Malai Kofta


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Malai Kofta is a popular North Indian vegetarian dish. With this dish, it is always a time of celebration. Malai means cream and koftas are fried dumplings or balls. In this recipe, soft paneer koftas are dipped in the rich onion and cream based gravy. This dish tastes delicious and preferably made in special occasions.

Image : Malai Kofta

malai kofta 36Important :


  • Preparation Time : 30 minutes
  • Cooking Time : 1 hr
  • Total Time : 1 hr 30 minutes
  • Serve For : 4-5

Ingredients : 

To make Kofta –

  • Paneer or Cottage Cheese (200 gm) [You can read the entire recipe of How to Make Paneer here]
  • Corn Flour (1 tbsp)
  • Black Pepper Powder (1/2 tsp)
  • Green Cardamom Powder (1/2 tsp)
  • Salt (to taste)
  • Oil (for frying)
  • Extra Corn Flour (2-3 tbsp) /for rolling the kofta balls

For the Kofta Filling –

  • Cashew Nuts (10-12) /roughly chopped
  • Raisins (1 tbsp)
  • Ghee (1/2 tsp)
  • Salt (a pinch)

To make the Gravy –

  • Onion (2 medium size) /sliced and boiled
  • Cashew Paste (1 cup)
  • Ghee (1 tsp)
  • Green Cardamom (2-3)
  • Cinnamon Stick (2 inches)
  • Cloves (4)
  • Garlic Paste (1 tbsp)
  • Milk (1 cup)
  • Green Chilli (2) /chopped
  • Fresh Cream (1/2 cup)
  • Sugar (1 tsp)
  • Salt (to taste)
  • Kasuri Methi or Dried Fenugreek Leaves (1 tbsp)

Images :

Boil onion slices and cashew nuts separately

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Puree them separately

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Take whole garam masala

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Grind them and make powder

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Saute chopped cashew nuts and raisins with ghee

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When done keep them aside

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Take grated paneer on a plate

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Add all the ingredients mentioned above

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Start kneading the mixture

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Make a soft and smooth dough

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Divide the dough into equal portions

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Stuff with filling

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Make round balls

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Roll it over corn flour

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Likewise make all the koftas

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Heat oil and fry the koftas

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Drain oil

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Keep them aside

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In the same oil, add ghee

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Add the grounded garam masala powder

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Add onion paste

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Add garlic paste and cook for 5-8 minutes

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Add cashew paste

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Keep cooking by stirring constantly

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Cook until the gravy ooze out oil

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Add milk and stir well

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Add chopped green chilli

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Boil for 4-5 minutes

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Add fresh cream

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Add sugar

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Add salt

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Lastly add kasuri methi

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Mix well and switch off the flame. Add the koftas into the gravy before serving

malai kofta 35Tips :

  • Remember to add salt at the end of cooking the gravy.
  • Add the koftas into the gravy before serving.
  • Serve with roti, naan or paratha.

You can also search for more Paneer Recipes or Vegetarian Recipes like Lauki Kofta, Coconut Paneer, Paneer Makhani, Paneer Kofta curry, Kashmiri Dum Aloo and many more.

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