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Ramadan begins on 2nd April and we’ve got a cracking curry to break your fast. Our beef kofta curry is packed full of fragrant flavours (including chilli, ginger, garlic, cinnamon, cardamon and mint – phew!). It’s also Free when you’re following the Slimming World plan, so you can easily enjoy a delicious Ramadan and stick to your weight loss plans.

That’s the genius of Food Optimising – all your favourites are on the menu, so you never feel like you’re missing out. There are more than 150 curry creations on the Slimming World member website – including tikka masala, madras, rogan josh and more – to help you spice up your life and curry on slimming through every occasion!

MORE ON THE BLOG: Discover more about how Food Optimising fits into Ramadan here

Beef kofta curry recipe

serves 4
ready in 35 minutes
freezer-friendly, without the yogurt

What you need:

750g lean beef mince (5% fat or less)
2 tsp finely grated fresh ginger
2 garlic cloves, crushed
2 tsp crushed fennel seeds
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1 tsp mild or medium chilli powder, plus an extra pinch to serve
low-calorie cooking spray*
500ml carton passata with onions and garlic
1 tsp ground cardamom seeds
2 tbsp medium curry powder**
fat-free natural yogurt, lightly whisked, to serve
fresh mint leaves, to serve

What you do:

1. Put the mince in a bowl with the ginger, garlic, fennel seeds, cinnamon and chilli powder and season lightly. Using your hands, mix until everything’s well combined and roll into 40 walnut-size balls.

2. Spray a large non-stick frying pan (use one you can put some kind of a lid on as you’ll need to cover it later) with low-calorie cooking spray and place it over a medium heat. Add the meatballs and fry in batches for 4-5 minutes or until lightly browned then transfer to a plate.

3. Pour the passata into the pan, add the cardamom seeds and curry powder and bring to the boil. Reduce the heat to a simmer, season lightly and return the meatballs to the sauce. Cover and cook gently for 15 minutes, turning the meatballs occasionally.

4. Divide the meatballs and sauce between 4 bowls, drizzle over the yogurt, sprinkle over the mint and extra chilli powder and serve hot with plain boiled rice (we cooked ours with a little turmeric).

MORE FOR MEMBERS: You’ll find a comforting collection of curry recipes on our member-only website, including:

balti chicken
vegetable dhal
lamb bhuna
king prawn jalfrezi
chicken tikka pasta bake

click here to find your nearest Simming World group

*Some brands of low-calorie cooking spray may contain alcohol, so check the label first. Alternatively, it can be replaced with 1 level tsp olive oil (2 Syns).  

**Watch out for spice/seasoning blends that have added ingredients (like sugar, oil or starch). To protect your weight loss, count ½ Syn per level tsp/1½ Syns per level tbsp.

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