Skip to Content

Goan Beef Kofta Curry

Sharing is caring!

This Goan beef kofta curry is incredible! 

Believe it or not, this beef kofta curry is from my cookbook ‘The Curry Guy Light’. It tastes just like you find in Goa but with less fat. Of course, you could add more oil if you like. That would be fantastic too but more calorific.


Beef Kofta Curry

So good! This light curry can be made in less than 30 minutes.

About this beef kofta curry.

If you like kofta curries, you are going to love this beef kofta curry! The beef koftas are simmered in light coconut milk, which flavours the sauce. You will find many curries just like this in Goa but for this recipe, I cut down greatly on the fat.

That does not mean you can’t use full fat coconut milk and more oil. If you aren’t eating light, go for it. I promise you, however, you will love this light version. You really can’t taste the difference between this and more calorific versions.

How do you prepare the ground (minced) beef?

If you have a good butcher, as him to run the beef through the finder a couple of time. This makes the best koftas. You could, however knead the meat to break it down for a while. That is the old way of doing it and it still works just fine.

Coconut milk? Is this really a light beef kofta curry?

You use light coconut milk in this recipe which still contains a lot of fat, unfortunately. That said, it’s just a little and you could reduce it should you choose to do so.

Then again, if you don’t care about the high fat content of coconut milk, go ahead and use the full fat version.

Make this recipe your own.

At the end of the day, you really should prepare this curry as you want. You are eating it after all.

Feel free to cook with more oil. Add more or less of the spices. Make this to taste and you will always be happy.

Yield: 4

Goan Beef Kofta Curry

Beef Kofta Curry
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes


  • 500g (1lb 12oz) lean beef mince (ask your butcher to grind it twice)
  • 1 tbsp cumin powder
  • 1 tsp coriander powder
  • 2 tsp chilli powder
  • 1 tsp flaky salt
  • 1 tbsp freshly ground black pepper
  • 4 tbsp garlic and ginger paste
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tbsp coconut oil or rapeseed (canola) oil
  • 1 tsp black mustard seeds
  • 10 fresh or frozen curry leaves 2 medium onions, finely chopped
  • 3 tbsp finely sliced garlic
  • 2 green chillies, finely chopped 1⁄2 tsp turmeric powder
  • 400g (14oz) can chopped
  • tomatoes
  • 400ml (scant 13⁄4 cups) light
  • coconut milk
  • 2 tbsp soy sauce or coconut
  • amino
  • Salt, to taste
  • Coriander (cilantro), chopped, to serve


  1. Start by making the koftas. In a large bowl, mix the mince with the cumin, coriander powder, 1 teaspoon of the chilli powder, the salt, black pepper, garlic and ginger paste, and egg.
  2. Knead well so that all the ingredients are mixed into the meat. Form into 16 small, golf ball-sized koftas, cover and refrigerate until ready to cook.
  3. Heat the oil in a large frying pan over a high heat until visibly hot. Add the mustard seeds and when they begin to crackle, reduce the temperature to medium–high, stir in the curry leaves and fry until fragrant – about 30 seconds should do nicely.
  4. Add the onions and fry for about 5 minutes until soft and translucent. Stir in the garlic and chillies and fry for a further minute or so. Add the turmeric and stir well. Pour in the tomatoes, coconut milk and soy sauce.
  5. Place the koftas in the sauce and simmer for about 10 minutes until cooked through. Check for seasoning and add more salt if needed. Garnish with coriander and serve.

Recommended Products

As an Amazon Associate and member of other affiliate programs, I earn from qualifying purchases.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 390Total Fat: 34gSaturated Fat: 22gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 10gCholesterol: 72mgSodium: 1582mgCarbohydrates: 18.6gFiber: 5gSugar: 11gProtein: 14g

Did you like this recipe?

Please join me on Facebook where I share all my latest recipes and videos. Just click that Facebook icon on the left and let's get to know each other!

I hope you enjoy this light beef kofta curry. It’s just one of over 100 light recipes from my cookbook ‘The Curry Guy Light’. If you do give it a try, please leave a comment. I’d love to hear from.

Skip to Recipe

Sharing is Caring

Help spread the word. You're awesome for doing it!