Servings : Makes 15-18 kofta
These delightful middle-eastern kofta are very easy to prepare and taste amazing. I normally serve them as a full meal piled over roughly torn pieces of home-made pita bread, salad and a dipping sauce, plus some slices of lemon to squeeze over everything. They make for excellent finger food and can be served as a starter or as a side to any meal like pilau or even with fries.
Ingredients for Boiling Chicken
- 250 gm boneless chicken (I prefer mixing breast and thighs for this)
- 1/2 tsp. salt
- 1/2 tsp. black pepper powder
- 1/4 tsp. garlic paste
- 1/4 tsp. ginger paste
- 1/4 cup water
- 1 medium potato, peeled, cubed and boiled
- 1 egg, lightly beaten
- 1 small onion
- 1 green chilli
- 1 slice of bread, toasted and roughly chopped (I normally use brown bread, but any will do)
- 1 tbsp. mayonnaise
- 3 tbsp. chopped coriander
- 2 tbsp. grated mozzarella cheese
- 1 tsp. lemon juice
- 1/4 tsp. garlic paste
- 1 tsp. black pepper powder
- 1/2 tsp. salt
- 1/2 tsp. cumin powder
- 1/4 tsp. turmeric powder
- 1 tsp. red chilli powder or flakes (optional for extra spicy kofta)
- 4-5 tbsp. oil for frying
Clean and cut the boneless chicken into big chunks and put them in a pan, add the rest of the boiling ingredients (salt, pepper, garlic, ginger and water) into it. Cover the pan and simmer on low heat for 15 minutes. Turn off the heat, drain the chicken cubes and allow them to cool.
The chicken can be boiled even a day or more ahead, just keep it refrigerated (or frozen if it is longer than a day) until you are ready to make the kofta.
Grind the cooked chicken pieces in a processor. Pour out into a mixing bowl.
Next shred the toasted slice of bread in the processor until it is all crumbled and add that onto the chicken.
Put the onion, green chilli, garlic and coriander into the processor, grind until it gets chunky, not a complete paste. Then add that too into the mixing bowl.
Blitz the boiled potato in the processor until mashed and dump it into the mixing bowl.
Now add the mayonnaise, grated cheese, black pepper, salt, cumin, turmeric, lemon juice, chilli flakes and egg into the mixing bowl and mix everything up until well combined.
Shape 15-18 small (approximately one and a half inch) balls from the mixture. You can refrigerate these balls for 30 minutes if you have the time. It helps them hold their shape a little better during frying.
Heat 4-5 tbsp. oil in a frying pan, preferably non-stick. Add the kofta, keep the heat on medium and cover the pan. Do not crowd the pan, you can fry in two or more batches if needed. I use an 8″ frying pan and fry the kofta in two lots. Allow them to fry for 2 minutes, check and turn if they are golden on the bottom. Let them cook on the other side and then remove on to kitchen towels to drain excess oil. Remember, the chicken and potato used was already pre-cooked so all we are doing is cooking the egg that was mixed in them and getting a good outer colour. So do not over-cook them. 2-3 minutes per side is usually enough.
You can freeze the cooked kofta to serve as and when needed. Simply allow them to defrost then reheat them on a lightly greased frying pan or in the oven/microwave until warmed through.
Serve with accompaniments of your choice.
Assalamu Alaikum I’m making
Assalamu Alaikum I’m making these Koftas now but the mixture is a bit loose they don’t form smooth balls they are sticky please help what I can do to make them come together
W/Salaam, add a bit more
W/Salaam, add a bit more breadcrumbs and refrigerate the mixture for at least half an hour if possible.
Alhamdulillah i hav made
Alhamdulillah i hav made these yummmyyyyyy Kofta …awssmm…Jazak allah fr d recipe…
Can we use this kofta recipe with the kofta gravy on your site?
W/Salaam, it might break
W/Salaam, it might break apart when soaked in gravy as the consistency of these koftas is different since the chicken has been precooked.
This looks delicious!
This looks delicious! Planning on making it today. May I please know how you made the dip?
I mixed equal proportions of
I mixed equal proportions of yoghurt and mayonnaise, then folded in some crushed red and green chillies. Seasoned with some salt and a pinch of sugar.
Thanks! I’ll try that out.
Thanks! I’ll try that out. One more question: can I use breadcrumbs instead of the toasted and chopped bread? And if so, how much should I use?
W/Salaam, yes you can. About
W/Salaam, yes you can. About 3-4 tbsp should do.
Can I use direct raw minced
Can I use direct raw minced chicken instead of going through the process of boiling and all?
For these particular kababs I
For these particular kababs I would recommend preboiling the chicken as directed.
Ok thanku…what kind of
Ok thanku…what kind of pilau would u recommend to go along with this kababs and also what kind of dip?
A simple one like my spinach
A simple one like my spinach pilau, vegetable pilau, peas pilau or potato pilau would go well with these. As for a dip, any chutney or sauce would work. You can even serve with raita if you plan on making a pilau to go with these.