Meatless Monday Must-Try: Vegan Kofta Balls Recipe

It is with great pleasure that I introduce to you, dear reader, a delicious vegan recipe that will leave your taste buds longing for more. This recipe features Swedish-style vegan kofta balls that are sure to satisfy your craving for classic meatballs in a plant-based and cruelty-free manner.

Traditionally, kofta balls are made with a combination of spices and ground meat, but this vegan version features chickpea flour and a blend of aromatic spices such as ground allspice, ginger, and cardamom. These flavorful kofta balls have the same tantalizing aroma as the original Swedish meatballs recipe, without any animal products.

If you have ever wanted to try vegan or vegetarian kofta balls but were unsure where to start or thought they might not be satisfying or flavorful enough, this recipe is for you. Get ready to surprise yourself with how delicious plant-based Swedish-style kofta can be. So bust out your apron and let’s get cooking!

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Swedish Style, Vegan Kofta Balls
Swedish Style, Vegan Kofta Balls

Dearest reader,

I implore you, do not let the fact that this recipe is vegan deter you from giving it a try. In fact, I assure you that this Swedish Style Vegan Kofta Balls Recipe will surpass any meat-based version of kofta balls that you have ever tasted.

The blend of flavors in this recipe is truly exquisite. The combination of ground allspice, ginger, cardamom, onion powder, garlic powder, black pepper, and salt creates a symphony on the palate that will leave you utterly satisfied. And let us not forget the final touch: dried parsley flakes to bring it all together.

Moreover, this recipe boasts an impressive list of health benefits. Chickpea flour is high in fiber and plant-based protein, while cabbage and cauliflower are packed with nutrients essential for maintaining good health.

Lastly, this dish is incredibly versatile. It can be served as the main course with rice or roasted vegetables or as an appetizer with your favorite dipping sauce. The possibilities are endless!

In summary, I urge you to give this Swedish Style Vegan Kofta Balls Recipe a chance. Not only will it exceed your flavor expectations, but it will also nourish your body and satisfy your soul.

Ingredient List

 Mouthwatering Kofta Balls on a Plate
Mouthwatering Kofta Balls on a Plate

Below are the key ingredients you’ll need to make Swedish Style Vegan Kofta Balls. You can find most of them at your local grocery store or online. I also included some ingredient substitution ideas throughout the list, so feel free to mix and match to suit your taste preferences.

Main Ingredients:

  • 2 cups ground TVP (textured vegetable protein), soaked in hot water for 10 minutes
  • 1/2 cup chickpea flour
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped cabbage
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped cauliflower
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons dried parsley flakes

Spices and Seasonings:

  • 4 tsp ground allspice
  • 1 1/2 tsp ground ginger
  • 1 tsp ground cardamom
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • 1 1/4 tsp salt

Enjoy experimenting with these flavorful ingredients!

The Recipe How-To

 Vegan, Swedish Kofta Balls with Creamy Sauce
Vegan, Swedish Kofta Balls with Creamy Sauce

Now, let’s get into the thick of it and start making these Swedish Style Vegan Kofta Balls! Here’s how:


  • 2 cups cabbage, finely shredded
  • 1 1/2 cups cauliflower, finely grated
  • 4 cloves, garlic minced
  • 1 onion, grated
  • 4 tsp chickpea flour
  • 1/4 tsp ground allspice
  • 1/4 tsp ground ginger
  • 1/4 tsp ground cardamom
  • 1/2 tsp onion powder
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 1 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 tablespoons dried parsley flakes

Step 1: Prepare the Vegetables

Firstly, you will need to grate the cauliflower and finely shred the cabbage. Once done, mix these two vegetables together in a large mixing bowl.

Step 2: Add the Spices and Flours

To add flavor and texture to our kofta balls, we will need to add all of the spices (ground allspice, ground ginger, ground cardamom, onion powder, garlic powder, black pepper, salt) and flour (chickpea flour) into the mixing bowl. Give this mixture a good stir so that everything is well combined.

Tip: To make sure that your kofta balls hold together nicely when shaping them, don't forget to use the chickpea flour as a binding agent

Step 3: Mix in Onion and Garlic

Next, add in 4 cloves of minced garlic and 1 grated onion. Mix all of this together until everything is uniformed.

Step 4: Create The Kofta Balls

Using your hands, roll spoonfuls of the mixture into small balls, roughly about the size of golf balls. Make certain that each ball is packed and firm so that they retain their shape when being cooked.

Tip: if your mixture feels too dry or crumbly, try adding small amounts of water or vegetable broth at a time (no more than a tablespoon) until it reaches your desired consistency

Step 5: Cook!

