Kofta, a classic dish of Moghul origin, is one of the most important preparations of Indian vegetarian cuisine. Traditionally, koftas are simmered in a delicate sauce and turned into a curried main dish. These kebabs are wonderful served as cocktail appetizers with a yogurt or fruity dipping sauce. THE KOFTA: Combine potatoes, peas, cheese, chile, coriander, cumin, salt, cashews and raisins. Form mixture into 1-inch balls. Make a batter with the flour and water. Season with pinch of salt, if desired. Heat oil to 375 degrees F in a deep fryer or large heavy saucepan. Dip balls into batter to coat completely, and deep-fry until brown (do not crowd), about 4 minutes. Set aside. (If you want the kebabs to remain firm, put them on a heated serving platter, and tent with foil. To serve, bring cream sauce to a boil and pour over kebabs.) THE SAUCE: Grind cashews, cloves, nutmeg, cinnamon and garlic with a little water to make a fine paste. Set aside. Heat butter in a large saucepan over medium-high heat. Add onion and saute until wilted; stir in ground paste and cook 2 minutes. Add turmeric, paprika, coriander, cayenne and salt. Stir in half-and-half and water. Reduce heat and simmer about 15 minutes. (May be prepared 2 days ahead, cooled, covered and refrigerated.) Stir in cream and kofta kebabs. Bring to a boil, then remove from heat. Garnish with cilantro and serve immediately. Note: Chick-pea flour (also called besan) may be purchased at Indian grocery stores. PER SERVING: 645 calories, 15 g protein, 54 g carbohydrate, 43 g fat (19 g saturated), 86 mg cholesterol, 1,450 mg sodium, 8 g fiber. Recipe by: Laxmi Hiremath in the San Francisco Chronicle, 6/92 Posted to recipelu-digest by Sharon Raghavachary
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|Serving Size: 1 Serving (862g)|
|Recipe Makes: 4|
|Calories from Fat: 889 (67%)|
|Amt Per Serving||% DV|
|Total Fat 98.7g||132 %|
|Saturated Fat 58.5g||293 %|
|Monounsaturated Fat 28.4g|
|Polyunsanturated Fat 5.5g|
|Cholesterol 276.1mg||85 %|
|Sodium 277.3mg||10 %|
|Potassium 2068.2mg||54 %|
|Total Carbohydrate 91.1g||27 %|
|Dietary Fiber 11.7g||47 %|
|Sugars, other 79.4g|
|Protein 29.7g||42 %|
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Calories per serving: 1325
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