This is a special curry that is sure to please. It's not too spicy and yet full of flavour. I was surprised when my fussy 4 year old polished off his plate without complaints. Baharat spice is available from Middle Eastern grocers and it is optional in this recipe although I feel it adds a wonderful sweetness to the lamb.


  • 1kg x Lamb Mince

  • 2 x tbsp Baharat spice (optional)

  • 3 x tbsp Oil

  • 3 x medium Onions, sliced

  • 1 x long Chilli, deseeded and chopped

  • 1 x tbsp Ginger paste

  • 1 x tbsp Garlic paste

  • 1 x tbsp Coriander powder

  • 1 x tsp White Pepper powder

  • 150g x Cashews, ground into a powder

  • 150ml x Natural Yoghurt

  • 50ml x Single Cream

  • 2 x tsp Garam Masala Powder (available from Indian grocers)

  • Salt to taste


  • 1.

    Heat 2 tbsp of the oil in a heavy bottom pan and saute the onions until they just start to colour. Remove from heat and allow to cool.

  • 2.

    Combine the mince with a tsp of salt and the Baharat spice (optional).

  • 3.

    Form the mince into 16 meatballs (koftas). Stand kofta balls aside

  • 4.

    Puree the cooked onion in a blender and add the chopped chilli.

  • 5.

    Reheat the pan and add a tbsp of oil.

  • 6.

    Gently fry the ginger and garlic for a minute

  • 7.

    Add the coriander powder and stir fry for a few seconds

  • 8.

    Return the onion mixture to the pan and add the pepper. Stir to combine

  • 9.

    Add a little water to the cashew powder stir it to a paste and add it to the pan

  • 10.

    Stir in the yoghurt a little at a time. Bring to a gentle boil.

  • 11.

    Add the lamb kofta balls, reduce heat to a simmer, cover and cook for 25 minutes, turning the kofta balls occasionaly to cook evenly.

  • 12.

    Taste for salt and add as neccesary

  • 13.

    Sprinkle the garam masala evenly over the kofta balls

  • 14.

    Add the cream and stir to combine

  • 15.

    Cook for another 5 minutes on low heat (do not boil)

  • 16.

    Serve on steamed rice or eat with flatbreads

Nutritional information

Nutritional analysis per serving (4 servings)

  • Energy 1122kj
  • Fat Total 91g
  • Saturated Fat 33g
  • Protein 51g
  • Carbohydrate 25g
  • Sugar 8g
  • Sodium 1045mg

Note: The information shown is Edamam's estimate based on available ingredients and preparation. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist's advice.

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You can easily replace the lamb kofta balls with lean pieces of lamb leg or boneless chicken thigh fillets. Adjust your cooking time until the meat is tender. Always add the cream at the end so that it does not split.

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