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Palak Chicken Kofta

AKA…chicken meatballs in spinach sauce. 

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You guys! 

Please tell me that you are going to make it this weekend. 

Major YUM…

Enjoy with any flat bread to mop up all the sauce and while you are at it, lick you fingers too. 

It’s that GOOD.

Let the process not overwhelm you. 

Step 1 – blanch spinach

Step 2 – Chop all ingredients and group them into 2 bowls.

Step 3 – Make chicken koftas and cook

Step 4 – Cook curry, blend and finish 

Step 5 – EAT

Skill level – Advanced

Palak Chicken Kofta 


8 medium handfuls baby spinach ( 8 ounces or 227 grams by weight )

1  medium onion, chopped (1 1/2  cups)

2 garlic cloves, smashed  or chopped

1/4 inch piece ginger, smashed or chopped (2 teaspoons)

20 raw  cashews

1 (medium-large) roma tomato, chopped ( 1/2 cup + 2 tablepoons)

4 teaspoons coriander powder

1 teaspoon cayenne pepper powder

1/2 teaspoon garam masala powder

1/4 teaspoon turmeric powder

1 to 1 1/4 teaspoons salt, divided and as required

1 teaspoon sugar

1 pound (450 grams) ground chicken

1 large egg

1/4 cup + 2 tablespoons breadcrumbs

1/4  cup vegetable oil


1. Blanch spinach – bring a medium pot of water to rolling boil. Add half the spinach, push the leaves down to submerge in the water, and let cook for about 30 seconds. Using a slotted spoon drain the leaves on to a plate or bowl. Repeat process with the remaining half. 

2. Next proceed on to chopping all the vegetables and having them ready. Have chopped onions, garlic, ginger and cashews in bowl_1  and have chopped tomatoes, coriander powder, cayenne pepper powder, garam masala powder and turmeric powder in bowl_2. 

2. Now, proceed on to making chicken koftas – Mix ground chicken, egg, breadcrumbs, 1/4 teaspoon salt together in a bowl. Pinch of about 2 tablespoons measure and shape them into balls and place on a plate (a 2-tablespoon measure ice cream scoop comes handy). Place a small of water right next to you, dip your hands in the water before you shape each ball. This helps not to stick to your hands). 

3. Let’s proceed on to cooking. Add 1/4 cup oil into a large non-stick saute pan and place over medium high heat. When moderately hot, add chicken koftas in a single layer. Let cook until bottom is golden brown, gently turn over and cook until golden on the other side. Using a slotted spoon, remove koftas onto a plate , draining as much of oil as possible. (they will not be fully cooked at this point). 

4. Into the same pan (maintain the same heat), add the contents of bowl_1 (onion, garlic, ginger and cashews) and 1/2 teaspoon salt. Saute until it gets translucent and starts to get golden. Now add contents of bowl_2 and saute until spices are cooked and it gets a glossy. Take pan off heat and all ingredients along with blanched spinach into a food processor. Process for about 2 minutes until ground (DO NOT grind until super smooth). Transfer all ground mixture into the now empty saute pan along the the chicken koftas, 1/2 cup water, sugar and remaining salt (as required). Place over medium heat and let it come to a boil (will start bubbling). Cook for 1-2 minutes and remove from heat. 

5. Serve with naans / parathas / rotis / phulkas. 

Makes 4-5 serving





Friday 8th of September 2017

Oh my gosh!!! This looks incredible! YES, I will most definitely be making these this weekend!!

Maria Doss

Friday 8th of September 2017

Thank you dear:)


Sunday 3rd of September 2017

Beatiful! Perfect for sopping

Maria Doss

Sunday 3rd of September 2017

Thanks Patrick

Ashika | Gardening Foodie

Sunday 3rd of September 2017

Wow this looks delicious Maria.I am vegetarian, but the boys will definitely love it for dinner tonight. Thanks for a great recipe. Enjoy your weekend 😃

Maria Doss

Sunday 3rd of September 2017

Thank you Ashika. This is tradionally a vegetarian dish made with paneer (fresh cheese) instead of chicken. I wanted to twist it up to cater to my meat lovin family:)

Kelly @ Kelly Lynns Sweets and Treats

Sunday 3rd of September 2017

Looks yummy!! And your photos are absolutely gorgeous! Can I just come over for dinner?!!! Hehehehe xoxo :)

Maria Doss

Sunday 3rd of September 2017

Thank you so much for your kind words Kelly and you are totally invited for dinner or lunch:)