Kofta Curry – Luscious Curry of Baked Meat Balls

Kofta Curry - Luscious Curry of Baked Meat Balls  | With A Spin

Muslims around the world will be celebrating the Eid-ul-Adha holiday next week.  Muslims celebrate two great festivals every year.  I mentioned Eid-ul-Fitr before which follows the month of Ramadan.  The second one is Eid-ul-Adha, the festival of sacrifice, celebrated by Muslims around the world at the end of Hajj, the annual pilgrimage to Mecca.


The underlying importance of this festival is the spirit of sacrifice in memory of Ibrahim’s (Abraham’s) great act of submission.  Abraham’s willingness to sacrifice his son is regarded as an example of genuine surrender to the will of God.  Prophet Ibrahim was asked by God to sacrifice his first-born son Ismail to proof his obedience to God’s command.  God intervened to provide Abraham with a lamb to sacrifice instead. During the celebration of Eid al-Adha, Muslims remember Abraham’s trials by slaughtering an animal such as a goat, sheep, cow, or camel.  The meat is then distributed to family, friends, and to the poor and needy.  Eid-ul-Adha is also a time for Muslims to learn the value of self-control and make a resolution to practice for betterment.  For example giving up a bad habit or adopting a new ritual however big or small these acts maybe.

Meatball curry | With A Spin

It is very important to mention that the true meaning of sacrifice has nothing to do with compensating for our sins or using the blood to wash ourselves from sin.

“It is not their meat nor their blood that reaches Allah; it is your piety that reaches Him.” (Qur’an 22:37)

Kofta curry | With A Spin

Because wealthy and able Muslims are required to sacrifice an animal and distribute the meat amongst the poor and friends, family, there is a surge of meat dishes in Muslim families around the festival time.  My mom often made this kofta curry for Eid.  The succulent meatballs are great as is but they score extra points in the luxurious gravy.  Mom pan-fried the koftas but I bake them to make the dish healthier and less time consuming, leaving me free time to gather the other ingredients for the curry while the meatballs are baking in the oven.  The koftas can be made ahead of time and stored in the freezer.  Just thaw and make the curry if you are in a time crunch.



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  1. says

    So I’ve learnt something new today as I’ve only ever heard of the big holiday to celebrate the end of Ramadan. I really like the sound of these koftas in their yogurt sauce – I normally make mine with a tomato base so this would be a nice change.

    • says

      I am so glad that you liked learning about Eid Ul Adha. Yes, there are other Islamic celebrations besides Ramadan and the post Ramadan Eid Ul Fitre. Thank you so much for stopping by.

  2. kitchenriffs says

    I love kofta. Or any meatball type food, really. Love the curry flavoring – I’ll bet these are wonderful. Thanks so much.

  3. says

    Belated Eid Mubarak! I have been missing from the blogosphere for several months and not keeping up with posts by bloggers I follow, so I missed this one.

    Baking the koftas certainly takes away half the pain of preparing a kofta curry. This way, I could make a huge batch and then that what’s necessary. Thank you for sharing your technique & this useful tip!

  4. says

    I loooove koftas, and yours sound particularly delicious, with that tasty spice combination! Although I regularly bake my burgers, I’ve not baked meatballs before, fearing they would dry out. Will definitely give this a try! Interesting reading about Eid-ul-Adha.

    • says

      You are totally right, the meatballs are a little drier than the ones pan fried if you were to serve as is. However, considering the health benefit(less oil) and the time the dish saves, a busy mom like me still prefers baking the meatballs. Then again, when the koftas are cooked in the curry sauce, the dryness disappears. Thank you for stopping by. Hope to get to know you better in the coming days.