Indian Chicken Koftas

Meatballs are the ultimate comfort food! And this week with the temperatures dropping again, they seem like the perfect dish to cook!My Chicken Koftas are Indian Spiced Meatballs with aromatic spices that can make any mealtime special.They’re easy and so flavorful and pair very well with Naan or Pulao or just plain rice!I’ve used ground Chicken here, but you could use any ground meat for this preparation.Its a great dish for entertaining since it can be prepared ahead of time.

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To give a lovely color to the koftas I’ve fried them in a little oil before adding them into the sauce.The addition of coriander adds that freshness and the yoghurt makes them moist!You could skip the frying part and add them straight into the sauce if you wish.The sauce is a tomato based sauce with some cumin and garam masala for those lovely Indian flavors.You just have to let the koftas simmer in the sauce for a few minutes to absorb all the delicious flavors!A great tasting dish for these cold days and nights!

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Indian Chicken Koftas


    For the Koftas
  • Ground Chicken-1 lb
  • Yoghurt-1 tbsp
  • Crushed Ginger-1 tsp
  • Crushed Garlic-1 tsp
  • Garam Masala-1/2 tsp
  • Fresh Coriander-2 tbsp
  • Salt- to taste
  • For the Sauce
  • Oil-3 tbsp
  • Cinnamon stick-1/2 inch
  • Green Cardamom-3
  • Cloves-3
  • Onions-2 medium finely chopped
  • Tomatoes-3 chopped
  • Crushed Ginger-1 tsp
  • Crushed Garlic-1 tsp
  • Yoghurt-1 tbsp
  • Turmeric-1/2 tsp
  • Ground Cumin-2 tsp
  • Ground Coriander-2 tsp
  • Garam Masala-1 tsp
  • Red chili-paprika-1 tsp
  • Sugar-1 tbsp
  • Salt-to taste
  • Water-2 Cups


  1. Mix all the kofta ingredients and make small balls.
  2. Shallow fry if you want a golden color.If not just keep the balls aside to add into the sauce.
  3. Heat oil in a deep skillet and the cinnamon,cardamom and cloves.
  4. Add the onions and a little salt and saute until golden.Add the ginger,garlic and spices and saute on low for a few minutes.
  5. Puree the tomatoes and add them into the onion mixture.Add the salt,yoghurt and continue to cook on medium heat stirring every now and then until oil starts to separate around the edges.
  6. Add water and bring it to a boil on high.Check the seasonings.
  7. Slowly add the koftas and reduce the heat to medium.
  8. Let the koftas simmer in the sauce for about 10-15 minutes.
  9. Serve hot!


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  1. Now these are some spicy meatballs!!! So different than any I have ever had. Love your Indian spices Soni!! Great recipe!
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  2. This was delicious! My husband and I enjoyed it very much, and will be eating them as leftovers for the next two days. We ate it with a side of brown rice. I was too lazy to buy fresh coriander, so I substituted with 2 teaspoons dry. Also, we don’t have ground chicken where I live, so I passed 1 pound of chicken breast through the food processor. The only addition was a tablespoon of cornstarch towards the end to thicken the sauce. Thank you again for this wonderful recipe! :)

    • Thankyou so much for trying out this recipe and I’m so glad you liked it :) The leftovers should taste even more delicious since all the juices get absorbed into the meatballs!!I also like to make some extra to enjoy the next day :)

  3. I just love all of the spices you use in you food! This recipe has me drooling. Garam masala in both the meat and the sauce and all those other flavors. What fabulous koftas!
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  4. What a fabulous recipe for these chilly days, a perfect comfort food!!! Hubby just discovered he is allergic to turmeric, which is sad. But we could easy exclude when making this dish:-) Gorgeous, Hugs, Terra
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  5. Love spicy meatballs in a perfect creamy sauce! Love it!
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  6. I love Indian dishes, they are the most homely comfort food… I have always wanted to get the flavour perfect but I always feel that I fall short. Since I have been following your website I am a lot happier with the Indian dishes I have been preparing, I will definitely be trying this dish out :)
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  7. Ah lovely! As said above, I would love to try the cabbage kofta from your recipes.
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  8. i tried this recipe with some modifications- used ground turkey, omitted yogurt, added boiled/mashed potatoes and baked koftas for 20 minutes @ 400 and simmered with this sauce with added creamed cashew and coconut milk – it was one delicious, royal dinner. Thank you so much for the recipe :)
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  9. Very delicious koftas!!
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  10. I shouldn’t go on your site when I am hungry. It just makes it that much worse. These look SO GOOD!
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  11. This non-veg version will be a hit with my brother :D

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  12. Wow this is a flavourful dish! I love the vibrant colour of the sauce – I can just imagine smothering basmati rice with it or scooping it up with big pieces of naan.
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  13. I absolutely love the flavors you got going on here. Can’t wait to try, a great spin on a classic. Thanks for sharing :)

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  14. Talk about comfort food…this sounds amazing! I love all the spice in here…sounds perfect =)

  15. i have been craving this for so long!!!! i am making this now!!!!
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  16. Thanks for sharing! I can’t wait to try making these chicken koftas. My husband is from India and I’ve been trying to learn to cook Indian food- some dishes with better success than others. I’m so glad I found your website since its full of yummy looking Indian food.
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  17. I’ve always wanted to try a kofta meal, but since I don’t eat meat, I’d have to make mine vegetarian. I’m not even sure what the vegetarian equivalent is! Lentil balls? Chickpea balls? Paneer? Hmm..
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