Nargisi Kofta

Kofta is a gift to the Indian cuisine by our Mughal Emperors. Simply translated, it means , meat balls. A commonly prepared dish with innumerable variations in countries of India, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Turkey, Iran, Arabs, Balkans, Central Asia and many more. Every region has it’s unique variation.

Nargisi Kofta = Narcissus meat balls πŸ™‚ is a part of the famed Mughal cuisine, especially, from the kitchen of the Nizams of Hyderabad.

May be this is what inspired the British Scotch Eggs !!

These koftas are made of hard boiled eggs wrapped in flavorsome mince and cooked in a zesty yogurt based curry πŸ™‚

nargisi kofta

Does the name sounds exotic ?? It is πŸ˜‰ and very aromatic !!!

Here’s what i did………..


For 2 -3 persons:

For koftas :

3 nos – eggs (hard boiled and peeled)

200 gms – mutton mince

1/2 tsp – garlic paste

1/2 tsp – ginger (grated)

1/4 tsp – tumeric powder

1 tsp – finely chopped onion

1/4 tsp – garam masala (Indian spice mix)

1/2 tsp – red chili powder

1 nos – egg (well beaten)

1 tbsp – rice flour

salt to taste

oil to fry

For the curry :

1 nos – large sized onion (ground to paste)

1 tsp – ginger paste

1 tsp – garlic paste

1 nos – large sized tomato or 2 medium sized (pureed)

3/4 cup – fresh yogurt

1 tsp – cumin powder

1/2 tsp – red chili powder

1/2 tsp – tumeric powder

1/2 tsp – garam masala

pinch of nutmeg powder (optional)

salt to taste

1/2 cup – water

1 1/2 tbsp – cooking oil

1/2 tsp – freshly chopped coriander/ cilantro


Food process the mince. Add all the ingredients, except the beaten egg and rice flour. Mix well.

prepared mutton mince

prepared mutton mince

rice flour

rice flour

nargisi kofta

Make 3 equal balls of the mince. Flatten it in the palm. Place 1 boiled egg on and wrap the mince around it, like a cover. Prepare all the eggs in the same manner.

Heat oil in a wok /pan to fry.

Now roll these balls/ koftas, one at a time, into the rice flour and then dip them into the beaten egg. Gently slide them in the hot oil to fry, one at a time.

nargisi kofta

nargisi kofta

nargisi kofta


Fry all three balls /koftas and keep aside.

Heat 1 1/2 tbsp oil in a pan and add the onion paste. Fry till translucent. Add the ginger and garlic paste and fry for another 2 mins. Add the tomato puree and all other spices. Add some salt and cook for 4 -5 mins. Beat and add the yogurt. Check for salt. Add 1/2 cup of water, cover and cook for 3-4 mins.

Add the prepared balls / koftas and cook for another 3 mins or till it is well coated by the curry. Take it off fire.

To serve, slice the balls /koftas, length -wise. garnish with freshly chopped coriander /cilantro.

It is a meal in itself and can be served with pilaf, biriyanis, naan or chapatis.

nargisi kofta

nargisi kofta

Happy cooking !!! πŸ™‚

Cheers !!! πŸ˜€

Taking this over to Angie’sΒ for Fiesta Friday #34Β πŸ™‚ Hope all of you like this traditional Hyderabadi cuisine πŸ™‚

And our two wonderful co -hosts SelmaΒ and ElaineΒ πŸ™‚

Happy FF my friends !!!




About andy

hi there.....friends call me Andy :) I am a school teacher by profession. Passionate about reading, some random experimental cooking, some hit 'n' miss photography......and i am a dreamer ;) Thank you for popping by :)
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43 Responses to Nargisi Kofta

  1. Koftas are a technique once mastered remain with you for a lifetime.. Nice recipe..

  2. Happy Fiesta Friday to you too πŸ™‚ these koftas look great, and I love the sauce, thank you for bringing them to the party πŸ™‚

  3. Love these Andy :). I can sure coat them with aloo instead of mince mutton ;).

  4. I’ve always been intrigued by Scotch eggs. Your recipe is so impressive!

  5. Lovely looking koftas and a wonderful back story too. The sauce really makes it something special – Happy Fiesta Friday!

  6. Arl's World says:

    Interesting dish …looks good! Happy FF! πŸ™‚

  7. Hilda says:

    It is amazing how much we owe to the moghuls. This is a beautiful recipe. Thanks for sharing.

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  9. Your Kofta looks very appealing and perfect, Andy πŸ™‚

  10. Looks gorgeous Andy…can’t bet the taste though. .. πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

  11. Sorry it should be this 😦 😦

  12. skd says:

    Awesome Andy πŸ™‚ My friend loves Nargisi Kofta and asks me to make it whenever she visits me πŸ™‚

  13. Jayeeta says:

    fatafati……..eta to try kortei hoche…… πŸ˜€

  14. What a neat recipe! I love that it’s basically Indian Scotch eggs! Maybe I’ll incorporate this into my upcoming St Andrew’s Day party… Thanks for the idea!

  15. Mandi says:

    Mouth watering. This is definitely nicer sounding than scotch eggs. Will make very soon, maybe for a dinner party starter. Thanks for sharing. Happy FF!

  16. Love this recipe Andy! Gonna give it a try soon πŸ™‚

  17. wow these look amazing, they’re like a much much better version of scotch eggs! (p.s. sorry I accidentally hit unfollow instead of like, so apologies for that notification haha)

  18. petra08 says:

    Wow! I love the spices! Meatballs are so versatile and your kofta with the egg inside looks delicious πŸ™‚

  19. andy says:

    Thank you Julianna πŸ™‚ I feel so honored !

  20. iamrorykelly says:

    These look incredible!

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