Imagine this situation. You are driving home after a long day at work. You are thinking what to make for dinner. Your refrigerator is practically empty; there is no time for grocery shopping. You need to get home fast, as your son has that important school project to work on and needs your help. Your first thought would be to stop at the neighborhood fast food shop and order a takeout.
Hold on!!!!! You do have an option to serve the family a hot, home-cooked meal. Here is a quick recipe for some delicious koftas that can be cooked in a jiffy. Traditionally, koftas are balls of meat or vegetables that are simmered in a curry sauce and eaten with rice or bread. This curry uses store bought meatballs that can be bought in advance and stored in your freezer. The other ingredients are pantry staples like pasta sauce, onions, ginger/garlic paste and chaat masala. And it is quick. Total time from thawing the meatballs to serving the curry is not more than 10 mins.
Meatballs Kofta curry
1. ½ lb turkey meatballs or vegetable balls
2. 1 tsp canola oil
3. 1 tbsp grated onions
4. 1 tsp ginger garlic paste
5. 2 tbsp tomato basil pasta sauce
6. 1 tsp chat masala powder
7. 1tsp garam masala powder
8. 2 sprigs cilantro (finely chopped)
9. 4 green chilies (chopped)
10. ½ cup cream or 1 tbsp beaten yoghut
Thaw frozen meatballs in the microwave by layering them on a plate (appox. 2-3 minutes). In a sauté pan, heat canola oil and fry the grated onion and ginger garlic paste till light brown in color. Put thawed meatballs in a microwave bowl. Transfer the onion-ginger-garlic mixture along with the residual oil over the meatballs. Pour the tomato basil pasta sauce over it. Add the chat masala and garam masala powder and mix well. No need to add salt. The meatballs come salted and the pasta sauce also contains salt. Microwave at high power for 1 minute. Pour the cream over the meatballs. If using yoghut beat the yoghut well before pouring so that there are no lumps. Garnish with the chopped chilies and cilantro. Microwave for an additional 1 minute till the curry is hot. Serve with white or brown rice or Indian bread like naan.
Preparations: 5 minutes. Cooking time: 5 minutes
Note: Chat masala and garam masala can be found in Indian grocery stores in the spice aisle. Garam masala can also be made at home by grinding the spices. For the recipe search the link http://dampfang.com/indian-food-in-phoenix/is-indian-food-spicy
Turkey meatballs are found in major grocery stores in the frozen section. Italian, Swedish meatballs or vegetable balls may be substituted for turkey meatballs.