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Friday, July 30, 2021

Veg Nurgisi Kofta curry

Nargisi Kofta is a rich exotic mughlai kofta curry. The recipe is a combination of mutton keema and boiled eggs. 
Nargisi kofta curry also known as scotch egg, is marinated mutton keema wrapped around hard boil eggs and braised in spicy rich yogurt gravy.
Vegetarians make it with paneer. 
But as you all know that I am very fond of Jack fruit so I made it using raw Jack fruit and instead of egg I used paneer.
I made my own style rich gravy using tomatoes besides yogurt. 
As I am vegetarian so I made my veg version of this dish for my son and myself, and for my husband I made egg curry but he didn't like egg curry and instead he had nargisi kofta and he loved it very much. 
I was so happy that he liked it. 

Kathal/Jack fruit is largely grown in tropical or close to tropical climate, It is largest fruit in the world. 

We can use raw jack fruit in various dishes like curry,  kofta, kebabas and many more and also make lot of desserts using ripe jack fruit. 

Let's start to make my version of dish named veg nargisi kofta curry. 

Preparation Time:-20 minutes 
Cooking Time: -  35 minutes 
Serving :- 4
Recipe Type:- Main course 
Author:- Hem Lata Srivastava 


For Kofta:-

  1. jack fruit 1/2kg
  2. Paneer/Cottage cheese 400 gm
  3. Salt to taste 
  4. Red chili powder 1tsp
  5. Chopped green chili 1tsp
  6. Chopped coriander 2tsp
  7. chopped ginger 1tsp
  8. nutmeg powder 1/4 tsp
  9. Clove powder 1/4 tsp
  10. Lemon juice 1tbsp
  11. white pepper powder 2 tsp
  12. Oil for frying 
  13. yellow food colour 1tbsp

For Gravy :-

  1. Tomatoes 4 no
  2. Onion 1no
  3. Chopped onion 2tbsp
  4. green chili 1no
  5. Cinnamon stick 1
  6. Black cardamom 1no
  7. green cardamom 2no
  8. Cloves 4no
  9. mace 1 Piece 
  10. Turmeric powder 1tsp
  11. red chili powder 1/2 tsp
  12. Cumin seeds 1tbsp
  13. Coriander powder 1tbsp
  14. Butter 100 gm
  15. 1tsp oil
  16. Sugar 1/2tsp
  17. Bay leaf 2
  18. Cashew nut paste 1tbsp
  19. Kasoori methi powder 1tbsp
  20. Fresh cream 2tbsp

For serving:-
  1. Coriander leaves
  2. Chapati or paratha
  3. Salad

Recipe procedure:-

  1. First we need to peel the kathal which is not easy job.
  2. Apply the oil on your hand then remove the skin of jack fruit then roughly cut them.
  3. Place a heavy bottom pan on gas add 4 glass water add salt and jack fruit pieces.
  4. Boil the jack fruit until it becomes soft and mashy. You can boil them in a pressure cookar. 

  5. In the meantime grate the cottage cheese in a large bowl and add pinch of salt,  pinch of nutmeg powder 1tsp, white pepper powder and mix it well.
  6. Take half mixture and add yellow colour mix and keep aside. 
  7. Take a ball and shape each portion into a flat round shape, place the yellow paneer ball in the center, bring the edges to cover it and give an oval shape like an egg. Make all the paneer egg. Keep aside. 
  8. Once the jack fruit pieces cools add to the mixer grinder and make a fine paste.
  9. Now add red chili powder, nutmeg powder, Clove powder and lemon juice, mix it very well now add coriander leaves , green chili and ginger. Again mix the mixture with your hand.
  10. Now add bread crumbs in this mixture for binding. 
  11. Divide the mixture into equal portion. 
  12. Now take jack fruit mixture for outer covering take one portion place the paneer egg in the center and bring all the edges together to cover it completely. 
  13. Heat oil in a pan and fry them until golden and crisp on medium hot heat .
  14. Keep aside  

Gravy Procedur:-

  1. Boil tomatoes with salt,green chilli, ginger, black and green cardamom, cloves, mace, cinnamon stick, cumin seeds with two glass water for 10 minutes or till the tomatoes gets soft. 
  2. Switch off the gas allow to cool then discard all the whole spices, blend into smooth paste.
  3. Heat 50 gram butter and oil add chopped onion saute until translucent add turmeric powder, coriander powder and red chilli powder stir and add tomato mixture mix well.
  4. Cook for 2 or 3 minutes then add cashew nuts paste and remaining butter cook another 5 to 8 minutes. 
  5. Add kasoori methi and cream.
  6. For serving cut the kofta into two place in serving bowl pour the gravy, garnish with coriander serve hot with chapati or paratha along with salad.


  1. I used bread crumbs for binding you can use roasted gram flour. 
  2. You can make your own style gravy, some people have it as starter so we can also serve as a snack for any party. 
  3. Besides jack fruit you can use paneer and potatoes for kofta.


  1. Wow this is an amazing kofta. Love the use of paneer to mimic eggs.

  2. That's one tempting kofta curry. So innovative, to use jackfruit and paneer and prepare a vegetarian version of Nargisi Kofta.

  3. Nargisi kofta looks delicious. Liked the way how you have used jackfruit along with paneer to make koftas, can get the flavours of it.

  4. Very interesting and innovative recipe with raw jackfruit. So flavourful and an absolute delight for a vegetarian like me. Lovely presentation. Would love to try this recipe once I get hold of raw jackfruit.

  5. I do make nargisi kofta curry but using jackfruit is such a great idea

  6. I had frozen raw jackfruit in hand and was looking to make a classic recipe with it. This kofta was the perfect recipe to use it. Loved the use of paneer to bring more richness.

  7. This turned out so good. Jackfruit is everyone's favorite in my family and they loved this twist. Thanks for this recipe.