Thursday, July 16, 2009

Golyanchi Amti - Malvani Kofta Curry

Golyanchi Amti is a Malvani style kofta curry. Vegetarian koftas made from besan/chickpea flour and onions, are placed in the boiling water and then simmered in the coconut based spicy-tangy-sweetish curry. Serve with just plain rice.

Golyanchi Amti - (serves 6-8)

Malvani Kofta Curry


For Gole (balls)

1/4 cup onion, minced

2 tbsp cilantro/coriander leaves, chopped

1/2 tsp salt (or to taste)

1/2 tsp turmeric powder

1/4 tsp asafotida/hing

1/2 cup besan/chickpea flour

1/2 tsp chilli powder

1/2 tsp tamarind paste

1/4 cup water + 1 tbsp

Grind to fine paste

1/3 cup fresh coconut

1/2 cup onion, sliced

1/2 tbsp coriander seeds

5 byadgi chilies

7 black peppercorns

1 tsp tamarind pulp

1/2 tsp turmeric powder

water as needed to grind to fine paste


2 tsp oil

1/2 tsp mustard seeds

1/4 tsp asafeotida

3 cups water

You will also need,

salt per taste

1 1/2 tsp jaggery, grated

Suggested Accompaniment

Plain rice


1. Mix the batter for making "gole" adding 1/4 cup water first. Whisk to form a uniform batter without any lumps. Add another spoonful as needed. Set aside.

2. Grind coconut masala to a fine paste adding little water as needed. Set aside.

3. Heat a wide & heavy bottomed saucepan. Add oil. Add mustard seeds and asafoetida. As they splutter, add 3 cups water. Bring to boil on a high flame.

4. As the water boils, drop spoonful of batter, one at a time. Keep enough space between the droplets of the batter. Do not disturb while they are simmering. In about 4-5 minutes, these "gole" will start floating. This is the sign that they are cooked. If they do not float, give a light nudge with a spoon. That should help. Lower the gas.

5. Add ground masala, jaggery and salt to taste. Simmer for 5 minutes.

6. Serve with plain rice.

Note -

1. Though salt is added in the "gole", more salt is needed for the curry.

2. The success of this curry is getting the "gole" floating. For that, you need the batter of the right consistency. Also, make sure that the water is boiling before adding the batter.

3. I have reduced the amount of coconut. My family recipe calls for 1 cup coconut for the above proportion.


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