Quorn Shahi Kofta Masala
This Kofta Masala made using Quorn Swedish Style Meatballs simmers in a spicy and flavourful sauce, is hassle free and great for a tasty weeknight meal!
Recipe by Monica Sawhney Haldar
- 300g Quorn Swedish Style Balls
- 14 unsalted & unroasted cashews, soaked in 1/4cup (60mls) of hot water for 15 minutes
- 6 tbsp oil – any variety
- 2 green cardamom, crushed open (optional)
- 3 cms cinnamon stick (optional)
- 2 cloves (optional)
- 1 tsp cumin seeds
- 1 medium onion or 150g, cut into small chunks
- 2 cms ginger, cut into chunks
- 2 cloves garlic
- 1 ¾ tsp salt
- 1 tbsp double concentrate tomato purée
- 1-2 chillies (depending on your heat
- preference), finely chopped
- 1 tsp sugar/honey
- 1 tsp paprika – plain
- 1 tsp garam masala
- ¾ tsp turmeric powder
- 1 ½ tsp coriander powder
- ¼ tsp chilli powder (optional)
- 1 tbsp Greek yoghurt
- 2 tbsp peas –fresh or defrosted
- 6-7 stems fresh coriander, roughly chopped (stems & leaves)
- 1 tbsp dried fenugreek leaves (optional)
- Pre-heat oven at 200c. Place a wire tray on top of a baking tray and pop the Quorn Swedish Style Balls on it. Once the oven is hot, place tray on the middle shelf of oven for 10 minutes. Turn the Swedish Style Balls over and cook for another 10 minutes.
- Whilst the Swedish Style Balls are cooking, prepare the masala by placing the onion, ginger and garlic in a food processor. Grind until you have a coarse looking paste.
- Now heat the oil in a pan. Once hot, add the cardamom, cloves, cinnamon and cumin followed by the ground paste.
- Mix well, then add ½ tsp salt and cook for 2-3 minutes on a medium heat. Then, reduce the heat slightly and place a lid on top. Cook for 6-7 minutes mixing every 2 minutes or so. (If you find the masala is catching at any point, add a splash of water and reduce the heat slightly).
- Whilst the masala is cooking, place the soaked cashews as well as the water it was soaked in, into a food processor. Grind for 30-40 seconds until a thick cashew paste forms. Keep aside.
- Once the masala looks caramelised golden brown in colour, add the tomato purée, chilli and ½ cup (120mls) of water. Cook for 1-2 minutes until the masala thickens. Then reduce the heat and add the remaining salt (¾ tsp), sugar, paprika, garam masala, turmeric, coriander powder & chilli powder. Mix well.
- At this point, add the cashew paste along with 1 tbsp Greek yoghurt and 1 ½ cups water (355ml). Mix well and increase the heat allowing the masala to come to a boil. Then reduce to a simmer and add the Quorn Swedish Style Balls, along with the peas to the pan.
- Using your fingertips to rub the fenugreek leaves into a powder then sprinkle in.
- Add the fresh coriander and place a lid on the pan. Simmer for 4-5 minutes. Taste for salt/chilli and adjust accordingly. Serve with rice or your favourite Indian bread.
Recipe by Monica Sawhney Haldar
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This recipe is amazingly tasty.
This was such a delicious recipe. Felt so indulgent to eat but was actually so healthy to cook!
Made this on the off chance that we would like it, How wrong we were we absolutely loved it so much so that it has been put on the favourite dinners list. Smells great too. Making it again !!!
It’s very delicious. I found that the suggested amount of water yielded too watery gravy but maybe I was too impatient and didn’t reduce enough. Anyway, will be making again.
Absolutely delicious, full of flavour. I agree wit FuSru about the water - the second time I made it, I only put in half the amount of the 355ml stated in the recipe & I felt the consistency was just right.
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