Sweet Potato Kofta

Sweet Potato Kofta
Kofta has always been a No No anytime I’ve been to a restaurant because the only kind you get is the “malai” koftas, meaning – cream koftas – They are heavy, lumpy and doughy and even in the very best restaurants are either over soaked and soggy, melting into the sauce OR you have the kinds that never soak and are hard and tasteless that stand alone, unrelenting.  And then over the past year that I’ve been blogging, I have seen some memorable koftas that have inspired me to come up with this one.
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Definition of Kofta from the Oxford Dictionary
noun (plural same or koftas)
•   (in Middle Eastern and Indian cooking) a spiced meatball.
From Urdu and Persian, literally ‘pounded meat’
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Look how far we have come from its actual meaning if we have wholly adapted this dish to a vegetarian palate
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To the best of my knowledge these are deep-fried and soaked into hot sauce/gravy
So the kofta served by itself, is rather like a cutlet, along with a pita, a falafel and served with gravy the kofta curry we know so well to be an Indian gourmet dish.
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Things that I like about my kofta
1)    I used a healthy substitute to the usual potatoes by using sweet potatoes
2)    I liked using Garbanzos for a fiber and low fat factor
3)    I did NOT deep fry it and that did NOT compromise on the taste an iota
4)    My gravy was just as healthy in that I used my standard gravy companions onion and tomato with chilies and some spices – adding NO cream whatsoever getting that creamy texture by cooking the veggies first and adding no more than 8-10 pieces of cashews. The end result was immensely pleasing and I felt mighty triumphant that I had made Kofta (finally!)  in my home and realized how cinchy it is to make it.
   But it would be remiss of me to not give credit to my new dippy pan that has inspired me to make several wonderful preparations.
I encourage you to try this combo at home and see for yourself how incredibly tasty these come out.
Off to the recipe
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3 sweet potatoes
1 can of garbanzo beans (drained and washed)
1 or 2 Green chilies – to taste
1 Red chili
Cilantro – 1tbs crushed
Sage, cilantro, rosemary or other herb of choice- 2 leaves
About 1tsp of oil (optional)
Mustard seeds (optional)
Cumin seeds (optional)
2 tsp of Suvaiyana Chennai curry powder
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Cook and mash the sweet potatoes
In a food processor, add washed and drained garbanzos and make a crumbly powder
Preheat pan,  add the oil and splutter mustard and cumin seeds
Add the chilies, herbs and the curry powder to the oil followed by the mashed sweet potatoes
Add the crumbled garbanzo
Add the salt (optional)  and mix all the ingredients well
This mixture should be soft but thick now
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Get the pan ready by placing it on low heat
Add some nonstick spray to the holes and ½ tsp of oil in each slot
I used an ice cream scoop to dole out the mix into the holes
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Let the one side brown and gingerly flip over and brown the other side as well
Wait for it to get well cooked on both sides before removing from the slots
You can serve this as stand alone patties or cutlet dish with some raw onions and ketchup
You can use it as a Falafel and stuff into a pita and sink your teeth in verily
Or you can make kofta &curry with it, which was my original intent
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For the sauce, simple sauté 1 big red onion and 1 can of diced tomato with required amount of spices (clove, cardamom, cinnamon, bay leaves, red chilies, garlic (optional) and about 10 cahsews.
Let it simmer and cool before grinding
Pour the sauce in the desired serving bowl and then arrange the koftas in the sauce.
Serve with naan or rotis
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Now Serving with love (:

Posted on

August 19, 2011


  1. these koftas look awesome Priya! and the curry is lovely! cant wait to try this!

  2. That's a very nice recipe using sweet potato! Some pictures are not showing up, no idea if its only to me!

  3. Best kofta I've ever had!! AMAZING meal and terrific pictures :) <3 <3 <3 <3 love, samyuktha

  4. I missed picking up some sweet potatoes today..if not i wld hv sure tried it tomm.. so good.. low fat..yummy .. am in trying it nxt weekend..

  5. wow…tats a healthy n low fat kofta curry…nice idea Priya..looks so luscious n mouth watering here…yum..yum..

  6. sweet version of koftas..simply drooling here priya..

