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Thursday, October 18, 2012

Spinach Koftas in coconut milk gravy

Koftas,a speciality of northern parts of India is rich balls of nutrients immersed in a thick gravy and goes well with all our Indian staples.This was a common menu in our hostel mess and so I started liking this.This time I tried the spinach koftas and made the gravy in coconut milk as from the original recipe.The reason of me selecting the coconut milk for gravy was I wasn't sure if my family would like the other gravy and I was sure coconut milk would always be a big 'Yes".I have modified the recipe slightly here & there but other wise the basic remains the same.So,enjoy your meals with spinach koftas !!
Recipe source : Malaysian Delicacies

for spinach balls(koftas)
spinach 170 gms
onions 2 chopped fine
green chillies 2 chopped fine
cilantro/coriander leave 2 tbsp chopped
potatoes 2 -3 medium sized(boiled & mashed)
garam masala 1 tsp
besan flour 2tsp
salt lightly

for gravy
coconut milk thick 1 cup
coconut milk thin 3 cups
ginger shredded 2 tbsp
garlic cloves 3 shredded
onion 1 medium fine chopped
tomato 1 medium chopped
chilli powder 2 tsp
coriander powder 2 tsp
cumin powder 1/2tsp
turmeric powder 1/2 tsp
garam masala 1 tsp
salt to taste
oil 3tbsp

-Wash and steam the chopped spinach leaves for 5 mins in a steamer or idly cooker.Add it to a bowl.Add the boiled ,mashed potatoes and other ingredients listed to make the balls.Add besan flour if its very sticky.
-Shape them in balls and place it again in a steamer,cook for 10 mins.Remove and keep aside.
-Heat oil in a pan and add all the cooked balls in it.Rotate and shallow fry all sides possible to give a crisper touch.Remove on a paper towel and keep aside.

(shallow fried spinach balls)
-In the same pan,fry the shredded ginger and garlic.Saute till raw smell disappears.
-Add the chopped onion and saute till translucent.Add chopped tomatoes,let it cook and become mushy.
-Add all the spice powders and saute till raw smell disappears.
-Add half cup of thin coconut milk and let it cook well till the gravy thickens slightly.
-Lower the flame and add the thick coconut milk.
-Remove from flame.
-Add the spinach koftas right before you serve,other wise the gravy will be completely absorbed.

Servings ~ 4 adults

* You can either use the whole amount to make spinach balls(koftas) or divide in 2,take one part to balls and other to gravy.
* You can add 2 slices of bread too to make the balls to hold it in shape.

Sending this to Favorite Veg recipes hosted by Swathi @ Zesty South Indian Kitchen ,Serve It boiled hosted by Krithi@ Krithi's kitchen


DivyaGCP said... Best Blogger Tips

Healthy and delicious gravy..Looks very flavorful..

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Priya R said... Best Blogger Tips

looks so delicious julie love it

Az said... Best Blogger Tips

healthy and delicious!

cookingvarieties said... Best Blogger Tips

hi julie, first time i see spinach kofta. very delicious looking too and the spicy flavor makes it more appetizing. have a nice day

Prabha Mani said... Best Blogger Tips

Yeah.. i agree dear, anything with coconut milk, the taste will be awesome :) Just loving the bowl of gravy..must try this version!

radha said... Best Blogger Tips

Oh yum! Nice kofta and different from the usual with the coconut milk gravy!

Nandita Pai Shirali said... Best Blogger Tips

I love koftas... and this is such a healthy version Julie. Will try it, as u can see am on a health spree :D

Sebeena Loyd said... Best Blogger Tips

that's one healthy kofta

Rosh said... Best Blogger Tips

Great curry!

divya said... Best Blogger Tips

looks mouthwatering...just delicious!

Sangeetha Priya said... Best Blogger Tips

I love any type of kofta, spinach koftas healthy indeed, ur gravy tempting me...
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Hari Chandana P said... Best Blogger Tips

Nice combination.. looks great :)
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Akila said... Best Blogger Tips

Looks delicious

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Beena.stephy said... Best Blogger Tips

Healthy dish

Vimitha Anand said... Best Blogger Tips

Nice creamy n healthy curry dear

Lizy said... Best Blogger Tips

lovely colors in the curry. I could eat those spinach balls just like that!

Tamilarasi Sasikumar said... Best Blogger Tips

Yummy koftas...looks nice..

Priya said... Best Blogger Tips

Koftas in coconut milk gravy sounds more flavourful than the usual curry..Loving it.

Jasna Varcakovic said... Best Blogger Tips

That dish looks awesomely good...bookmarked!

Reshmi Mahesh said... Best Blogger Tips

Kofta in coconut milk is really a delicious preparation...

Swathi Iyer said... Best Blogger Tips

Delicious and easy recipe Julie. I am going to try it.

Shailaja Reddy said... Best Blogger Tips

Healthy & Different...

Sanoli Ghosh said... Best Blogger Tips

Fingerlicking good kofta curry. Love to try it dear.

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Kaveri Venkatesh said... Best Blogger Tips

The curry looks delicious Julie..

Jemini said... Best Blogger Tips

yummy and a healthy kofta curry...awesome

Vandana Rajesh said... Best Blogger Tips

Absolutely delicious..a north south fusion..koftas and coconut milk yumm.

KRUPA said... Best Blogger Tips

Wow... Healthy koftas. Looks super yum..

Veena Theagarajan said... Best Blogger Tips

looks so interesting

Priya Satheesh said... Best Blogger Tips

Absolutely delicious!!

Swasthi said... Best Blogger Tips

new to this curry. looks delicious and healthy.

Amina Khaleel said... Best Blogger Tips

wow... healthy and innovative koftas... delicious!!

Anisha Ranjit said... Best Blogger Tips

That is an awesome idea to use coconut milk... bookmarked... I have to give this a try.

Faseela Noushad said... Best Blogger Tips

Awesome n delicious...

Krithi Karthi said... Best Blogger Tips

Super healthy koftas..thanks for linking to our event..
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Love to Experiment said... Best Blogger Tips

If I was around you, the koftas wouldn't get a chance to fall into that gravy... It would have long found its way into my tummy. ;) Though I've never thought or heard about spinach koftas. Very innovative and healthy.

Reshmi said... Best Blogger Tips

iron rich... nice curry,... a yummy way to have spinach

Kitchen Queen said... Best Blogger Tips

Lovely color and rich gravy.