Note: This is the fifth of seven recipe installments, which compose a classic Northern Indian Feast. Fine Indian cuisine is not noted for its brevity. The good news is that each of Achla Karnani’s recipes may be made well in advance, then reheated prior to serving. Or divide the recipes among your friends, staging your own Indian Feast pot luck. All spices and dry ingredients are available at Indian grocery stores, Bombay Grocers on Packard in Ann Arbor
If there were only one global comfort food, meatballs — fashioned according to various culture’s palates — may be it. “My kids will eat these meatballs at any time, for any meal,” Achla says.
According to wikipedia, kofta is a Middle Eastern and South Asian meatball or meatloaf. Generally they are made with meat, lamb, goat or seafood and fashioned with spices. Vegetarian kofta is made with rice, bulgur, vegetables and spices.
I would imagine an Indian styled sub — made with these meatballs, tandoori sauce and cilantro housed in flatbread — would be delicious. Or simply serve them on top of rice and lentils.
These are fried, and I’ve eaten other Indian-styled meatballs cooked in tomato and/or curry sauces. There was enough flavor going on with the Indian Feast we prepared, and additional sauces were not necessary. We enjoyed ours accompanied simply with plain yogurt.
Friday I posted a classic chopped Indian salad, the days prior to that a recipe for Chicken Biryani, Indian Cauliflower and Green Tomato Curry. I’ll finish the series with Dal and Chapati. If you’re a fan of the kaleidoscopic cuisine of India, particularly Northern India, you may be interested in following them.