Prawn Kofta

prawn kofta

A unique kofta (meatball) made with prawns, herbs and spices. They would be delicious served on their own freshly fried as a canape with drinks, or with the tomato sauce as is displayed in the picture. Enjoy and Happy cooking x


For the kofta
1 kg frozen prawns, shelled and thawed
1 large onion, roughly chopped
1 chilli pepper, deseeded (optional)
1 handful fresh dill
1 handful fresh coriander
1 tsp minced garlic
1 tbsp lemon juice
1 tsp ground cumin
1 tsp ground coriander
1 tsp mild paprika
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp black pepper
1 cup rice flour

For the sauce

1 x 475g can diced tomatoes
1.5 tbsp tomato paste
1 onion diced finely
1 cup water
salt and pepper to taste


For the kofta

1. Combine the onion, chilli pepper, dill and coriander in a food processor and blitz until smooth.
2. Add the thawed prawns and blitz until a smooth paste forms.

3. Add the spices and lemon juice and mix well

4. Add the rice flour in stages, mixing on low speed.

5. Form the mixture into balls and deep fry until light golden brown. beware this will happen very fast as prawns do not need much cooking time.

For the sauce

1. In a deep wide saucepan, Saute the diced onion until soft, then add the can of tomatoes and tomato paste.

2. Cook on low heat until the tomatoes start to break down, adding water when neccessary.

3. Season the sauce with salt and pepper and add remaining water.

To put together – do this right before serving, otherwise the kofta will continue to absorb the sauce until there is nothing left. 

1. Put the fried kofta balls into the tomato sauce mixture in a single layer.

2. Cover and cook for 5-10 minutes, adding a small amount of water if necessary. Be careful when stirring not to break up the balls

3. Serve with white rice.

Enjoy and happy cooking!

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