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Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Spinach Kofta



Ingredients for kofta:
1 bunch fresh spinach or use frozen spinach
1 teaspoon salt
3 tablespoon corn starch
1/2 teaspoon cumin powder
1/4 cup of chick pea flour or besan
1/4 cup of walnuts, almonds or any nuts
1 cup paneer or cottage cheese

Prepare kofta:  Chop the spinach add salt mix and microwave it for 2 minutes.  Allow it to cool for 10 to 15 minutes.  

Squeeze the microwaved spinach to remove  the water contained in it.  Add cornstarch  cumin powder, chick pea flour, walnuts and paneer, mix and make a dough.  Divide the dough into small balls and deep fry till golden brown.
Remove and place on a paper towel.

Ingredients for Gravy:
4 tablespoon oil
1 teaspoon cumin seeds
1 cup chopped onion
1 tablespoon chopped ginger
1 teaspoon garlic
1 teaspoon green chili or to taste
1/2 teaspoon turmeric powder
1/2 teaspoon red chili powder or to taste
1 teaspoon of garam masala
1 cup tomato
1 cup milk
1 teaspoon salt or to taste

Prepare gravy:  Heat oil in a pan, when the oil is hot add cumin seeds, when the cumin sizzles add chopped onions, saute until it is brown, add ginger, garlic, green chili, saute add turmeric powder, chili powder, saute, add garam masala, wait for a few seconds add the tomatoes and cook till the tomatoes are cooked.  Add milk and let it come a boil add 1 teaspoon of salt.  Turn the heat off and allow it to cool.  When it is cool grind it to a smooth paste.  Add the spinach kofta balls and serve.  Serves 4.

Serve with chapati or nan.  These are spinach dumplings in gravy.  It is a gourmet dish.  There are a variety of kofta dishes this is one of them.

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