I recently found these great socks with rubber soles that Nando actually wears. He has neuropathy so protecting his feet is very important in the cold and icy conditions. It’s not a silly question at all.

        January 21, 2015
  27. This dish looks amazing, I can just imagine the taste 🙂

    January 20, 2015
  28. This DOES look intoxicating Suzanne– I think I can get my hands on all the ingredients except the kasuri methi!! Will you tell us when we can send for some? That bowl looks like it’s bursting with flavor!

    January 21, 2015
    • It was/is both intoxicating and the dish is bursting with flavor. The spices are so fresh you only need a little it goes a really long way, Thanks so much Rhonda.

      January 21, 2015
  29. These dishes look delicious. Even thought it’s breakfast time here I wouldn’t mind a bowl of kofta korma which would be much healthier than the scone with butter and jam that I propose to eat. 😉

    January 21, 2015
    • I would love a good scone with butter and jam and follow with a bowl of kofta. Nothing like a good fresh scone. Thank you so much.

      January 21, 2015
  30. This looks amazing!! Definitely got to have Korma tonight now!!

    January 21, 2015
  31. Korma is my favorite flavor in Indian food. Lamb korma is my go-to dish, though I do love everything else on Sonal’s blog. Kofta is such a universal staple too. What a delicious-looking bowl. I just want to dive into it now! This is seriously a craving now. I may have to get indian food for lunch!

    January 21, 2015
    • Me too, I’m like a broken record when I go to an Indian restaurant I get the same thing every time, chicken korma and saag paneer. Love them both, I want to make it again now the spices are so delicious.

      January 21, 2015
  32. Well done! It looks really good. 🙂

    January 21, 2015
  33. I love Sonal’s recipe a lot too, she learns me everything about Indian foods & new spiced, flavour combinations, etc! Your chicken Korma looks fantastic too! MMMMMMm! 😀😀

    January 21, 2015
    • I know right, Sonal is the best teacher, an amazing cook and recipe developer and now master spice blender. She’s amazing. I can’t wait to buy her spices.

      January 21, 2015
  34. Oh, how lovely of Sonal… and I wish her much success with her new endeavor. If it is from Sonal, we know it is going to be perfect! A~n~d, what you have done with it, Suzanne, is marvelous. I can almost smell your korma with kofta curry. Very aromatic post! 😀

    January 21, 2015
    • I know, it was so nice of her. I am totally in love with her spice blends. They are delicious and perfectly balanced. Thank you so much Fae.

      January 21, 2015
  35. How sweet of Sonal, she sounds like a gem! You made some delicious use out of the spice mix because this curry looks excellent 😀

    Cheers
    Choc Chip Uru

    January 21, 2015
    • Thank you so much Uru, she is a gem, truly. That spice mix is so good I am wanting to eat it every day now.

      January 21, 2015
  36. How awesome, Suzanne! What a heck of a gift box! Sounds amazing!!!

    January 21, 2015
  37. Mouth watering…looks so tempting

    January 21, 2015
  38. That’s so special… to be sent some samples of Sonal’s very own spices to try! I’m sure you’ve made her super proud with this packed-full-of-flavour dish. Love the aromas of Indian food cooking in my kitchen!

    January 21, 2015
    • Thanks Margot, it was a wonderful gift and I love the spices. The aroma is amazing.

      January 21, 2015
  39. What a special meal you made with Sonal’s spices, she must be very proud!

    January 21, 2015
    • It was such a delicious meal, I could eat it every week. Yes I think Sonal was happy I certainly was thrilled with the flavor of the Korma, the spice mix is amazing. Thanks Cheri.

      January 21, 2015
  40. Homemade spice powder is always best and when it came from Sonal’s kitchen no doubts about the taste:-)you executed it welll

    January 21, 2015
  41. That looks better than anything I’ve had in a restaurant and I think I can smell the aroma coming right out of my computer screen! Great story and great pictures, too! You and Sonal have outdone yourselves!!

    January 22, 2015
    • Thank you, it’s all about the spicing and I am very pleased with this dish.

      January 22, 2015
  42. I am hoping ti get some too!

    January 22, 2015
  43. I can’t wait to try out her spices! I love Indian food, but don’t make it too much at home. I’m now inspired, fantastic recipe!

    January 22, 2015
  44. I love, love, love indian food. This dish looks delicious. I’ll definitely be keeping an eye out for her spices.

    January 22, 2015
  45. Oh my gosh Suzanne – this looks just wonderful.

    January 23, 2015
  46. CC #

    Oh, we are so similar, Suzanne! I always order chicken korma when I go to our local Indian restaurant! It is so delicious, I could very easily overeat every single time! Your korma looks and sounds delicious, too! Lucky you having those spices sent right to your mailbox! 🙂

    January 23, 2015
    • Thats funny, it’s my favorite. I also get saag paneer every time as well. I enjoy it if someone I’m with orders something different so I can taste it, I’m a creature of habit I’m afraid. Thank you so much, yes those spices are amazing and the Korma was so easy to make.

      January 24, 2015
  47. That looks sooooo good!

    January 24, 2015
  48. Oh so good – I can feel the flavours emanating from this dish. Now I have a huge craving and have to go have Indian food 😉

    January 26, 2015
  49. I love indian food, so tasty and spicy, this is a wonderful dish!

    February 16, 2015
    • It was amazing, Sonal’s spice mix and recipe were the best. Going to be making this one over and over. Thank you so much.

      February 17, 2015

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