We just LOVE this recipe from member David Shea: this is our tweaked version of the one he sent us, we added orange zest! Koftas are fried dumplings in a variety of spicy sauces. The dumplings can be made using a variety of vegetables and some popular ones are cabbage, laucki (bottle guord), zucchini, or a potato-paneer mix. This particular recipe uses cabbage.
2 cup shredded cabbage
3/4 cup flour (or more as needed)
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin seed
2 teaspoon chopped fresh cilantro
1 teaspoon grated fresh ginger
1 chopped green chili
1 Tablespoon Orange Zest
1 teaspoon salt
Oil to fry
3 medium tomatoes
1/2 inch grated ginger
1 green chili finely chopped
2 tablespoons yogurt
2 tablespoons oil
Pinch of Garlic Powder
1 teaspoon ground cumin seed
1 tablespoon flour
1/2 teaspoon turmeric
1/2 teaspoon salt (adjust to taste)
1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
2 tablespoon finally chopped cilantro
1 teaspoon sugar
To prepare koftas:
- Mix together all the kofta ingredients. Adjust flour as needed to make a texture of very soft dough. Note: make this mix just before you are ready to fry the kofta otherwise it will become watery. Heat the oil in a frying pan on medium-high heat.
- The frying pan should have at least 1½ inch of oil. To check if the oil is ready, just put one small piece of the mix in the oil, it should sizzle and come up right away. Slowly drop about 1 tablespoon of the dumpling mixture into the frying pan one at a time.
- Fry the koftas in small batches, avoid crowding the frying pan. Turn the koftas occasionally. Fry the koftas until they turn golden-brown all around.
To prepare sauce:
- Blend the tomatoes, green chilies and ginger to make a puree. If you prefer a milder version, take the seeds out of the green chili before blending. Add the garlic, cumin and flour, mix well in a saucepan. Add the tomato puree, coriander powder, turmeric, paprika, and cook on medium heat until the sauce reduces to about half in quantity.
- Next add yogurt and cook for another minute. Add about 1 cup water and the salt. As it comes to boil reduce the heat to medium-low and let the gravy cook for few minutes.
Note: adjust the thickness of the gravy to your taste by adjusting the water. Add the prepared koftas and let it simmer for another 7 to 8 minutes. Turn off the heat add the cilantro and cover until serving with rice.
Recipe serves 4-6.