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Monday, March 25, 2013

Malai Kofta Recipe-How to make Malai Kofta (Restaurant Style)

Malai Kofta is a classic North Indian dish originated from the Mughlai cuisine. Malai refers to the cream and  koftas are deep fried paneer and vegetable dumplings in rich and creamy tomato gravy. It is a rich dish perfect for parties and special occasions. It goes well with chapati, naan, jeera rice, all pulaos and parathas. Today we will learn how to make malai kofta following this very simple recipe.

Malai Kofta

How to make Malai Kofta Gravy
Recipe Source -Vahrehvah

Malai Kofta-How to make Malai Kofta Gravy

Malai Kofta

 Prep Time : 20 mins
 Cook Time : 25 mins 
 Serves: 4
 Recipe CategorySide Dish
 Recipe CuisineIndian-North Indian

   Ingredients needed

   Ingredients needed to prepare koftas
   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

Malai Kofta Recipe


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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  1. Malai kofta looks creamy and sure it tasted great too....

  2. Looks very good Paddu and fairly easy. I never tried make this at home. Feel like trying after seeing yours.

  3. wow yummy recipe lookg great tomorrow i will try surely

  4. yummy dish...looks tempting...nice clicks too

  5. so creamy and perfectly done..wonderful recipe of malai kofta!

  6. Beautiful clicks,rich and yummy curry

  7. so inviting and lovely clicks......try toasting them in paniyara kal instead of frying works well too

  8. Very rich and flavourful dish..Who can resist to it.

  9. Awesome clicks.. Kofta & the curry looks very tempting :)

  10. very tempting bowl and loved the creamy rich texture

  11. Beautiful clicks and lovely presentation...curry looks delicious

  12. It's such a celebratory dish, perfect for a Friday night or Sunday lunch! Definitely intend on trying it this week :D Thanks!!

  13. Dear padhu, thanks for ur posts, i need parotta recipe,kindly post the same.

  14. I tried n its awsome in taste..thnx 4 sharing....

  15. Padhu, each and every post is awesome... The taste is so perfect... Lovely presentation.. :-D

  16. super job u have done posting such wonderful dishes

  17. Hi
    Right now...I m trying your recipe for dinner todsy....tomorrow I will surely give you the feed back....I must say..the way u have shown pictures at every step is appreciating

  18. rich n yummy curry dear........

  19. Ritika sharma -Did you not read the line before that. Kindly read the whole recipe carefully. Ground paste is that onion + tomato paste.

  20. Recipe looks yummy n sounds easy..will try for my dinner evening next Saturday....

  21. I found this receipe so easy to follow and it taste so good..Thanks for sharing it with us

  22. i am planning to cater a party that is about 30 mins away. are the koftas able to hold up during transport?

  23. Valeria Level - That is not a problem at all. The koftas will retain its shape.Take it separately, add it to the gravy at the time for serving and reheat the gravy.

  24. Made it last week. Came out very nicely. Thank you for sharing the recipe.

  25. Turned out OK...I had sour cream handy and added this. We have to be careful with tomato puree...can make the thing sour.

  26. Do we require to add some malai or oil to koftas dough

  27. Shveta - No need to add oil or malai to the koftas. I think I have explained it very clearly. Kindly read the paragraph after method.You have to add only grated paneer.

  28. Its very easy to cook n tasty too thank you sir for this recipe

  29. Today I tried this recipe its very easy to cook and tasty too Thank you so much

  30. Nice and easy recipe.. sure I am going to try today..

  31. i tried it and it blended fantastic in the true indian aromatic cuisine... it was too easy to explore wid ur easy to cook recipes... thanx

  32. Hi Padhu! Your recipe looks yummy!! Planning to give it a try. Can I substitute yellow corn flour instead of white? Will it make and difference?

    1. The texture of the yellow will be coarser. White cornmeal is finer than yellow cornmeal.I think you can substitute the yellow for the white but I have not tried it.

  33. Nice, clear directions, thank you for the recipe! I plan on making them tonight!

  34. Very nice and tasty ecipe.....its very easy to cook too. Surly i"ll try it very soon same like as your method..i hope it will make with a yummy taste. Thanks for sharing this..

  35. can you teach us how to prepare donuts?

  36. Hi padhu.. Wat do I do if cream is unavailable ??

    1. Cream gives richness to the gravy. If you cannot get it, skip it.

  37. Hi u mean diary cream as fresh cream.

  38. Thanks for sharing the recipe. First attempt turned out ultra delicious.

  39. Am a die hard fan of ur blog.. Really u r dng a grt job mam.. And I tried malai kofta for a dinner and it turned out really hubby loved it a lot and he asked me to prepare it for lunch one day to share with his friends.. I remember that u have told kofta should b added to the gravy at d tym of serving but wat I thought is if I keep koftas separately then at lunch time they will combine with gravy but koftas will not take in d taste of d gravy so I just put d koftas in d gravy n packed.. But it dissolve in d gravy and ma hubby said it not tastes good like wat v had fa dinner. Then how can v pack for lunch mam?? Can u pls ?reply all in our family fond of this kofta recipes.. Ur reply will help me a lot

    1. Thank you Madhu for liking my blog and recipes. If you pack koftas for lunch, it will definitely break. You should pour hot gravy on the koftas only 10-15 minutes before serving.

  40. Very delicious nice recipie thanks


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