Cook's Hideout: Palak Kofta Curry (Spinach Kofta Curry)

January 26, 2013

Palak Kofta Curry (Spinach Kofta Curry)

Blogging Marathon# 24: Day 3
Theme: Cooking from Restaurant Menu
Dish: Palak Kofta
For the last day of this month's BM, I made Palak Kofta from the "Hamari Pasand" section of India House Restaurant menu. This recipe is from one of the cooking shows that I have started to watch with my mom on an Indian channel. As if I don't have enough bookmarks of recipes I want to make, I have started to note more recipes from Telugu cooking channels. I think I need 2 lifetimes to make all the recipes on my bookmarks.

The koftas are extremely easy to make with just a few ingredients and the palak gravy is very similar to the gravy in palak paneer. But I think the koftas would taste great even in a tomato-cashew based gravy too. One thing I noticed about the koftas is that they are extremely delicate and need a very gentle hand when frying.
For Koftas:
Potato - 2 medium, boiled, peeled and mashed
Paneer - ½cup
Milk powder - 2tbsp
Red chili powder - 1tsp (or more to taste)
Salt - to taste

For Gravy:
Spinach - 4 cups, chopped
Green chilies - 2, chopped
Onion - 1 medium, finely chopped
Ginger + garlic paste - 1tsp
Tomato puree - ½cup
Almond butter - 1tbsp
Garam Masala - ½tsp
Red chili powder - ½tsp
Salt - to taste

  • Make the Koftas: Mix all the ingredients into a smooth dough. Divide the mixture into equal balls and deep fry until golden brown. Remove onto paper towel lined plate and set aside until ready to use.
  • Make the Gravy: Heat 1tsp oil in a saute pan, add spinach and green chilies; cook till spinach is just wilted, about 2-3 minutes. remove from the pan and grind to a smooth paste when cool enough to handle.
  • Wipe the saute pan and heat 1tbsp oil. Add the onions and saute until they turn translucent. Add ginger-garlic paste and cook for 1 minute.
  • Next add the tomato puree along with the dry masalas and cook for 5 minutes. Add the spinach puree, salt and ½cup of water. Simmer the mixture on low flame until the gravy thickens and flavors meld together.
  • Finally add garam masala and cook for 1 more minute. 
  • When ready to serve, place the koftas in a serving bowl and pour the gravy on top. Serve hot with rotis or rice.
We enjoyed our curry with Jeera rice.
Lets check what my fellow marathoners have cooked for the last day of BM# 24.


  1. I absolutely love this one - looks so good

  2. Never tried adding milk powder in koftas,is there any specific reason for it?

    Wonderful curry looks catchy and eye pleasing.

  3. Looks delicious and the gravy is rich and creamy.

  4. Lovely recipe...and that's an nice kadai...

  5. Sounds very inviting and loved the clicks especially the second picture..

  6. The lofts look nice and are of uniform size, without breaking! Now, if I get all three of it correctly, then there is reason for celebration :))

    Nice curry,

  7. never heard of this is cool way to get healthy stuff in ur tummy

  8. Sounds great! I do put a little milk powder in some of my gravies :)

  9. Very good combo look so fresh and delicious.

  10. This is new. I have heard of kofta appreciated them too but in palak gravy sounds interesting.

  11. Very good choice and the koftas look amazing


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