Total Calories: 1,519
1. Prepare the coconut milk, the chutney, and the ginger-chili paste. Then boil the potatoes in lightly salted water to cover until tender, about 20 minutes. Drain, let cool, then peel and grate them into a large bowl.
2. Into the potatoes mix in the cilantro, ginger-chili pepper paste, coriander, salt, baking soda, and chickpea flour and mix well. Divide into 15 to 20 portions. Working with each portion separately, using clean hands, flatten each into a patty and place about 1/4 teaspoon of the chutney in the center. Then shape the patty into a smooth, round ball, with the chutney inside. Repeat with the remaining portions.
3. heat the oil in a large wok over medium-high heat until it reaches 325°F to 350°F on a frying thermometer or until a small bit of the dough dropped into the hot oil rises to the top in 15 to 20 seconds. Add the potato balls to the hot oil, adding as many as the wok can hold at one time without crowding, and fry, turning them around with a slotted spatula, until they are firm and golden, about 3 minutes. Transfer to an oven-safe serving dish.
4. To make the sauce: Heat 2 tablespoons of the oil (in which the koftas were fried) in a large nonstick wok or saucepan over medium-high heat and add the cumin and mustard seeds they should splutter upon contact with the hot oil, so cover the pan and lower the heat until the spluttering subsides. Quickly ad the onion and cook, stirring, until golden, 5 to 7 minutes. Add any remaining coconut chutney and cook, stirring, until lightly golden, about 5 minutes.
5. Stir in the coriander and fenugreek seeds, then add the tomato and cook until it is soft, about 3 minutes. Add the water and bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce the heat to medium-low, cover the pan, and simmer about 10 minutes. Add the coconut milk and simmer 3 to 5 minutes to blend the flavors.
6. Preheat the oven to 400°F. Pour the sauce over the kofta balls and mix lightly. Cover with foil and bake at least 15 minutes, or until the koftas absorb the juices and become soft. Sprinkle the garam masala on top and serve.
From "1,000 Indian Recipes." Copyright 2002 by Neelam Batra. Used with permission of the publisher, Wiley Publishing, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
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