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.


Recipe Summary

10 mins
25 mins
35 mins
6 servings


Original recipe yields 6 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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  • 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.

  • 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

150 calories; protein 9.8g; carbohydrates 9g; fat 8.4g; cholesterol 6.4mg; sodium 541.9mg. Full Nutrition

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Rating: 5 stars
absolutely delicious! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
The author could have used a better looking pot for the presentation. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
I substituted in meatless meatballs. The recipe overall was a little disappointing to me, but my meat-eating friends enjoyed it! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
I would give this 6 stars if I could! This was amazing and I'll definitely make it again! I served it with Grapevine Spice and Tea Exchange Thai Green Curry Rice blend salad and Little Penguin Shiraz. Happy I made enough for two meals! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
Delicious! No IKEA around here so I used Vegan Meatballs from Garden. Would also be nice with veggies next time I ll try Cauliflower Peas or Mushrooms. Husband says it is a keeper. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
absolutely delicious! Read More