Recipe tweaked from a recipe on http://www.fatfreevegan.com/
Baked Spinach Kofta
makes 4 servings (5 balls each) for 2 WW Points
2 medium red potatoes, about 12 ounces
6 ounces fresh spinach (I only had frozen on hand so I defrosted it in the microwave and squeezed out the water)
2 ounces firm tofu
2 teaspoons nutritional yeast flakes
2 teaspoons lemon juice
1 teaspoon salt (reduce for low-sodium diets)
1 teaspoon cumin seeds
1/2 onion, minced
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 teaspoon minced fresh ginger
1/2 teaspoon garam masala
3 tablespoons chickpea flour (besan)
Peel the potatoes, dice them into 1/2-inch pieces, place them in a saucepan, and cover them with water. Boil until the potatoes are tender and then drain them well and mash. Set aside.
Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Add the spinach and blanch for one minute, or just until wilted. Drain well in a colander. (Again, I used frozen spinach, defrosted it in the microwave and rang it out.) Put the spinach along with the tofu, nutritional yeast, lemon juice and salt into a food processor (or high powered blender) and process until crumbly. Set aside.
Spray a large skillet with canola oil and bring it to medium-high heat. Add the cumin seeds and toast for one minute. Add the onions, garlic, and ginger and sauté until the onions are soft, about 3 minutes. Add the garam masala, stir, and immediately add the potatoes and the spinach mixture. Cook, stirring, for 3 more minutes. Remove from the heat and spoon into a large bowl.
Add the chickpea flour and stir well. Allow to cool until easy to handle. Shape into about 20 balls, approximately 1.5-inches in diameter. (Don’t worry about getting them perfect; they will naturally flatten out some during baking.) Place on an oiled cookie sheet or a silicone baking mat.
Preheat oven to 450F. Bake for 10 minutes and then turn the kofta. Bake for 10 more minutes and turn again. Bake for 10 more minutes or until all sides are lightly browned.
Serve with Cucumber-Soy Yogurt sauce (below), garnished with tomatoes, red onion, and hot chile peppers. This makes a delicious stuffing for whole wheat pita bread or chapatis.
1 small or 1/2 large cucumber
1 cup plain fat free greek yogurt
1/4 cup diced red onion
1-2 tablespoons minced mint leaves (optional)
1-3 tablespoons lemon or lime juice
1/4 teaspoon ground coriander
1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste
Peel and finely dice the cucumber. Place the pieces in a colander and allow the liquid to drain while you mix the other ingredients in a bowl.