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.
How to make Malai Kofta Gravy
Recipe Source -Vahrehvah
Prep time -under 20 mins
Cook time - under 20 mins
Serves - 4
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
Turmeric powder -1/4 tsp
Cumin powder/jeera powder -1 tsp
Coriander powder - 2tsp
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
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.
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.
Roll the balls in cornflour. This is done to absorb any moisture left.
Heat oil and fry the koftas in batches in medium heat until golden brown.
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.
Add ginger garlic paste and saute for a few more minutes.
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.
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 in 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.
Serve hot with jeera pulao or chapati or naan.
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