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Cauliflower Kofta Curry

Cauliflower Koftas

Cauliflower Koftas

So what is a Kofta one might ask, for those non South Asians it is generally some form of ground meat shaped into a ball, that is cooked and then simmered in a sauce. The vegetarian version generally uses potatoes as the binding agent and another vegetable or cheese stuffed into the center. I have made a variety of Kofta’s – paneer (indian cheese) and raisins being popular centers for them. I came across this recipe using cauliflower and since I love cauliflower I thought I would give it a go with a few modifications. And I have a cauliflower paratha recipe that follows.

Ingredients

For the Kofta
1 1/2 cups cauliflower, grated
2 medium white potatoes, boiled and mashed
1 medium sweet potato, boiled and mashed
3 tbsp. quinoa flour (or oats flour)
1/4 tsp garam masala
1/2 tsp chaat masala
1/4 tsp black Pepper powder
A pinch of Baking powder
2 tbsp. finely chopped fresh coriander leaves
1/2 tsp kastoori methi
1/2 tsp salt
Coconut Oil (or Olive oil) for frying

For the Gravy
3 tbsp. tomato paste
1 tsp cumin seeds
1 inch piece of ginger finely chopped
1/2 tsp garam masala
1/2 tsp red chilli powder
1 1/2 tsp coriander powder
salt
4 tbsp. chopped coriander leaves
1 cup milk
1/4 cup cream
3 tbsp. quinoa flour
1/2 cup water
Coconut oil (or olive oil) for frying

Method

For the Kofta’s

Skin the potatoes and boil them in water for about a half hour on high or until a knife goes through them easily. Pour out the water and let them come to cool in the pot. Put them through a potato ricer or mash them with an implement of your choice.

Heat a pan on medium low heat (more low than medium) and toast the grated cauliflower, stirring occasionally. You want to get the moisture out of the cauliflower. This should take about 5-7 minutes. The cauliflower should not brown.

Mix the all the Kofta ingredients together and form into 1 inch balls. You want to make sure your Kofta’s are more firm and not soft or they may disintegrate. Heat a little oil in the pan (medium high) and once its hot add the Kofta’s in the pan and fry turning the balls once they have formed a skin about a minute. Once they are done take them out onto a plate and set aside. Repeat with the remaining Kofta’s.

For the gravy

Heat a pan on medium high heat and add the oil. Once the oil is hot add the cumin seeds and let them sputter for 30-40 seconds until a little brown and they have released their fragrance. Add the ginger (carefully) and stir for 20 seconds. Then add the red chilli powder, garam masala, coriander powder, turmeric and stir for another minute. Add the tomato paste and fry stirring for about 2-3 minutes or until the oil separates.

Add the salt, water and stir to incorporate. Add the quinoa, cilantro and kasturi methi and stir. Add the milk and heavy cream and let the sauce simmer for about 5-10 minutes. If your sauce is too thick you can thin it by either adding water or more milk.

Add your Kofta’s to your sauce and enjoy them with Roti’s/Paratha’s or rice.

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Herbed Cheese Crackers

Herbed Cheese Crackers

Herbed Cheese Crackers

These are quick and easy to make and are really delicious. You can make these any shape that you want. I used a pasty cutter to get square shapes. However, you do need to measure your squares with a ruler or else your cookies will not match up :-). Make sure you roll out your cookies thin as they do rise. Let them cool on the cookie tray for about 1-2 mins before you take them off. Put the spread on the crackers only before you serve them or otherwise they will soften.

Recipe

Prep Time : 40 min

Makes : 25 – 30 depending on how you cut them.

Biscuit

  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • ½ tsp baking powder
  • 60 g butter
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 2 tsp chopped fresh chives

Cheese filling

  • 2 oz cream cheese, softened
  • 20 g butter
  • 2 tbsp chopped fresh chives
  • ¼ tsp freshly grated pepper
  • 90 g cheddar cheese; grated

Method

Preheat oven to 375F. Line two cookie trays with parchment  paper

Sift flour and baking powder into a large bowl. Add the butter. Rub between your hand until the mix resembles coarse breadcrumbs.

Make a well in the center and pour in the egg,  cheese and chives. Mix with a butter knife using a cutting action until the mix comes together in beads

Mold into a ball and put it on a lightly flowered surface.

Roll the pastry between two sheets of parchment paper to about 3mm thickness. Remove top sheet and cut into 1 inch squares with a pastry cutter. Re-roll the remaining pastry ends and repeat cutting.

Bake for 9 mins or until lightly brown. Transfer to a wire rack to cool.

For the filling, beat the cream cheese and butter in a small bowl until light and creamy.

Add the herb, pepper, cheese and beat till smooth. Spread a little on half of the biscuits and sandwich together with the remaining biscuits.