Aloo Kofta – Potato croquettes in spicy tomato gravy

This recipe is a quick crowd pleaser. It is hassle free, easy to follow and is packed with amazing flavours. Well there is a reason for it, it is made with Potatoes off course ! Who doesn’t love potatoes. It is by far the most versatile ingredient used all across the world for both savory and sweet dishes. Today, i am bringing to you a dish which brings out a very comforting flavour in potatoes with this Aloo/ Potato Koftas !

Koftas are vegetable or meat balls which are traditionally fried and then dunked in a tomato gravy. Koftas for me have always been a luxurious meal which i loved enjoying with pipping hot pooris as a child. My mother would usually make koftas with various “healthy” vegetables sneaked into them and then give me pooris as an incentive so that i would happily eat them. That trick always worked with me and i started loving the combination of koftas with pooris.

aloo koftas

Today, i am creating the same magic my mom creates with one of my favorite ingredient, Potatoes ! My take – Made Koftas a notch healthy by roasting them in Appe pan! Read on the recipe.

Aloo Kofta – Potato croquettes in spicy tomato gravy

Aloo Kofta/Potato croquettes in spicy tomato gravy

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For the Potato Balls

  • 2 medium sized potatoes, boiled and mashed
  • 1/2 cup corn, frozen
  • 1-2 green chilies, finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup fresh coriander leaves
  • 1 inch ginger, grated
  • 1 tablespoon corn starch/ corn flour
  • salt to taste
  • 1/2 tsp garam masala
  • 1/2 tsp red chili powder
  • 2 tsp oil for cooking the koftas *

* We would be using Aebleskiver / Appe pan for this recipe.

For the Gravy

  • 1 tablespoon oil
  • 1/2 tsp cumin seeds
  • pinch of asafoetida
  • 1 medium onion, finely chopped
  • 2 tomatoes, finely chopped / grated (You can also add in 1 tablespoon of tomato paste if you want a bright color and thicker consistency for the kofta gravy)
  • salt to taste
  • 1/2 tsp red chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp dry mango powder
  • 1/2 tsp garam masala
  • 1 tsp grounded coriander seeds


  • Take a mixing bowl. In this, add in all the ingredients ( except the oil) for the potato balls and mash everything* together with hands or using a masher. Stick it in the refrigerator for about half an hour. This will firm up the mixture a bit. * You can also create a variation by keeping the mashed potatoes separate from the peas and stuff the peas inside the potato balls too !
  • After the resting time, remove the potato mixture from the refrigerator and now form them into small balls.
  • Roast these potato balls in the Appe pan using just a few drops of oil.
  • Roast evenly all the sides and remove the Potato balls from the appe pan once golden brown. Repeat with all the potato mixture. Keep aside.
  • Now, let us prepare the gravy for making the koftas. In a pan, add in oil. Bring to heat. Once hot, add in asafoetida and cumin seeds. Let the seeds splutter. Now, add in chopped onion and fry till golden brown. Next, add in tomato and spices. Let the tomatoes cook and thicken up on medium flame. Add in water as per the consistency required for the koftas. I wanted a semi thick gravy style for this dish hence i have not added water in this dish.
  • Add in potato balls and toss in the gravy. Let it cook on low flame for 10-12 minutes. The Potato koftas are ready.

These Koftas are so delightful ! Served these with pipping hot Spinach pooris (recipe coming soon) and the meal served us with all the warmth and love we needed on that breezy, rainy afternoon. Aloo koftas are exciting by themselves and when they are served along with pooris, the meal is made extra special. Make this dish soon and enjoy a yummilicious meal ! 🙂

Taking this dish to Friday Fiesta !

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  1. Prachi,
    It feels good to use the appe pan rather than frying the koftas, right? Yummy recipe!

  2. This looks delicious!! I love eating poori with potatoes – and the potato koftas would be even more flavourful for sure!! Thank you so much for sharing this recipe! 🙂 Happy FF!

  3. I have had neither, so I think i will wait for your post and try it some afternoon together! Would there be a substitution for the mango powder? Or would that ruin the dish? Thanks, and happy FF!

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  5. Reblogged this on Divine Spice Box and commented:

    Mondays are packed with energy, enthusiasm and hopes for a fruitful week. I am usually at my highest energy levels on Monday 🙂 It is days like these when i want to give a hearty surprise to my family and today i decided to pack some magic in their tiffin box. If your family goes gaga over potatoes (just like mine), this recipe is a feast ! I am transforming potatoes into something even more delightful – Aloo Koftas !!
    This is a post from Archive but as one says, old recipes are like hidden treasures which need to be dug out once in a while and re-discovered 🙂
    You can enjoy these koftas with pooris, parathas, rotis and even rice 🙂 I am going to be making some Palak Pooris to go along with these scrumptious Aloo Koftas today, just like in the pic !

    So, as a bonus, i am putting together the recipe for both Aloo Koftas and Palak Poori for you here so that u can make this combination too : )

    Aloo Koftas –

    Palak Pooris –

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