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Dal Kofta | Lentil Balls in Curry Sauce

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This is my version of dal kofta, with vegetarian lentil balls and a silky-smooth curry sauce. Give it a try! 

This is not your regular vegetarian dal kofta recipe. I experimented with textures, flavors, and ingredients, and a new kind of dal kofta recipe emerged. 🙂

I was inspired by Veggie Num Num’s recipe and decided to add a personal touch to it. Even though I’m not a huge fan of Indian food, I do love a good curry or dal from time to time.

This recipe is worth the extra time in the kitchen. You’ll love how all the spices blend so well together. The contrast of textures between the crispy lentil koftas and the creamy curry sauce turns this recipe into a perfect comfort meal. I just love veg kofta recipes!

Dal Kofta Lentil Balls in Curry Sauce

You can serve this with a side of rice, or just do as I did. Place it in a bowl with some baby spinach and top it with fresh parsley and sliced avocado. The combination may seem unusual, but it’s so good! Trust me! 🙂

There’s not much else I can tell you about this dal kofta recipe, so just head straight to the ingredients list and give it a try! Let me know how it turns out for you!

Dal Kofta Lentil Balls in Curry Sauce

Yield: 6 +

Dal Kofta | Lentil Balls in Curry Sauce

Dal Kofta Lentil Balls in Curry Sauce Chiftelute de linte in sos curry
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes

Ingredients

  • Lentil Balls:
  • 1 cup red lentils
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 cup wholegrain breadcrumbs
  • 1 Tbsp psyllium husks or ground flax seeds
  • sea salt and ground pepper, to taste
  • oil
  • Sauce:
  • 5 button mushrooms, sliced
  • 1/2 cup sweet corn
  • 2 spring onions, chopped
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 cups vegetable stock or water
  • 250 ml coconut milk, full fat, unsweetened
  • 2 tsps corn starch or flour
  • 2 Tbsps olive oil
  • fresh parsley, fresh baby spinach and sliced avocado for serving
  • Spices:
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1/2 tsp ginger powder
  • 2 tsps turmeric
  • 1 tsp ground coriander
  • 1/2 tsp ground pepper
  • salt, to taste

Instructions

  1. Boil lentils for 15 minutes. Drain them very well and place them into a large bowl.
  2. Using a hand blender, mash them until they turn into a paste.
  3. Add the rest of the ingredients for the lentil balls and mix. Let the composition sit in the fridge for 10 minutes.
  4. Meanwhile, prepare the curry sauce.
  5. Heat oil in a large pan. Add sliced mushrooms, garlic, spring onions and saute for 5 minutes. Add all the rest of the ingredients, except corn starch. Cook for 15 minutes, on medium heat, while stirring ocassionaly.
  6. Add corn starch in a cup. Take 5-6 Tbsps of the curry sauce liquid from the pan, and pour it over the corn starch. Mix well. Add 5 more Tbsps of liquid from the pan. Pour this over the curry sauce in the pan and mix well. The sauce will start to thicken.
  7. Cook for 5 more minutes and remove from heat.
  8. Take the lentil balls composition out of the fridge.
  9. Heat some oil in a large non-stick pan.
  10. Make small lentil balls, with about 1/2 Tbsp of composition per ball. Fry them on each side, until goldern and slightly crispy. Do this until you finish all the composition.
  11. Once ready, place all lentil balls in the curry sauce.
  12. You can serve this with rice, or like I did, with some fresh baby spinach and avocado slices.

Nutrition Information

Yield

6

Serving Size

1 grams

Amount Per Serving Unsaturated Fat 0g

Dal Kofta Lentil Balls in Curry Sauce

Elina

Sunday 21st of April 2019

Another great recipe! It was an easy and super tasty dinner for the whole family! Thank you so much!

Ruxandra Micu

Wednesday 22nd of May 2019

Thank you, Elina! :D

Kelly J.

Sunday 29th of July 2018

This is really creamy! My husband doesn't usually like 'exotic' recipes but he loved this one :)

Ruxandra

Friday 3rd of August 2018

Glad you both liked it! :D

Christi

Saturday 3rd of February 2018

Can i make this with regular lentils?

Ruxandra

Sunday 18th of February 2018

You mean green lentils? Yes, but you'll have to soak them and boil them more. Red lentils cook really fast, but other types of lentils are harder to cook.

Lilu

Saturday 10th of June 2017

Do you think I could bake these instead of fry them?

Ruxandra

Wednesday 14th of June 2017

Sure! But make sure you spray them with a little bit of oil, so they don't turn too dry.

Heather B.

Sunday 16th of April 2017

Made this tonight and it's delicious! Thumbs up from everyone around the table. I made a few changes. 1. fried up the corn with the garlic and green onions. 2. The instructions say to make 1/2 Tbsp-sized lentil balls, but I made 1 Tbsp-sized and flattened them slightly into patties rather than balls. They fried up nicely. Love finding a recipe like this that is both nutritious and tasty.

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