Easy Vegetarian Kofta Curry


My mother-in-law is Indian and let me in on a secret: The vegetable balls from IKEA® make for a great and ridiculously easy vegetarian kofta curry. This is ready in just about 30 minutes, making it perfect for a weeknight. Serve with basmati rice.

Prep Time:
10 mins
Cook Time:
25 mins
Total Time:
35 mins
6 servings


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil

  • 1 tablespoon butter

  • 1 teaspoon cumin seeds

  • 3 green cardamom pods

  • 2 whole cloves

  • 1 cinnamon stick

  • 1 bay leaf

  • ½ onion, grated

  • 1 (2 inch) piece ginger root, peeled and grated

  • 1 clove garlic, crushed

  • 1 (14.5 ounce) can diced tomatoes

  • 1 teaspoon ground coriander

  • ½ teaspoon ground turmeric

  • ½ teaspoon ground cumin

  • ½ teaspoon garam masala

  • ½ teaspoon cayenne pepper (Optional)

  • ½ teaspoon salt, or to taste

  • ¼ cup whole milk yogurt

  • 24 frozen meatless vegetable meatballs (such as IKEA®'s frozen vegetable balls)

  • ¼ cup hot water, or as needed


  1. Heat olive oil and butter in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add cumin seeds, cardamom pods, whole cloves, cinnamon stick, and bay leaf. Cook until spices start to sputter, about 1 minute. Stir in onion, ginger, and garlic. Cook and stir until onion is softened and just starting to brown, about 5 minutes.

  2. Stir in diced tomatoes, coriander, turmeric, cumin, garam masala, cayenne, and salt. Bring mixture to a gentle simmer; add yogurt and stir well. Add frozen vegetable balls. Pour in hot water to thin sauce slightly to desired consistency. Bring mixture back to a simmer and cook, covered, until sauce is thickened and vegetable balls are heated through, 10 to 15 minutes.

Cook's Notes:

The vegetable balls from IKEA(R) are vegan, so you can easily make this a vegan curry by using just oil instead of butter and using coconut cream instead of yogurt.

I make this family friendly by omitting the cayenne pepper, and it is still totally delicious.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

150 Calories
8g Fat
9g Carbs
10g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Calories 150
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 8g 11%
Saturated Fat 2g 12%
Cholesterol 6mg 2%
Sodium 542mg 24%
Total Carbohydrate 9g 3%
Dietary Fiber 4g 13%
Total Sugars 3g
Protein 10g
Vitamin C 7mg 33%
Calcium 66mg 5%
Iron 3mg 18%
Potassium 227mg 5%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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