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Malai Kofta Recipe-a way to make Malai Kofta (eating place fashion)


Malai Kofta is a conventional North Indian dish originated from the Mughlai delicacies. Malai refers back to the cream and koftas are deep fried paneer and vegetable dumplings in wealthy and creamy tomato gravy. it is a rich dish best for events and unique events. It goes nicely with chapati, naan, jeera rice, all pulaos and parathas. today we are able to discover ways to make malai kofta following this very simple recipe.

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  • Yields -11 koftas
  • Potato -2 or 1/2 cup boiled and mashed
  • Mixed vegetables - 1/2 cup (carrot, beans,peas)
  • Paneer/ cottage cheese - 1/2 cup
  • Green chillies -1 finely chopped
  • Coriander powder -2 tsp
  • Cumin powder -1 tsp
  • Red chilli powder -3/4 tsp
  • Cashew nuts -1 tbsp (finely chopped)
  • Coriander leaves - 2 tbsp finely chopped
  • Cornflour - 3/4 tsp
  • Salt as needed
  • Cornflour for rolling the koftas
  • Oil for frying koftas
  • Ingredients needed for the sauce
  • Oil -1 tbsp
  • Onion -1 big
  • Ginger-garlic paste -1 tsp
  • Tomatoes -3
  • Turmeric powder -1/4 tsp
  • Cumin powder/jeera powder -1 tsp
  • Coriander powder - 2 tsp
  • Red chilli powder - 3/4 tsp
  • Salt as needed
  • Dairy Cream -1/4 cup
  • Cashew nut - 1 tbsp coarsely powdered
  • Garam masala powder - 1/2 tsp
  • For the seasoning
  • Oil - 1 tbsp
  • Shah jeera/Caraway Seeds -3/4 tsp



Step 1

Boil vegetables or pressure cook vegetables for 2 whistles. I kept beans, carrot and peas in a vessel without water, closed it with a lid and kept potatoes on top and pressure cooked for 2 whistles. In this method there is less moisture in the vegetables. (Don't forget to add water in the pressure cooker).Whichever method you follow, put the vegetables in a muslin cloth and squeeze out all excess water. You can use that water for the gravy later. Drain the water from the potatoes immediately after cooking.

Grate paneer and keep it ready.

boiling veggies for kofta


In a bowl, mix together grated paneer, mashed potatoes, vegetables, finely chopped green chillies, coriander powder, chilli powder, cumin powder, finely chopped coriander leaves, chopped nuts, 3/4 tsp cornflour and salt needed. Mix well.

Divide the mixture equally and make balls.

kofta balls

Roll the balls in cornflour. This is done to absorb any moisture left.

Heat oil and fry the koftas in batches on medium heat until golden brown.

frying koftas

Remove from oil and drain them on a paper towel. Now the koftas are ready. Keep it aside.

Now we will prepare the sauce-

Heat a tbsp of oil, fry chopped onions until golden brown. Add salt to speed up the process. Saute continuously for even browning.

How to prepare malai kofta

Add ginger garlic paste and saute for a few more minutes.

sauteing onions

Add chopped tomatoes, turmeric powder, red chilli powder, coriander powder, cumin powder and cook until tomatoes become mushy. Do not add water. If it is too dry, add just 1 or 2 tbsp of water. Allow it to cool. Add salt required. (remember we already added salt to the onions)

Once it cools, blend it to a fine paste.

how to prepare malai kofta

Now heat oil in a kadai again, add shah jeera, when it splutters, add the ground paste and cook for a few minutes.

Add 1 cup of water, cream, cashew nut powder and bring it to boil on low flame.

Add the koftas gently and switch off the flame.(add koftas only at the time of serving)

Sprinkle garam masala and finely chopped coriander leaves.

how to make malai kofta gravy

Serve hot with jeera pulao or chapati or naan.

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