Beef Koftay ka Salan

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The Desi version of meatballs – our version consists of delicately spiced koftay in a rich gravy.
  • PREP TIME: 30 minutes
  • COOK TIME: 45 minutes
  • SERVINGS: 8 persons
Beef Koftay ka Salan


  • 1 kg beef mince / qeema
  • 2 onions, finely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons garlic paste
  • 1 tablespoon ginger paste
  • 2 tablespoons garam masala (for the Koftas)
  • 1/2 cup coriander leaves chopped fine
  • Salt to taste
  • Roasted gram flour / besan, if necessary
  • For the Kofta Curry
  • 3 tablespoons vegetable/canola/sunflower cooking oil
  • 1 tablespoon ginger paste
  • 2 tablespoons garlic paste
  • 2 teaspoons coriander powder
  • 1 teaspoon cumin powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon turmeric powder
  • 1 teaspoon chilli powder
  • 1 teaspoon garam masala (for the gravy)
  • 4 large tomatoes cubed


  • 1. Take a large bowl and add beef mince / qeema, 2 chopped onions, 2 tablespoon garlic paste, 1 tablespoon ginger paste, 2 tablespoons garam masala, salt and coriander. Mix all ingredients together and make little kofta balls. Set aside.
  • 2. In case the mixture isn’t forming together add an egg or roasted gram flour to help it bind properly.
  • 3. In the meanwhile, heat oil in a pan and add 3 chopped onions. Fry the onions till they are light brown.
  • 4. Add ginger and garlic paste. Cook for a minute.
  • 5. Add spices (coriander, cumin, red chilli powder, 1 teaspoon garam masala and turmeric). Cook for 2-3 minute and saute well to make sure the spices bhoonofy.
  • 6. Add tomatoes and mix together. Mash the tomatoes so that they break and start forming the masala. Cook the tomatoes for about 10 minutes then add water.
  • 7. Once the oil separates and comes to top, add the meatballs.
  • 8. Be very careful in adding meatballs so that they don’t break. Turn heat to low and let the meatballs simmer in the gravy. Don’t stir with a spoon as the meatballs can break. If necessary, swirl the pan around to mix.
  • 9. Once the meatballs are cooked through, turn heat off and set aside.
  • 10. Serve with rice or roti / naan.


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