Kofta is a Middle Eastern or Indian meatball. I was lucky enough to find lamb version with masala sauce in the freezer section of Trader Joe’s ($4.99!) that required no more than 8-10 minutes in a pan. They are so flavorful – coriander, cumin, cinnamon, turmeric – so many spices! As long as they like lamb, even non-indian belivers could be swayed by these.
This is a PRIME example of making a full, home cooked meal with a little help from the store. The meatballs came from a box but then I ran with it so you almost forget I didn’t do the bulk of the work. It seemed like a no-brainer to serve the kofta over rice. But of course I didn’t want just any rice so I folded in some scallions, peas, and parsley. I topped the whole thing with Greek yogurt that I mixed with chopped cucumber, salt, and pepper. It all worked perfectly together. The baby peas are a little sweet so they picked up the cinnamon in the masala sauce. The kofta had a little heat so the yogurt was perfect for cooling it all off. If you don’t have a Trader Joe’s, you may want to look up kofta recipes. It would make this meal more difficult to prepare and would certainly take more than the 20-25 minutes it took me, but it would be worth it.
I was really happy with how this meal turned out, but after patting myself on the back for five minutes, I had to remind myself that I didn’t actually cook the kofta myself. Whatever. Having the wherewithall to pull it all together has to be worth something, right?