Make easy home-made vegetarian, gluten free curry
Thomas cuisine chef norman shaw shows us how to make this quick indian curry called malai Kofta at home, using fresh ingredients.
Indian Curry is a flavorful and comforting dish that many people enjoy, especially in cold weather. One popular curry dish is called Malai Kofta. Malai means creamy in Hindi, and Kofta is a type of vegetarian dumpling that many people use instead of a traditional meatball. To make Malai Kofta, we create a creamy, non-dairy, curry with freshly sautéed veggies, and add the Kofta (lentil dumplings) on top. This unique recipe comes to us from our Food Service Director and Chef, Norman Shaw who works at our location in Providence St. Mary Medical Center in Walla Walla, WA. Norman has unique knowledge when it comes to food; especially as a vegetarian from a long line of lentil farmers. There is truly no better teacher we could learn from to make lentil dumplings.
what is a lentil dumpling?
A lentil dumpling is basically magic. A lentil dumpling is also called ‘Kofta’. You can read and see how to make lentil dumplings by watching our how-to video and downloading our free Malai Kofta recipe. To make these dumplings, (also called Kofta) all you need is lentils, salt, water, oil, and a skillet that has high enough sides for frying the lentil batter in the oil. Once you blend the lentils, water, and salt, you carefully pour about a quarter cup of the lentil batter in hot oil, rolling the dumpling over as it puffs up and becomes golden. The result of frying blended lentils is a delightfully hot and fluffy dumpling. But how does the dumpling become fluffy if there is no ingredient such as baking powder for leavening? The answer: aeration during the blending process. Little air bubbles get into the lentils as they are blended together, and when the batter is placed in the oil to cook, the air bubbles create space, which causes fluffiness in the dumpling. Lentils are a high-protein plant product; they are gluten free, inexpensive, and they contain an array of different acids and vitamins that our bodies need. Because of these dietary benefits, our dieticians feel that using lentils is a great source of plant-based protein for our diet.
how to make malai kofta indian curry
Follow the recipe below to make both the lentil dumplings and Malai Indian Curry. This creamy, dairy-free, tomato-based curry uses fresh spices, tomato, and coconut milk to simmer common and tasty vegetables that the whole family can enjoy. Our recipe features veggies like beans, onion, and sweet potato, but this curry is so flexible, you use any vegetable that you have available. To make this recipe, combine all ingredients per our directions, and simmer until the vegetables are cooked. Serve with some hot Kofta (lentil dumplings) and you have your new comforting favorite for fall cooking!