Monday, February 16, 2015

Paneer Kofta Recipe-Paneer Kofta Curry-Paneer Recipes

This is yet another classic Paneer recipe for all paneer lovers out there. It is a much simpler version compared to Malai Kofta. Paneer balls are deep fried and served with rich onion tomato gravy. It tastes heavenly with chapati, naan, parathas and pulaos. Today we will learn how to make Paneer Kofta following this easy recipe with step wise pictures.

Paneer Kofta

Paneer Kofta Recipe-Paneer Kofta Curry

Paneer Kofta

 Prep Time : 15 mins
 Cook Time : 20 mins 
 Serves: 4
 Recipe CategorySide Dish-Paneer
 Recipe CuisineIndian-Punjabi

   Ingredients needed

   For the Paneer Kofta gravy

   Onion paste - 3/4 cup
   Ginger- 1 inch piece
   Green chilli -1
   Garlic - 3-4 cloves
   Tomato Puree - 1 cup
   Salt to taste
   Cashew nuts -6-7

   Spice Powder

   Coriander Powder - 2 tsp
   Chilli Powder - 3/4 tsp
   Kitchen king masala or garam masala - 1 tsp
   Turmeric Powder - 1/4 tsp

  For the seasoning

   Oil - 2 tbsp
   Cumin seeds/jeera seeds - 1 tsp
   Cinnamon - 1 inch piece
   Cardamom - 1
   Cloves - 2

   For the Paneer kofta balls- Yields 6 paneer balls

   Paneer - 1 cup grated
   Cornflour -1/4 cup
   Green chilli - 1 finely chopped
   Ginger - 1/2 tsp grated
   Coriander leaves - 2 tbsp finely chopped
   Chilli powder - 1/2 tsp
   Kitchen king masala - 1/2 tsp
   Salt needed

   Oil for deep frying koftas

   For Garnishing

   Coriander leaves -2 tbsp finely chopped
   Crumbled paneer -1 tbsp


Grind ginger, garlic and green chilli together coarsely.

Soak cashew nuts in hot water for 15 minutes and grind it to a smooth paste with little water.

Puree tomatoes and keep it aside. We need 1 cup of tomato puree.

Boil water, when water starts boiling, add peeled onions, switch off  and keep it covered for 3-4 minutes. Drain the water completely and grind it to a smooth paste without adding water.

Keep all the ingredients ready to make your job easier and to prevent mess - Onion paste, ginger-garlic-green chilli paste, tomato paste, cashew nut paste and all the spice powder.


Heat oil, add cumin seeds, when it splutters, add cinnamon, cardamom and cloves.

Then add the onion paste and saute nicely until it starts to brown. Add salt to speed up the process. Continuous stirring is necessary for the onions to brown evenly.

preparation for paneer kofta gravy

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

Then add the tomato puree and all the spice powder (mentioned under ingredients - spice powder) and salt needed. Cook the tomato puree well until it oozes out oil.

sauteing onion paste

Then add the cashew nut paste and cook for another 3-4 minutes.

Add a cup of water, when it boils, simmer for 15 minutes. This is the paneer kofta gravy. Garnish it with finely chopped coriander leaves.

preparing gravy

Preparation for the Paneer balls (Indian cottage cheese balls)

Grate paneer, add cornflour and the rest of the ingredients mentioned under "for the paneer kofta balls" except oil. Mix well to form a dough. You can adjust the spices and salt by tasting the paneer mixture.

Divide the paneer mixture equally and make smooth balls. If there are cracks, the balls will break while frying.

preparing paneer balls

Heat oil in a kadai, when the oil is hot, reduce the heat to low. Add the 1 or 2 paneer balls and fry on low heat until it browns evenly on all the sides. Be gently otherwise the balls might break.

Remove the fried ball and place it in a colander or on a paper towel to drain excess oil. Repeat the same process for the rest of the paneer balls. Now our paneer balls are ready.

how to make paneer kofta

How to serve

You have to add paneer balls only at the time of serving.

Before serving, place paneer balls in a shallow dish, reheat gravy and pour it over the paneer balls.

Garnish with crumbled paneer and finely chopped coriander leaves.

Serve hot with rotis, parathas, naan or pulao. It tastes amazing.

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  1. Very nice and delicious dish as always. Loved the way u cooked it. Pretty simple. Thank u for the share.

  2. Sounds interesting madam! I will definitely try and let u know how it came out . Th q so much for a New recipe!

  3. I always love your dishes and I do recommend people too !
    Thanks for this wonderful recipe.... :-)

  4. My son relished. Thank u fr yummy receipe

  5. really nice i tried. i usually try your receipies.

    Thank you


  6. I tried it..It really came out well..delicious!!

  7. The dish is really simple to make and it turned out to be delicious! 😋

  8. What does it mean with "Cashew nuts -6-7" and "Cardamom - 1. Cloves - 2". 6-7 nuts and 1 cardmom? 2 clove leaves?

    1. It just means the ingredients - 6-7 cashew nuts, one cardamom and two cloves.


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