There are several ways to cook your vegan kofta balls depending on preference. You can bake them in an oven at 375F for around 20-30 minutes or pan-fry them until browned on each side.

Once cooked through, serve with your favorite dipping sauce or gravy – perfect for appetizers, snacks or as a main!

Substitutions and Variations

 A Close-up of Our Delicious Vegan Kofta Balls
A Close-up of Our Delicious Vegan Kofta Balls

Greetings and salutations! Quite delighted to elaborate on the substitutions and variations of the Swedish Style, Vegan Kofta Balls Recipe.

Firstly, if you are not fond of chickpea flour, a flour that is a great source of protein and adds a nutty flavor, you can easily substitute it with almond flour, which adds a slightly sweet note. This could be a nuttier option that enhances deeper flavors of the koftas!

Secondly, if you’re someone who fancies an extra crunch, then adding shredded cabbage or cauliflower to the mix would elevate the texture into another dimension! For those who enjoy more complexity in their seasonings, swapping out dried parsley flakes for fresh parsley would add a brighter flavor and aroma.

Thirdly, for individuals who are vegan meatball enthusiasts and want to try different types while keeping up with their plant-based diet, there are numerous options available in the market today. Quorn Swedish style vegan meatballs have become increasingly popular lately for its taste and affordability. Additionally, enthusiasts can also try other vegan meatballs like IKEA style baked veggie balls or lentil meatballs to experiment with different textures.

Lastly, the sauce is just as important as the koftas themselves. If you prefer a creamier texture-based sauce like palak kofta curry or quorn shahi kofta masala recipe that has a cashew base instead of tomato sauce like the Swedish meatballs gravy recipe provides in this article, you can make that swap based on personal preference!

That does it for our substitutions and variations suggestions! As always, do let us know in the comments below which ones worked best for you or if there’s any additional variation techniques we might have missed.

Serving and Pairing

 Meatless Wonder: Our Swedish Style Kofta Balls
Meatless Wonder: Our Swedish Style Kofta Balls

Once the kofta balls are done, it’s time to plate them and pair them with some delicious sides. I recommend serving these Swedish style vegan kofta balls with a side of mashed potatoes and a creamy gravy. You can also pair them with lingonberry sauce, which is a classic accompaniment to Swedish meatballs.

Another great pairing for these vegan kofta balls is roasted vegetables, like cauliflower or cabbage. Not only do they add some extra nutrients to your meal, but they also complement the spices in the kofta balls perfectly.

If you’re feeling adventurous, you can even try serving these kofta balls on top of a bed of rice or noodles tossed in a flavorful sauce, like a quorn shahi kofta or palak kofta curry. These dishes are popular in the Indian subcontinent and make for a delicious fusion meal that’s sure to impress.

Whatever side dishes you choose, be sure to plate them beautifully to really make this meal feel special. Set everything up family-style on a large platter or individual plates, and garnish with fresh herbs like parsley or cilantro for an extra pop of color and flavor.

With these serving and pairing suggestions, your Swedish style vegan kofta balls will truly shine as the star of your meal.

Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating

 These Vegan Kofta Balls are Packed with Flavor
These Vegan Kofta Balls are Packed with Flavor

Dear reader,

One of the many things I adore about this Swedish Style Vegan Kofta Balls Recipe is its versatility. You can make a large batch in advance and store them in an airtight container in the fridge for up to three days or freeze them for up to three months.

Making this recipe ahead of time can save you precious time when you’re cooking for guests or packing lunch for work. Once you’re ready to serve, simply reheat the kofta balls in a microwave or oven until they’re warm.

If you store them in the freezer, you have two options to thaw them: one is to keep them in the fridge overnight and then reheat them the next day, or otherwise, place them straight from the freezer into an oven at 350°F (175°C) and bake for 20-25 minutes or until heated through.

I know reheating can often leave your kofta dry and flavorless. But worry not, dear friends. To avoid this, you can place a damp paper towel over the container when reheating in the microwave or cover it with foil before baking them again in an oven. Alternatively, try reheating them on low heat, saving their tenderness and texture.

In conclusion, this dish is a perfect dish for meal prep purposes as it retains its flavor even after being frozen or refrigerated, giving you ample time to prepare yourself for busy days or unexpected guests. I encourage you to make extra balls while cooking as they are convenient to store and reheat, making mealtimes more effortless!

