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Beef Curry Koftas with Rice and Peas

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450 gr Minced Meat (Beef)
1 & 1/2 tsp Garam Masala
1 tbsp Coriander dried or fresh - the fresh one was pretty expensive, so I used my dried one.
to taste Kosher Salt
1 tsp Mustard
1 tbsp Olive Oil
Curry Sauce
1 cup or 3 tomatoes Pasta di Pomodoro
250 ml Coconut Milk
2 tsp fresh grated Ginger
2 Spring Onion
1/2 tsp Chili Flakes
2 cloves Garlic
1 tbsp Coriander
2 tbsp fresh leaves Parsley
1 tsp Turmeric
1 tbsp Honey
2 tbsp Curry Paste mild
100 gr Greek Yoghurt
300 gr Basmati Rice
200 gr Peas
1 bag or 8-10 pieces Krupuk
to taste Salt
1/4 tsp Cardamom

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Beef Curry Koftas with Rice and Peas

A Jamie Oliver remake

  • Healthy


Lately I’ve been watching this TV channel called 24 kitchen and everyday I am contaminated with amazing recipes and ideas. And one of them was this beautiful Beef Curry Koftas with Fluffy Rice, made by Jamie Oliver in only 15 minutes. The original recipe promised me an amazing taste bouquet, with strong flavours and very, very quick food. So, fast, delicious and healthy food. But this story has some little problems that I found out about on the way and I would like to share them with you. Just, please, don’t get me wrong, it’s nothing wrong with this concept and Jamie Oliver seems like an amazing chef, but his 15 minutes and the “gorgeous tastes” that he is talking about on 24 kitchen didn’t quite work for me. But, hey, this is the reason why we have recipes and our own taste – to judge and improve according to our own pleasures. But now let me talk about what I learned in the process of making this:

  1. 15 minutes is not enough. I know you say “I knew it!” but wait a second. I actually managed to have my food ready in the pots in 15 minutes, but I didn’t have time to plate.
  2. to achieve the 15 minutes meal you need everything going at least 8-10 minutes before you actually start. So, water boiling, blender assembled, pans heating, everything cut and measured and all plates ready.
  3. it’s a mess! really, I used so many pots and bowl and pans and spoons that I had to clean 2 times more than I spent cooking.
  4. you need to taste! I admit I took out some stuff from the original recipe and replaced some of them because either I could not find them or I just didn’t want them. But, remember that to me the original recipe tasted pretty blend. So, if you follow that one, taste before you plate.
  5. you need a lot of spices, like a lot, lot of spices. So make an investment and get some.
  6. it can get expensive. I had to buy, except from the spices, everything, because I was out of rice and meat and almost everything and I have to admit that this is not a very cheap meal when you have to buy everything, including the spices.
  7. I don’t like cooking like this. I like to take my time and spin around and think and shape and weigh and bla, bla,bla. I don’t like to hurry up and I don’t like to run around from a pot to another.
  8. Be very careful not to burn your food. Your pan is probably not as good as one that Jamie uses so this might mean that you have to spin your koftas a little more than he does because they might burn or get stuck.
  9. This is a very nice and healthy meal and I love to use vegetables in such a great way
  10. You can bring it to your own taste. I made it more spicy and salty.

But, all in all, this is a great dish. Really healthy and very tasty, easy to make and definitely a keeper. So here you can find the original recipe and keep in mind that I added some things and that I avoided some other things. Feel free to try!

Short brief on how I did it:

shape meat -> cook koftas on one side -> cook the rice -> puree the vegetables in the blender -> cook the koftas on the other side -> put the peas in the rice -> add the spices to the curry paste and puree -> add sauce over the koftas -> put off the rice and stir -> break krupuk -> taste everything -> plate -> serve.

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First we take care of the koftas. Preheat olive oil in a pan. Mix in a bowl the meat, mustard, garam masala, coriander and salt . Divide meat in two, every half again in two and again in two, until your obtain 8 pieces. Shape, actually grab and squeeze, in your hand and place in the heated pan. Let it be for 5-8 minutes than turn on the other side, until brown.


Than we move to the rice. While the koftas are cooking put in a pan the basmati rice, with double the volume of hot, boiling water, cardamom and salt and put the lid on. Let the rice suck all the water, but after 5 minutes take off the lid and throw in the peas. Give is a stir and put the lid back on for another 3-4 more minutes.


Now that the rice and the koftas are both cooking we take care of the curry sauce. Using your blender or smoothie maker puree the tomatoes or paste, coconut milk, the ginger and the onions. Than add all the spices, the curry paste, the honey and the garlic and puree until smooth. Pour the sauce over the already cooked koftas and cover with a lid. Let them simmer for 2-3 minutes.


Break some krupuk or poppadoms, add the sauce with the koftas, top with rice and peas and add some Greek yoghurt for a fresh taste. Serve hot!


I am Adriana and I love food, as you can probably see from what I cook. I like to bake and I like to experiment with new tastes, and my 2016 resolution is to try to cook healthy and special meals every day.

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