Easy Vegetarian Kofta Curry Recipe

"My mother-in-law is Indian and let me in on a secret: The vegetable balls from IKEA® make for a great and ridiculously easy vegetarian kofta curry. This is ready in just about 30 minutes, making it perfect for a weeknight. Serve with basmati rice."


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  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 teaspoon cumin seeds
  • 3 green cardamom pods
  • 2 whole cloves
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1/2 onion, grated
  • 1 (2 inch) piece ginger root, peeled and grated
  • 1 clove garlic, crushed
  • 1 (14.5 ounce) can diced tomatoes
  • 1 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground turmeric
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon garam masala
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper (optional)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt, or to taste
  • 1/4 cup whole milk yogurt
  • 24 frozen meatless vegetable meatballs (such as IKEA®’s frozen vegetable balls)
  • 1/4 cup hot water, or as needed
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    1. Heat olive oil and butter in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add cumin seeds, cardamom pods, whole cloves, cinnamon stick, and bay leaf. Cook until spices start to sputter, about 1 minute. Stir in onion, ginger, and garlic. Cook and stir until onion is softened and just starting to brown, about 5 minutes.
    2. Stir in diced tomatoes, coriander, turmeric, cumin, garam masala, cayenne, and salt. Bring mixture to a gentle simmer; add yogurt and stir well. Add frozen vegetable balls. Pour in hot water to thin sauce slightly to desired consistency. Bring mixture back to a simmer and cook, covered, until sauce is thickened and vegetable balls are heated through, 10 to 15 minutes.


    • Cook’s Notes:
    • The vegetable balls from IKEA® are vegan, so you can easily make this a vegan curry by using just oil instead of butter and using coconut cream instead of yogurt.
    • I make this family friendly by omitting the cayenne pepper, and it is still totally delicious.

    Nutrition Facts

    Per Serving: 150 calories;8.4 g fat;9 g carbohydrates;9.8 g protein;6 mg cholesterol;542 mg sodium.Full nutrition
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