Cabbage and Carrot Kofta

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I’m not generally a picky eater, however there are two vegetables that I absolutely hate; cabbage and carrots and Mangy insists on buying them as he reckons they’re good for us. Well, the other night, the fridge was bare except for those two dreaded vegetables. Would you believe my luck?

Well, I figured anything fried and crispy should taste good, so I decided to make koftas for dinner.  I paired the koftas with an indo-chinese inspired sauce and would very happily make and eat them again, they were fantastic!

You will need to salt them first as this draws out the excess moisture and produces lighter crisp koftas. Otherwise, they’ll just be gluggly and heavy.

You’ll need (Koftas):

  • 1 coarsely grated carrot
  • 1 cup finely shredded cabbage
  • 2 tablespoons besan
  • 2 green chillies (finely chopped)
  • 1 sprig curry leaves (finely chopped)
  • 1 teaspoon ginger garlic paste
  • 1/2 teaspoon turmeric powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon red chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon garam masala
  • pinch of hing
  • salt
  • oil


Mix 2 tablespoons salt with carrot and cabbage. Set aside for half an hour. Rinse the salt off well and place vegetables in a cheese cloth and squeeze out all excess water. Mix vegetables with all the ingredients except oil. Knead well and ensure that you are able to form small balls. If the mixture is too crumbly, add a little water. If it is too wet, add more besan.

Roll mixture into small balls. The smaller the better as they’ll cook faster. Heat oil in a pot and fry koftas until golden brown. Remove from heat and set aside.

You’ll need (sauce):

  • 3 small onions (peeled and finely chopped)
  • 1 inch piece ginger (cut into matchsticks)
  • 1 garlic clove (peeled and sliced finely)
  • 3 green chillies (chopped finely)
  • 1 tablespoon chopped coriander stalks
  • 1 sprig curry leaves
  • 1/2 teaspoon tamarind paste
  • 1 teaspoon mirin (or vinegar and pinch of sugar)
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 knob butter


Heat butter, add onions and cook until soft and golden. Add all  other ingredients and mix well. Once it starts to bubble, add kofta balls and stir well, ensure all the koftas are well coated. Enjoy!

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