Nargisi kofta – What could be more delicious and flavorsome than humble hard boiled eggs? These koftas featuring eggs encased in spiced minced meat, of course. Shape the perfect koftas, deep fry and serve with the vibrant lip-smacking sauce. Let this Indian version of scotch eggs be the star of the show.
With winter in full swing here, this is the time of the year when the one and only thing on my mind is more and more deep fried delicacies. I want to dedicate this whole season to rich, comforting soups and deep fried food. And I think comfort foods like this nargisi kofta is a must to bring in warmth to the cold days.
This Indian version of scotch eggs loaded with spices is totally awesome. And that red sauce is mouthwatering. I must say, it’s easy-to-make and so delicious. Moreover, it’s possibly one of the best appetizers perfect for meat lovers. A very delicious treat, indeed!
Traditionally, this appetizer is made with minced or ground lamb. However, as customization is the key to creating the most delicious recipes, feel free to choose any kind of minced meat you like. Even mashed potato makes an excellent choice for your vegetarian friends.
The minced meat is subtly flavored with ginger garlic paste, ground coriander, garam masala and coriander (cilantro) leaves. Adding red chili powder adds the spice kick. A couple of tablespoons of cornflour helps to bring the whole mixture together. Don’t have cornflour on hand? Sub with all-purpose flour or rice flour. Simple as that!
Apart from minced meat, eggs are an important element in this recipe. In fact, the word “nargisi” comes from Narcissus, a flower with a yellow center and white petals resembling the color theme of hard boiled egg. In this recipe, eggs are encased in spiced meat mixture and deep fried to make the koftas.
The sauce obviously adds another layer of flavor to nargisi kofta. It’s a delicious mixture of grated onion, ginger, garlic, ground coriander, garam masala, red chili powder, tomatoes, yogurt and a sprinkle of kasuri methi. Clearly, when paired with the koftas, it’s absolutely one of the best combo ever.
So, are you convinced yet? What do you think about this delicious meaty addition to your appetizer recipe repertoire?