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Zucchini (Courgette) Kofta Curry

VegCookBook by Praveena
North Indian Style, Plant Based, Gluten Free Curry recipe using fresh Zucchini (Courgette) and regular Indian Masala. Recipe below has step wise pics for both Stove Top and Air Fryer Methods.
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 35 mins
Course Accompaniment, curry, Side Dish
Cuisine Indian, North Indian
Servings 4 servings

Equipment

  • Food processor / Blender / Mixie.
  • Frying pan (for stove-top method)
  • Air-Fryer for air-fryer method
  • Sauce Pan / Vessel (for stove-top method)

Ingredients
  

  • 1 cup Zucchini / Courgette (tightly pressed)
  • ¼ cup Bread Crumbs / Powder
  • ¼ cup Besan / Gram Flour / Senagapindi
  • 1 tablespoon Green Chilli Paste
  • 1 tablespoon Ginger-Garlic Paste
  • as per taste Salt
  • 1 teaspoon Turmeric Powder
  • ¼ cup Cashew Nuts
  • 6 count Dry Red Chillies
  • 2 tablespoons Whole Garam Masala
  • 1 count Onion (large size) (cubed)
  • 3 count Tomatoes (medium size) (cubed)
  • 2 cups Cooking Oil (for stove top)
  • 2 tablespoons "            "    (for air fryer method)
  • a handful Fresh Coriander Leaves (for garnish)
  • 2 cups Hot Boiling Water (for soaking)

Instructions
 

PREP WORK (common to both methods):

  • Masala Paste:
    Into a wide bowl, add all these>>> hot boiling water, cubed onion pieces, cubed tomato pieces, dry red chillies, cashew nuts, whole garam masala (cumin, star anise, Cinnamon sticks, whole black pepper, cloves, cardamom).
    Let them soak for about 15-20 mins,
  • To Make Kofta Balls:
    Making Kofta balls: Into a mixing bowl, add all these>>> grated zucchini (courgette), bread crumbs, besan/gram flour, salt, turmeric powder, ginger-garlic paste, green chilli paste.

STOVE TOP METHOD FRYING:

  • Put a frying pan on stove top under high flame, add the oil and let it heat.
    When the oil is hot enough for deep fry, gently add the Zucchini Balls one by one.
  • After 1 min, turn to the other side.
    When the balls turn golden brown as shown, then using a mesh ladle, remove them out of the oil onto a tray with paper towel.

AIR FRYER METHOD FRYING:

  • Slightly oil-spray /apply oil to the mesh of the Air-fryer.
    Place all the kofta balls onto the mesh tray.
    Again spray each with oil (or) apply oil. Close the air-fryer.
  • Set the time to 7 to 8 mins, at a temperature 200ºC / 390ºF.
    Pause and reverse each kofta balls and again fry for 4 to 5 mins more at 200ºC / 390ºF. Done!!

TO MAKE THE CURRY:

  • Using a blender/mixie, grind all the soaked ingredients into a fine, smooth paste.
    Put a sauce pan on stove top under medium flame.
    Add 2 tablespoons of oil. Let it heat.
    Then, transfer this masala paste, into the samepan.
    Add the salt & ½ teaspoon turmeric powder.
  • Using a blender/mixie, grind all the soaked ingredients into a fine, smooth paste.
    Put a sauce pan on stove top under medium flame.
    Add 2 tablespoons of oil. Let it heat.
    Then, transfer this masala paste, into the samepan.
    Add the salt & ½ teaspoon turmeric powder.
  • Close the lid, let the gravy thicken and the oil show up on the sides of the pan.
    Then, add all the kofta balls into the gavy.
    After 2 mins, switch the flame off.
  • Transfer the curry into a serving dish, garnish with chopped coriander leaves. Done!

Notes

Please see the MAIN POST for recipe with step wise PICS & TIPS.
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