Easy Recipe for Malai Kofta

K’s love for koftas is only second to his love for books….. I am very passive to koftas and gladly give up my share for the gravy of the dish. it’s a must when we eat indian food out or order in. I haven’t made it too many times purely because of intimidation, but a request from a friend for a suggestion of a “good” vegetarian dish made me zero in too much on kofta curries across the blogosphere and the craving hit me too.

Malai Kofta  (Serves 4)

For the gravy

2/3 c onions, sliced

1 c tomatoes cubed

1 t ginger garlic paste

2 green chillies slit

½ t red chilli powder

Salt to taste

½ t shah jeera (royal cumin seeds)

1 t sugar

½ c cream ( I used low fat, can be substituted with whisked yoghurt)

For the koftas

1 c crumbled paneer ( I used frozen, thawed and whizzed in the food processor for a couple of seconds)

1 c boiled and mashed potato ( I used dehydrated potato flakes)

1 T each fresh coriander and mint leaves

2 green chillies

½ c fresh peas (steamed for 2 mins)

Salt to taste

½ t red chilli powder

For the batter

1 T chick pea flour

4 T fine bread crumbs

2-3 T oil

In a bowl, add all the ingredients for the koftas, mix them well together and knead till you get a soft pliable dough which can be shaped into small balls. Make about 8-10 small equally sized balls or log shaped koftas and roll gently between your palms. If it doesn’t hold shape or crumbles, add a little bread crumbs to bind the mixture together.

Heat 2 T oil in a frying pan, make a batter with the chick pea flour and 3 T water, coat the koftas in the batter, roll in the bread crumbs and fry on medium heat till golden on all sides. Make sure you are very gentle when turning the koftas over.

In the meanwhile, to make the gravy, in another pan, heat 1 T oil and add the onions, fry till translucent. Add the rest of the ingredients except the cream and cook on low for 5 minutes. Remove from heat, cool and blend to a smooth consistency, adding half a cup of water if needed. Heat ½ t oil in the same pan and add the royal cumin (shah jeera) wait for it to splutter and add the onion-tomato pure. Bring to a boil and simmer for 5-7 mins or till the oil seperates. Check for salt and chilli and adjust. Add the fresh cream and stir till well incorporated. Do not boil. Take it off the heat. In a serving bowl, place the koftas at the bottom and pour the gravy on top, covering all the koftas well. garnish with fresh coriander leaves. Serve hot with flavoured rice or rotis.

These koftas are soft and moist and will disintegrate if not handled gently. With the addition of fresh cream, the shelf life is greatly reduced. Will keep for 2 days refrigerated. If freezing, freeze the gravy and koftas separately.

12 Comments Add yours

  1. Lakshmi Unni says:

    Good one Anu..looks yummy!! have to def try this one.

    1. arundati says:

      thanks Lakshmi. How have you been? haven’t heard from you for absolute ages. how are the boys?

  2. rajkumarpd says:

    this is really yummy. When I have forzen the kofta balls, even after thawing it was very hard. I thawed in mircowave and it did not work. It was hard like stone.

    1. arundati says:

      glad you liked the recipe. however I did not understand if using frozen koftas did not work for you. Please try defrosting for a longer time? How much time + temp did you defrost in the microwave for? you could also simmer the frozen koftas in the gravy till they are cooked through.

  3. Sundar says:

    I made this dish not too long ago, as per my mom’s recipe. Turns out it’s very similar to yours. Kind of labor intensive. And yes, the koftas are very flimsy and are prone to disintegration. Anyway, in addition to paneer and alu, you can also add shredded ‘kaddu’ or ‘loki’ (even white pumpkin). It adds to the texture nicely.

    I discovered this site today, and I am totally delighted. I dig Southy food, something that’s not readily available in frigid Minnesota.

  4. nidhi says:

    One of husband’s fav dish. Only if I had paneer on hand today..I would surprise him with it. Never mind, will try it out soon. Thanks for sharing.

  5. sagari says:

    curry looks rich and yummy

    thank you 🙂

  6. Priya says:

    Yum yum.. am drooling here now…
    thank you 🙂

  7. sangeeth says:

    wow! my fav too…and ur new template is cool!

    glad you liked it!!

  8. Vaidehi says:

    Nice Recipe…

    thank you 🙂

  9. Rupa says:

    Isn’t it tough to make these? I always thought so …..

    not as tough as we imagine!!

  10. Happy Cook says:

    These looks so creamy and yummy, till now have not made vegetarian kofts, should give it a try.
    Yeah here me too, i mostly prefer the sauce for most of the dishes than the meat or the vegetable

    thanks HC 🙂

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