Nargisi Kofta

This dish is called Nargisi Kofta because when you slice it open it looks like the Almond-shaped Flower of Narcissus.  They are shaped by hand , then fried and dipped into a spicy sauce and served as a main meal with Naan.  You can serve it without the sauce as an appetizer.

Nargis Kofta

Nargisi Kofta







Serves 4


  • 10          small eggs
  • 1            onion, finely chopped
  • 1/2        tsp crushed garlic
  • 1/2        tsp crushed ginger
  • 1            jalepino, crushed
  • 1            tsp salt
  • 1/2        tsp haldi(Turmeric)
  • 1            tsp garam masala
  • 1            tblsp chopped cilantro
  • 1            lb ground beef, lamb or mutton
  • 3            tbsp bread crumbs
  •               oil for deep frying
  • 2            large tomatoes
  • 1            tbsp oil
  • 1            medium onion, finely sliced
  • 1/2        tsp crushed garlic
  • 1            piece(3/4 inch) grated ginger
  • 1            tsp haldi(turmeric)
  • 1            tsp salt
  • 1            jalepino finely chopped(optional)
  • 1/2        tsp sugar
  • 1            tsp garam masala
  • 1/2        cup greek yoghurt(2% MF)
  • 1            tbsp chopped cilantro
  1.  In a medium saucepan boil 8 eggs for 10 mins to hard boil, then cool them immediately in cold water to prevent grey rings around the yolk.  When cold, peel them.
  2. In a large bowl add the onion, garlic, ginger, jalepino, salt, turmeric, garam masala, cilantro, and 1 egg.
  3. Add the meat and kneed the mixture well.
  4. Divide the meat mixture into 8 portions and shape each portion into a ball.
  5. Roll the ball in bread crumbs.
  6. *On a plastic bag, flatten a ball into a pancake and place a hard boil egg in the centre.
  7. Pick up the plastic like a bundle and twist it.  The meat mixture should cover the egg completely.
  8. Beat an egg with a tablespoon of water.
  9. Heat up the oil in a wok or a deep fry pan to 350 degrees.
  10. Dip the Kebab in egg and deep fry it until golden brown on all sides, about 5 minutes.
  11. Drain on paper towel

Kebab Ingredients

Kofta Ingredients

Kebab Mix 







  1. Score a cross  in the top of each tomato, then plunge into boiling water for 20 seconds.  Drain, peel away from the cross, then finely chop the tomatoes.
  2. In a large saucepan heat the oil and fry the onions, garlic, ginger, till they are golden brown, about 5 minutes.
  3. Add the haldi, salt, finely chopped jalepino, sugar and garam masala, then add the tomatoes and mix well.  Let it simmer for about 5 minutes stirring once.
  4. Add the yoghurt and 1/2 cup water, mix well and simmer for 5 minutes.  The sauce should be thick.
  5. Add the kofta and simmer gently for 5 minutes on each side or until warmed through.
  6. Cut in half, sprinkle with cilantro and serve with naan.

    Sauce Ingredients
    sauce ingredients

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