Massaman Kofta Curry

28 September 2017 By

Koftas are meatballs mixed with spices and onions and are served in South Asia, Africa, the Middle East and Greece in an array of variations. This recipe is made with massaman curry paste and coconut cream so it leans heavily towards Thai cuisine.


  • 500 g pork, beef or lamb mince
  • 1 tbsp Latasha’s Kitchen Thai Massaman Curry Paste
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 2 spring onions, finely chopped
  • ½ cup breadcrumbs
  • ½ cup cooked rice
  • Salt and pepper
  • Oil for frying
  • ½ brown onion, sliced
  • 1 x 400 ml can coconut cream


  • Fresh coriander leaves


  1. Put all ingredients (but only half the curry paste) into a mixing bowl then with your hands, mix through until well combined.
  2. Take some of the meat, about the size of a golf ball and roll it around in your hands then form into a sausage shape. Place each kofta onto a plate.
  3. Heat some oil in a fry pan and gently place the koftas in to fry. Turn when brown to cook evenly on each side. Fry the sliced onion alongside the koftas.
  4. Add the other half tablespoon of curry paste and warm through to release the aromas.
  5. When the koftas are browned all over, add coconut cream to the pan. Stir to cover the koftas and turn the heat down to simmer for 10 minutes.
  6. Serve over rice, quinoa or noodles or with steamed vegetables, naan or roti. Garnish with coriander.

The koftas will be tender, succulent and beautifully flavoured and you can mop up all that glorious gravy with bread or naan or simply make a bowl with your choice of rice or noodles.


  • If you want a less ‘saucy’ result, you can add less coconut cream. That way, you can use the koftas on flatbreads instead and add some thinly sliced capsicum, carrot, onion and cucumber. Wrap them up and pack for school lunches, work lunches or a very tasty picnic meal.
  • You can do away with the coconut cream altogether and barbecue or char-grill the koftas and serve with a salad or on flatbread with raita or plain natural yoghurt.

Latasha’s Kitchen Thai Massaman Curry Paste

Trust Latasha to pack so much flavour into a little jar! Her Thai Massaman Curry Paste boasts all the authentic ingredients of any traditional massaman. It contains tamarind, chilli, lemongrass, ginger, turmeric and garlic as well as intense shrimp paste, balanced out with fresh tomatoes. There are loads more ingredients so be sure to check it out and you’ll get an idea of the deep tastes you can bring to your kitchen table, courtesy of a single tablespoon!