Lamb Kofta Curry & Rice Recipe | Abel & Cole

Lamb Kofta Curry & Rice

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Serves2 people
Lamb Kofta Curry & Rice

This lamb meatball curry is full of aromatic spices and seasonal organic veg, including our springtime favourite purple sprouting broccoli.


  • 12 lamb meatballs
  • ½ tbsp olive, sunflower or coconut oil
  • 1 onion
  • Sea salt
  • Freshly ground pepper
  • 1 garlic clove
  • A thumb of ginger
  • 1 tbsp garam masala
  • 1 tsp turmeric
  • A pinch of chilli powder
  • 400g chopped tomatoes
  • 150g white basmati rice
  • 500ml boiling water
  • 200g purple sprouting broccoli
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1. Fill your kettle and boil it. Warm a deep frying pan or wok on a medium-high heat and for 1 min, then add ½ tbsp oil and the lamb meatballs. Fry, turning once halfway through cooking, for 5-6 mins till the meatballs are browned all over.
2. While the meatballs brown, peel and finely chop the onion. Lift the meatballs out of the pan and set them aside on a plate. Add the onion (you shouldn’t need to add any more oil) and a pinch of salt and pepper. Turn the heat down a little and fry for 5 mins, stirring every so often.
3. While the onion fries, peel and grate the garlic and ginger. When the onion is glossy and starting to brown, add the garlic and ginger. Add 1 tbsp garam masala, 1 tsp turmeric and a pinch of chilli powder (it’s spicy stuff, so add as much or as little chilli powder as you prefer). Fry, stirring, for 2 mins.
4. Tip the chopped tomatoes into the pan. Top up with 200ml boiling water and stir to mix. Add the meatballs back to the pan, pop on a lid (or use a baking tray if you don’t have a lid) and simmer for 20 mins. Give the pan a stir a now and then.
5. While the meatballs simmer, tip the rice into a sieve and rinse under cold water for 1 min, then tip into a small pan. Pour in 300ml hot water from the kettle. Add a pinch of salt, cover, bring to the boil then turn the heat right down. Simmer for 8 mins till all the water has been absorbed, then take the pan off the heat and set aside, lid on, for 2-5 mins to let the rice steam and finish cooking.
6. Trim the dry ends off the purple sprouting broccoli and chop the stalks into bite-size pieces (you can keep the leaves on the stems – they’re edible). When the meatballs have cooked for 20 mins, add the broccoli and gently stir to mix. Simmer, lid off, for 5 mins to just cook the broccoli.
7. Taste the curry and add a pinch more salt, pepper or chilli powder if you think it needs it. Fluff the rice with a fork and divide between 2 warm plates. Top with the lamb kofta curry and serve.
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