Mother and Baby

Big and Small Kofta Curry Recipe

Section: Dinner ideas
  • Serves: 4
  • Preparation time: 40 minutes


Koftas are basically meatballs and you can use whateverv lean meat you'd like, but lamb and beef work well as they're packed with protein so are filling and healthy for you and your baby. The 'Big' and 'Small' in the title refers to the size of the different kofta balls for your baby and you

  1. To make the kofta, add the mince, garlic and all of the spices into a bowl and combine well. Remove 100g serving for baby and roll into 1cm balls. Set aside.
  2. Then add the green chillies and salt to the remaining mince and combine well. Roll into larger balls and set aside.
  3. To make the curry Sauce, heat the oil in a large pot, add the onion, cloves, peppercorns, cinnamon, cardamom and stir-fry on medium until the onions are browning.
  4. Then add the ginger, garlic, remaining spices and stir-fry for a few seconds before adding the tomatoes.
  5. Stir and cook the sauce for a few minutes, then turn to low heat and add all of the kofta balls gently. Simmer (covered) on low heat for 20-25 minutes until the kofta are thoroughly cooked. Stirring gently half way through.
  6. Once cooked, remove the small kofta balls along with some sauce and set aside. Add the salt and red chilli powder to the main pot and stir. Garnish with freshly chopped coriander and serve with roti or naan and a dollop of plain yogurt.

    Easy Indian SuperMeals for babies, toddlers and the family by Zainab Jagot Ahmed (published by Sweet Juicy Lime, £14.99, Buy it from 8 September 2014)
Easy Indian Supermeals for Babies & Toddlers




Blend the unspiced kofta balls and curry sauce until smooth.

Finger Food

Pick out some of the unspiced kofta balls (allowing them to cool slightly) and then serve to your baby.

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