  7. Healthy idea of making sweet potatoes koftas…and vegie gravy..looks sooo delicious.

  8. These look like great ways to serve sweet potatoes other than just plain mashed!

  9. These koftas look mouthwatering.. love the recipe..

  10. So many varities in one post…im lovin it :-)

  11. Tasty kofta curry.. Love ur addition of garbanzo beans and sweet potatoes.. looks too good.. well done.. nice clicks..

  12. this is amazing Priya, love those koftas, truly excellent and innovative, you have made it in a healthy way, sure a great recipe..

  13. Very timely ~ just got some sweet potatoes from the grocers yesterday ~ will definitely be trying it! love the idea :)

  14. Absolutely love it!! Love the color of the sauce. I guess the color is due to the canned tomatoes, right?

  15. Wat a brilliant idea of making koftas with sweet potato, awesome Priya..CUrry looks irresistible..

  16. what a lovely curry! amazing pics!!!!

  17. Wonderful kofta curry..innovative recipe..bookmarked

  18. sweet potato kofta is really something new to me. but the way you give a detailed descrp is really heplful and kofta curry looks very tempting

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  19. Oh YummYumm! Thanks for linking these up to Friday Potluck – I love trying new flavors, and these koftas are right up my alley.

  20. awesome- loved it ! and who would say no to this healthy & uppity version of koftas

  21. Perfect looking kofta's.. mount watering!!!

  22. Lovely koftas, and liked the train of thought that went into making the dish.

  23. sweet potato with chickpeas sound fabulous! i have a similar recipe and i use them as veggie burgers! 😀

  24. Koftas look so yummy and the curry super delicious… Nice one dear…

  25. hi now serving, looks like it is not easy to make koftas.. like anything can go wrong- hard, soggy and not blending well with the rest of ingredients:)
    i would like to try this one day, but i have to be very careful not to fail in the preparation method. ha ha. not just yet

  26. yum yum

  27. Bookmarked! Love it and will keep loving it (translates into will make them often)! love the sauce

  28. Oh my…The koftas look so tempting!!! And the gravy is just too delicious…I feel like grabbing that bowl of kofta curry!!
    Prathima Rao
    Prats Corner

  29. Woww Priya… what lovely Koftas they are… I extremely like that thick gravy in which those koftas are swimming heartily asking to be eaten… Ohh!! Wish you were my neighbour :)

  30. Yumm yumm.. loved those sweet potato and chick peas koftas:-)Wud love to hav it in Pita bread:-)Perfectoooo

  31. wow, this sure looks so yummy, a wonderful recipe and lovely clicks..

  32. Yummy Koftas n gravy…looks picture perfect…I have to try this…adding to my list!!

  33. i love sweet potato and will have to try this :)

  34. voww!!! koftas are looking grt dear…..
    ur clicks make us drool here…

  35. Koftas are one of my favourites anytime….looks delicious!

  36. The gravy looks so rich and creamy..that too without any cream….love this

  37. Thanks a bunch for dropping at my blog and so do the precious comments you left.You have a beautiful space.I'm following you now thru fb n google and not forgettable you're my fb friend too.Have lovely weekend my dear Priya.

  38. I can have those scrumptious looking and healthy potato balls all by itself without the sauce. I simply love how you come up with such lovely twists without much effort. Nice!

  39. I always learn something when I visit here. This looks and sounds delicious. You have created a lovely spot for your readers to visit and I always enjoy the time I spend here. I hope you have a great day. Blessings…Mary

  40. I love malai kofta 😀 Yours looks so yummy.. And I have to try your potato version 😀

  41. I'm speechless and can't find the words to tell you how delicious this looks..Thank you so much for sharing this.. I am making this over the weekend…nice and innovative recipe!

  42. The dish looks lovely….And an attractive color.
    I have never tried and savory dish with sweet potato…thanks for the inspiration would be trying it :)

  43. wow sweet potato kofta, and wonderful that you shallow fried them looks great!

  44. This is a terrific kofta presentation, and very versatile. Would go good yeah in pita bread.
    Thank You.

  45. I love koftas of all kind, and this one sure looks good…


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