Kofta Gravy

at the Maharishi Ayurveda Health Center in Lancaster, Massachusetts

Ingredients

  • 4 cups fresh tomatoes, blended
  • ¼ cup raisins
  • 2 Tbsp. ghee
  • 1 tsp. cumin seeds
  • 2 to 3 cloves
  • 4 to 5 bay leaves
  • 2 Tbsp. grated ginger
  • ¼ tsp. asafoetida
  • ½ tsp. turmeric
  • 1 tsp. gharam masala
  • 1 to 2 tsp. salt
  • ½ cup cashews (ground in coffee grinder or blender)
  • ¼ cup freshly-chopped cilantro
  • Brown sugar
  • 3 cups hot water

Directions

  1. Add ghee to saucepan and heat on medium flame.
  2. Add raisins for 30 seconds, then remove raisins from ghee and keep separate.
  3. To the ghee, add cumin seeds until brown.
  4. Add grated ginger, bay leaves, asafoetida, turmeric, gharam masala, and stir a few times.
  5. Add blended tomatoes and salt. Stir and cover. Keep on medium flame, and boil for 15-20 minutes.
  6. After 15-20 minutes, while stirring, add raisins, ground cashews, and sugar.
  7. Slowly pour in the 3 cups of hot water and stir for 3-5 minutes.
  8. Add fried balls, stir, and cover for 5 minutes.
  9. Turn off flame, and garnish with freshly-chopped cilantro leaves.

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