Tips for Perfect Results

 Our Kofta Balls are the Perfect Vegan Appetizer
Our Kofta Balls are the Perfect Vegan Appetizer

To ensure that your vegan Swedish style kofta balls turn out perfectly crisp on the outside and moist on the inside, here are some helpful tips:

1. Mix the batter thoroughly: Be sure to mix all the ingredients for the kofta balls until they’re well combined before rolling them into balls. The more you work the mixture, the more easily it will hold together while being formed.

2. Bake for maximum crispness: If you prefer a crispy exterior for your kofta balls, use the baking method instead of frying them. Baking in a preheated oven at 400 degrees Fahrenheit until browned all over is a healthier option too.

3. Sauté veggies before adding them to the mixture: For better taste, it’s a great idea to sauté your cabbage and cauliflower with onion powder and garlic powder for extra flavor before adding them to the kofta mixture.

4. Get creative with toppings: Once your kofta balls are done, why not try mixing up different sauces or sprinkling fresh herbs like chopped parsley flakes, scallions, or cilantro on top?

5. Opt for chickpea or coconut cream in place of heavy cream: As this recipe is vegan-friendly, consider using dairy-free substitutes for heavy cream, chickpea or coconut cream will go perfectly with these kofta balls.

By following these simple tips and recommendations, you’ll have perfectly golden brown vegan Swedish style kofta balls that are sure to impress both vegans and non-vegans alike!

Bottom Line

In conclusion, this Swedish Style Vegan Kofta Balls Recipe is perfect for those who crave the classic taste of Swedish meatballs without compromising their plant-based lifestyle. This recipe is not only easy to make but also packed with flavor and nutrients.

By substituting traditional meat for chickpeas and spices, you will not only contribute to animal welfare but also support sustainability and protect the environment. Furthermore, this recipe offers versatility in terms of substitutions and variations, allowing you to customize it to your liking.

Whether you’re looking for a main dish or appetizer, these kofta balls will satisfy your cravings and impress your guests. Plus, with proper storage and reheating techniques outlined in this article, you can make them ahead of time and enjoy them whenever you please.

So why not try this Swedish Style Vegan Kofta Balls Recipe today and see for yourself how delicious plant-based living can be? Your tastebuds (and the planet) will thank you!

Swedish Style, Vegan Kofta Balls

Swedish Style, Vegan Kofta Balls Recipe

(They look like meat balls, and have a similar texture as well) This recipe is from "The Higher Taste", a Hare Krishna cookbook, with modifications to suit the westerner's palate. These Kofta balls contain seasonings which are reminiscent of Swedish meat balls, instead of the Indian spices found in the original recipe. The great thing about these Kofta balls is that my 3-year-old son eats them, and normally, he won't touch veggies. Everything tastes good when it's fried! Although these kofta balls are fried, they are not greasy at all. To start, You will need about 1 liter canola oil (expeller pressed, or other oil for deep frying).
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Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Servings 24 Kofta Balls
Calories 161.5 kcal


  • 2 cups cauliflower (grated)
  • 2 cups cabbage (grated)
  • 1 1/2 cups chickpea flour (garbanzo bean flour)
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons dried parsley flakes
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt (or VEGE-SAL)
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper (or white pepper)
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cardamom
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground allspice


  • Heat enough oil in a pan that's appropriate for deed-frying foods; the oil should be at least 1 inch deep.
  • Combine all ingredients in a bowl; mush the mixture through your clean hands until well combined and balls can be formed. Form dough into approximately 24 balls that measure roughly about 1 inch in diameter. Resist the temptation to add liquids to the mix. There is enough liquid in the grated vegetables to make the mixture come together. If you absolutely must, add no more than a teaspoon of liquid.
  • Place as many of the balls in the hot, but not smoking, oil as possible, leaving enough room for them to float comfortably; fry over medium to high heat (depending on the type of oil you use and the type of range you have) for 10 minutes. The kofta balls should be a rich golden brown color. They will get darker after they are removed from the oil.
  • When the frying process is complete, remove the kofta balls from the hot oil and place them into a colander to drain over a plate—or—onto a plate with paper towels to absorb some of the excess oil.
  • Place the kofta balls into the tomato sauce of your choice, or into whichever other sauce you may be using, for approximately 5 minutes prior to serving.
  • If, after sitting for 5 minutes, the kofta balls have soaked up a lot of the sauce, adding a little water will help reconstitute your sauce.
  • Serve with cooked pasta and tomato sauce, or serve with a white cream-style gravy and herb-rubbed potatoes. Experiment, enjoy, and be amazed!

Add Your Own Notes


Serving: 127gCalories: 161.5kcalCarbohydrates: 25.9gProtein: 9.5gFat: 2.6gSaturated Fat: 0.3gSodium: 919.8mgFiber: 6.1gSugar: 6g
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