Saturday 14 March 2015

Spinach Kofta Curry/Palak Kofta Curry- Healthy Microwave Spinach/Palak Kofta Curry with step by step photos

Today I am going to share a very healthy version of Spinach/Palak Kofta curry. The koftas are not fried in oil; rather they are cooked in microwave which reduces the calorie content. As the koftas are made in microwave, they retain the colour and also taste great. I came across this delicious and creamy recipe in Nisha Madhulikas, but I made some variations in the gravy and it was a big hit in my family. Feed your family with this healthy spinach kofta without any guilt. Do try out this kofta gravy and post your comments.

Here’s how to make Spinach Kofta Curry with step by step photos…


For the Spinach/Palak Koftas

350 gms [Cleaned & chopped]
Bengal gram flour/Kadalai Maavu
1 cup
Red chilli powder
2 tsp
Coriander powder
1 ½ tsp
Turmeric powder
¼ tsp
2 tsp [crushed]
Green chillies
1 finely chopped
As needed

For Gravy

2 tbsp
Cumin seeds
¼ tsp
One big pinch
Red chilli powder
1 tsp
Coriander powder
1 ½ tsp
Turmeric powder
¼ tsp
Garam Masala powder
¼ tsp
3 tbsp
As needed
Cilantro/Coriander leaves
2 or 3 tbsp finely chopped

To Grind

1 big
Green chillies
4 big
1 inch
Cashew nuts
Preparation time: 10 minutes                  
Cooking time: 20 minutes
Serves: 4-6
Author: Priya Anandakumar 


Grind the ingredients mentioned under the table “To Grind” and keep it aside. Grind onions and one green chilli separately, tomatoes, green chillies and ginger separately, cashew nuts separately and keep them aside.

Clean, wash and chop the spinach finely and keep it aside.

Now to make the koftas, the first step is to prepare the batter. In a wide bowl, add Bengal gram flour/kadalai maavu, red chilli powder, coriander powder, turmeric powder, salt and mix thoroughly.

Add water little by little and mix to form a thick batter without any lumps.

Add the finely chopped spinach, ginger, green chillies and mix really well, so that batter is covered all over the spinach.

Grease a microwave safe plate with oil. Make small balls with the spinach and arrange it in a microwave safe plate.

Keep the koftas in microwave on high power for 3 minutes.

Meanwhile let’s start preparing the gravy for the kofta.

Heat oil in a kadai, add cumin seeds , asafoetida and let it splutter.

Add the onion paste and sauté well until the raw smell vanishes and starts to change colour.

Now add the tomato paste and sauté really well.

When all the water starts to evaporate, add red chilli powder, coriander powder, turmeric powder, salt and saute really well.

Add yogurt and mix well.

Add 2 cups of water, garam masala powder and let it boil really well. The gravy has to be made thin because after adding the koftas, they will absorb the water and turn in to a thick gravy.

Reduce the flame and add the microwave cooked spinach/palak kofta to the gravy.

Sprinkle finely chopped cilantro, add the ground cashew nut paste and mix gently. Let it come to boil on medium flame covered for about 3-4 minutes.

Switch off the stove and serve it hot with steamed white rice , pulavs or any bread or roti varieties.
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  1. delicious looking kofta curry and healthy too.

  2. lovely that there is no frying involved! lovely kofta curry...

  3. i dont like palak in general but this looks like a great way of eating it
    Keep in touch

  4. Love any dish made with palak..looks tempting..

  5. This looks so amazing Priya. I buy 1 kg spinach every weekend from the grocery store and then keep searching for new recipes to use that in. This is another one in my list!


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