Smokey Lemon Mint Chicken Koftes

These easy chicken koftes incorporate the warm flavour of paprika with the coolness of lemon and mint. It’s a great summer or winter dish. Serve it up with some flaky rotis or roll it up into a wrap with some salad. They will definitely be back for more.

Smokey Lemon Mint Chicken Koftes

Recipe: @hungryforhalaal
📸: @hungryforhalaal

500g Chicken mince
1/2 onion grated
1 tsp garlic paste or 2 cloves garlic crushed
2 Tb chopped fresh mint or 1 Tb dried mint
1 Tb smoked paprika
1 tsp ground cumin (jeera)
1/2 tsp chilli powder or more to taste
1 green chilli finely chopped
1 lemon zested
1 tsp salt
Ground black pepper to taste
Vegetable Oil for shallow frying

4 medium tomatoes, grated and peel discarded, or 1 410g tin of chopped tomatoes
1 tsp fine coriander
1 tsp fine cumin
1/2 tsp chilli powder
1/2 tsp garlic paste
1/2 cup yoghurt
1/2 cup water
salt to taste

Method Koftes:
Combine all ingredients except oil in a bowl. Mix through with your hand. Shape into golf ball-sized balls. Fry in shallow oil on medium heat. Don’t overcrowd pan. Turn frequently. Remove when lightly browned but not crisp.

Method Gravy:
Heat about 2 Tb oil in a wide saucepan on medium heat. Add spices and garlic and fry for a few seconds till aromatic. Add tomatoes and allow to cook till oil comes to the surface. Add yoghurt and water and simmer for 5-10 minutes and till slightly thickened. Add the koftes to the pan and allow to heat through before serving.


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