Venison kofta

Swap your regular curry for this rich vension dish using a spice mix that includes turmeric and clove to pack a punch. Mop up the sauce with naan bread

  • Prep:35 mins
    Cook:35 mins
  • Serves 4
  • Easy

Nutrition per serving

  • kcal 445
  • fat 28g
  • saturates 3g
  • carbs 14g
  • sugars 9g
  • fibre 4g
  • protein 32g
  • salt 2.8g


  • 1 slice of bread
  • 500g venison mince (ask your butcher to grind the mince twice to give it a smooth, fine texture)
  • 3 tbsp chopped coriander leaves
  • 5 medium green chillies, chopped (or fewer if you don’t like it too hot)
  • 1 clove, ground
  • ¼ tsp each freshly roasted and ground cardamom and cassia bark (or ½ tsp cinnamon)
  • 1 small white onion, finely chopped
  • 1 egg
  • vegetable oil, for deep-frying
  • naan bread, to serve
  • 5 tbsp oil
  • 2 whole dried red chillies, each broken in half
  • 2 cloves
  • 1 green cardamom
  • 3 medium onions, chopped
  • 1 tbsp ginger and garlic paste
  • ¼ tsp ground turmeric
  • 2 tsp ground coriander
  • 2 tbsp tomato purée


  1. Soak the bread in water. Squeeze out all the liquid, then break up the bread and mix it with the venison mince, 1 tsp salt and the rest of the kofta ingredients except for 1 tbsp of the green chillies.

  2. Shape the mixture into small oval portions around the size of a golf ball. Heat a saucepan or wok no more than 1/3 full of oil until it is hot but not smoking and a cube of bread browns in 30 secs. Deep-fry the kofta in batches until they darken in colour, then set them aside on kitchen paper.

  3. To make the sauce, heat the oil in a pan, add the dried red chillies, cloves, cardamom, onions, and ginger and garlic paste, and sauté until the onion turns golden brown. Add the turmeric and coriander powder, then 30 secs later add 2 tbsp of water to prevent the onions and spices from burning. Lower the heat, then add the tomato purée.

  4. To ensure there are no raw spices, sauté until the oil separates from the mixture, then add 250ml of water and cook for 2-3 mins. Add the kofta to the sauce and simmer gently, uncovered, for another 8-10 mins, turning the kofta very gently a few times. Garnish with green chillies before serving with naan bread.

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