Pea and Quorn kofta curry

4
1 hour 30 minutes

Ingredients

Pea and Quorn kofta

  • 150g of Quorn mince, (I used the version that sits in the refrigerator rather than the freezer)
  • 300g of frozen peas
  • 2 tbsp of oil
  • 1 medium onion, finely diced
  • 1 tsp ground coriander
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1/2 tsp garam masala
  • 1/2 tsp chilli powder
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 2 tbsp of tomato purée
  • 150ml of water
  • 50g of breadcrumbs
  • 3 tbsp of porridge oats, raw
  • 3 tbsp of rice, cooked and cooled

Curry gravy

  • 600g of tinned chopped tomatoes
  • 2 tbsp of oil
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds
  • 4 cardamom pods
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 4 cloves
  • 2 green chillies
  • 1/2 tsp ground turmeric
  • 1 tsp garam masala
  • 3 tbsp of almonds, soaked in milk
  • salt, to taste
  • 150ml of water

Method

1
Start by making the kofta. Boil the peas for 3–4 minutes before draining the water and allowing them to cool and dry completely
2
In a pan heat 2 tbsp. oil before adding the cumin seeds. Allow them to sizzle, then stir in the onion and salt and sauté until they have softened. Stir in the Quorn mince
3
Sprinkle in the coriander powder, chilli powder, cumin powder and paprika. Stir the mince thoroughly before adding the tomato purée and water. Cook on a low flame until the moisture has been absorbed, then allow it to cool to room temperature
4
Blitz the peas until smooth in a food processor, then transfer them to a large bowl. Combine the peas and the vegetarian mince mixture, then add the rice, oats and breadcrumbs. Mix well to combine until you have a form-able kofta mix
5
Make the kofta into even sized balls; you will get about 24 from this recipe. Place them in the fridge for at least 1 hour to firm up
6
To make the curry gravy, heat the oil in a heavy-based pan and add the cumin seeds, chillies, cardamom pods, cinnamon and cloves, allowing the cumin seeds to sizzle
7
Add the onion and salt and sauté until the garlic lightly softens. Mix in the tinned tomatoes
8
Sprinkle in the garam masala and bring the curry gravy to a very gentle simmer. Grind the almonds and milk to a paste, then add to the sauce with the water. Simmer the curry gravy until thickened and the water has reduced slightly – this should take approximately 10 minutes
9
To cook the kofta, heat 1 tbsp. of oil in a non-stick pan and gently fry the kofta until they are golden brown all over
10
When you are ready to serve, don’t immerse them completely in the gravy, simply sit them on top as this will ensure that the kofta maintain their shape