This Indian curry is so good it’s going to make you want to buy extra kale every week. You would never guess while eating it, but the spiced kofta hides an entire huge bunch of curly kale in it! When kale is mixed with some mashed potato and chickpea flour, then fried (or baked, your call) to golden perfection, the resulting kofta tastes like a fully guilt-ridden indulgence, until wait! you remember, you’re basically just eating protein packed kale balls.
And possibly the best part is that you get to eat them with a tangy spiced yogurt sauce (kadhi). Yogurt is thickened to a creamy gravy with chickpea flour, and flavored simply with turmeric, fenugreek, chilis, and garlic. A squeeze of fresh lemon juice provides the extra tang that your vegan yogurt may be lacking. When finished off with a little drizzle of 5-minute chili oil, you’ll forget you’re at home cause things got so fancy.
This dish is naturally gluten free. It’s full of protein and low in added fat (especially if you bake the kofta). And because it’s filled with superfoods kale and turmeric, this dish is extra healthy. Plus, it’s easy and quick to make, and it fills your home with the most tantalizing curry aromas.
When I was a pre-teen, my family spent several months living in a rural town in Kutch, a district in the state of Gujarat in India. My mom, a linguistics professor, was doing research there during a sabbatical. It was also a chance for us kids to learn a little bit more about my dad’s culture as there are a lot of Sindhis in the area. While we were there my older sister and I went to an English-medium Catholic run school. It was so not my cup of tea, the main reason being that they expected me to have my hair in two braids every day (as a pony tail every day kind of person, this was pure torture). And I learned from the government teacher that the US has a prime minister you never hear about (we don’t).
I also ate a lot of delicious food, prepared way richer than my parents ever cooked, with plenty of homemade yogurt on the side. Because, while the food was excellent and fueled my ever present hunger for rich fried foods, it was also very spicy. Especially for little 12 year old me. Adding yogurt to every bite was the only way I could manage eating the food, and what started as a necessity became an obsession. This love for yogurt did not return to the States with me, maybe it was the subpar options available at the time (the Greek yogurt craze hadn’t become mainstream yet), but for whatever reason, I was over it. That meant when I transitioned to eating fully vegan, yogurt was never a sticking point for me.
I haven’t been a huge yogurt buyer for the most part, especially after Wholesoy & Co shut down and there wasn’t a great vegan plain unsweetened yogurt option in stores. Recently, however, we have been buying and enjoying Forager Project Unsweetened Plain Cashewgurt, which I used to make this dish. You could also use your homemade vegan yogurt (and more power to you, if that’s your thing! Hi mom!), or whatever plain unsweetened yogurt you have access to and enjoy eating!
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- If you can’t find fenugreek leaves (methi) or seeds, substitute curry powder for both the methi and the turmeric. The flavor will be slightly different, but it will still be good! Both fenugreek and turmeric are typically found in curry powder along with a bunch of other spices.
*If you can't find methi but have fenugreek seeds, use 1 tsp of those instead, and add it when you along with the garlic and chili to cook in the oil. *cook time will obviously be a bit longer for baking, but it's hands off that way!
Kadhi (yogurt curry sauce)
To prepare the kale kofta
To make the Kadhi sauce
To prepare the chili drizzle
*If you can't find methi but have fenugreek seeds, use 1 tsp of those instead, and add it when you along with the garlic and chili to cook in the oil.
*cook time will obviously be a bit longer for baking, but it's hands off that way!