Here is the dish that Mala Ray Chatterjee prepared for MasterChef 3 auditions held in her city. This dish got her shortlisted for the next round out of the 400 odd other contestants. No mean feat but one mean dish !! The photograph is from her station at the audition. Enjoy!!!
Vegetarians can make koftas with mashed boiled potatoes, grated cabbage, carrots, beetroot with the same gravy.
Mutton mince, deboned 500 gms. (makes 20 koftas)
Onions, large, 5-6 chopped
Ginger, 2 inches, paste
Garlic, 20-22 cloves,paste
Green chilies, 6-7, finely chopped
Tomatoes, Large, 3 chopped
Roasted Bengal gram flour, 2 tbsp ( can substitute with whole wheat flour)
Curd. Whisked, 3-4 tsp
Turmeric, ½ tsp
Salt, to taste
Red Chili powder, to taste
Garam masala powder, ½ tsp
Water, if needed
Oil ,for frying
Boiled Eggs, for garnishing
Fry onions, whole garam masala, ginger, garlic, green chillies. When they are nearly done, add the tomatoes. Fry till the masala is all mashed together and has released oil.
Make a paste of this masala and sieve it to get a smooth gravy. Keep it aside.
Add a tablespoon of the masala paste to the mince, salt , egg & roasted bengal gram flour. Knead well and make small round balls.
Heat oil for frying the koftas. Add whole garam masala & bayleaf to the oil before you add the koftas. Drop the koftas in hot oil one by one. Reduce flame to sim, cook covered for 5-7 minutes on both sides.
Add the masala paste/gravy made earlier to the koftas along with curd. salt, turmeric & chilli powder. Simmer for 4-5 minutes. Add garam masala powder (the same garam masala that you put in the koftas. otherwise the taste will clash.)
You can add water, if you want a thinner gravy.(this one doesn’t hv any added water)
Serve garnished with boiled eggs
– Recipe by Mala Ray Chatterjee, Compiled by Mona Malik