For kofka balls:
1 cup Toor dal* *toor dal is also known as toovar dal
1/2″ piece ginger
4 green chilies
2 cloves garlic
1 small onion
1 handful cillantro leaves (optional)
4 cup buttermilk or yoghurt
4 green chilies, finely chopped
1 ” piece ginger, grated or finely chopped
1 teasp. each ground coriander, cumin, channa dal [roasted if desired]
1/4 teaspoon fenugreek
1/2 teaspoon turmeric
1/4 cup, approx.desiccated unsweetened coconut, ground if desired
For flavored oil:
2 tablespoon oil
1/2 teaspoon black mustard seeds
a few curry leaves
1. Wash and soak toor dal for a few hours. Drain and grind to a course
paste along with onion, ginger, garlic, and chilies. (I do this by
chopping the large ingredients and blending with the dal in batches.
Add enough water so the blender pastes, but not so much that it turns to
watery mush.) Mix in salt and (optionally) cillantro leaves. Form into
balls and steam 20 minutes. Remove from heat and cool balls. They will
obtain a somewhat rubbery texture as they cool.
2. Gently heat buttermilk/yogurt in a pan. Add spices (ground coriander,
cumin, channa dal, fenugreek, turmeric) and enough dried coconut to give
a nice flavor and slightly thicken the sauce. (I add all these
ingredients to a coffee grinder and grind to a powder.) Add ginger and
chilies. Add salt to taste. Adjust spices. It will taste like it’s
missing something until you add the flavored oil.
3. Carefully place kofta balls into sauce.
4. Heat a little oil in a separate frying pan over medium heat, add mustard
seeds and curry leaves. When mustard seeds stop bursting, add oil into
the curry. You may want to partially cover pan to prevent seeds from
popping grease all over your kitchen.
If you use non-fat yogurt, there is only 2 T oil in the whole dish!