Kofta Recipe – Pakistani Meatballs with Curry

Pakistani Koftay
Pakistani Koftay

This delicious Pakistani Kofta curry recipe uses authentic spices and is spicy recipe from Pakistani cuisine. The kofta curry, also known as the meatballs curry, is a sophisticated dish. Koftas are commonly served with a rich curry in Pakistan and according to the traditions, formal dinners are not complete without the kofta.


  • 1 kg beef mince
  • 5 onions chopped very fine
  • 2 tbsps garlic paste
  • 1 tbsp ginger paste
  • 2 tbsps garam masala (for the Koftas)
  • 3 tbsps tomato ketchup
  • 1/2 cup coriander leaves chopped fine
  • Salt to taste
  • 3 tbsps vegetable/canola/sunflower cooking oil
  • 1 tbsp ginger paste
  • 2 tbsps garlic paste
  • 2 tsps coriander powder
  • 1 tsp cumin powder
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric powder
  • 1 tsp chilli powder
  • 1 tsp garam masala (for the gravy)
  • 4 large tomatoes cubed

How To Make Koftay

  1. Put the minced beef, 2 of the chopped onions, 2 tbsps garlic paste, 1 tbsp ginger paste, 2 tbsps garam masala, tomato ketchup and coriander leaves in a large bowl and mix well.
  2. Form the mixture into equal sized balls and keep on a plate.
  3. Heat the oil in a pan and add the remaining onions. Fry till they are light brown then add the ginger and garlic pastes. Fry for a minute.
  4. Add all the powdered spices – coriander, cumin, red chilli powder, 1 tsp garam masala, turmeric – and fry for 2-3 minutes.
  5. Add the tomatoes and mix well. Fry the masala till the oil begins to separate from it.
  6. Add 2 cups of warm water to the masala and season with salt to taste. Gently add the meatballs now. Do not stir for at least the next 5 minutes.
  7. Stir gently so as not to break the meatballs.
  8. Cook uncovered till the meatballs are done. The gravy can be as thick as you like so add or dry up the water as required.
Recipe of Pakistani Koftay
Pakistani Kofta Meatballs Recipes