Almonds, Meatball & Egg Curry – The Modern Pakistani Cookhouse

By The Modern Pakistani Cookhouse


I cooked my Badami Koftai Andai, or Meatball and Hard Boiled Egg Curry with blanched Almonds, for dinner and served it with fresh naan from a local Afghani bakery.

It’s one of my family’s weekly staples this dish, and I’m pleased to share the recipe with you.


  • 550g lean lamb mince to which I added (in approx measures)…
  • 1½ tspns Himalayan pink salt
  • 2 tspns paprika
  • 1 tspn turmeric
  • 1 tspn Kashmiri chilli powder
  • 1 tspn garam masala (mum’s blend)
  • 1 tspn ground ginger
  • 1 tspn garlic powder
  • ½ tspn roasted, pounded cumin


  1. Kneed spices into mince (taste and adjust seasoning if necessary at this stage by frying a tiny bit or popping a little of the mixture into the microwave for a few seconds), pinch bits off and shape into balls. Leave aside on a plate.
  2. Masala: cook onions in olive oil till softened with cloves of garlic, root ginger, salt and turmeric and blitz together to form a thick paste. My mother and I make huge batches of this masala base and keep it refrigerated (as well as frozen in tubs) for ease.
  3. I used approx ¾ of a mugful and poured it into my pan with a glug of passata. I added 2 glasses of water, brought it to the boil (checked the seasoning) before gently dropping the meatballs in. Lid on, I let the koftai simmer on medium for approx 40 mins till cooked.
  4. While cooking, I put 4 eggs onto the boil and once hard boiled, I peeled and cut them in half, lengthways, to adorn the finished kofta curry.

NOTE: I like to add blanched almonds during the cooking stage, much like my mother does her lamb/ meat korma dishes. They go lovely and buttery while still retaining that bit of a bite. Hope you try it!

Pakistani chef cookThe Modern Pakistani Cookhouse

Born and bred in London of Pakistani origin, Zareen is a dedicated home cook who prides herself on preparing ‘real food’ for her Irish / Pakistani family.  Wife, and mother of two young boys, she enjoys making the most of seasonal produce and pantry essentials, often combining exotic, natural ingredients to create unfussy, unpretentious, delicious, healthy food; bakes, puddings, teatime snacks and comforting family meals.

You can catch more of her recipes on her Instagram account @themodernpakistanicookhouse.

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