Chicken kofta masala and vegetables curry

Recreated kofta curry from +maria nasir. I use bought chicken meatballs from IKEA to make this a delicious curry, I cook the chicken meatballs and vegetables in a rich, creamy and extra spicy curry.

I prefer my curry to be creamy and extra spicy to my palate and satisfied. Being creative I have also added Hen of the woods (fungus/mushrooms) to “gives it’s a distinct citrus flavour, and it’s a robust appetising citrus finish to the palate. It’s meaty, with a soft floral nose look, thus it’s more intense then the cultivated, as a result of it growing wild”.


20 chicken meatballs (bought)
2 medium size carrots, cut into bite size
2-3 kumato (green tomatoes), cut into wedges
1 medium eggplant, cut into bite size
1 small green capsicum, cut into bite size
1 small bunch of Hen of the woods (Fungus/ mushrooms)- given by friend (opt)
8 Tbs olive oil
2-4 Tbs XO chilli sauce, (given by friend)
2-3 star anise seed
1 Spanish onion medium, sliced
2 Tbs cayenne powder
1 Tbs garlic finely chopped
1 Tbs garam masala and mint powder
1 Tbs sweet Hungarian paprika
1 Tbs ginger powder
1/2 Tbs cumin powder
2 Tsp salt (adjust per taste)
1 Tsp coriander powder
1 Tsp cardamom powder
1 Tsp chilli flakes
1 can (400 g) diced tomatoes
1 small can 165 ml coconut milk
1 1/4 cup chicken stock
ground white pepper
Continental parsley for garnish


Heat oil in a cast iron over medium heat. Add onions and sauté until golden brown. Then ginger and garlic; stir about 2 minutes. Next garam masala-mint, paprika, cardamom, cayenne, cumin, coriander, salt and mix well.

Once fragrance smell, add ground white pepper, XO chilli sauce, chilli flakes; stir 2 minutes. Next add carrots cook 3 minutes. Now add eggplants, chicken meatballs, green capsicum, diced tomatoes, green tomatoes, and make sure its cooked through.

Once meatballs and vegetables softened and cooked; add coconut milk and stir thoroughly. Add hen of the woods, which give a distinctive taste to this dish.

Last, add chicken stock and stir (adjust stock as needed). Let it simmer about 25 minutes; curry thicken and reduced a bit. Adjust seasoning and curry consistency as needed. Bring it to a boil and then simmer for about 5-10 minutes. Sprinkle continental parsley leaves on the top. Serve with rice and a glass of red wine. Enjoy!!!!!

Note: I cut hen of the woods into bite size. You may want drizzle cream or whipped yogurt on top. You may use brown, basmati rice or tandoori naan (Indian flat bread). You may place chicken meatballs in oven to cooked then transfer to curry. I decided to cook my chicken meatballs with the curry. Its gives a soft bite to the crispy meatballs if put in oven. Search the meaning of hen of the woods on google for more information.

Maria Nasir original recipe:

There is another blog if you are inspired to cook curry: