malai kofta recipe | malai kofta curry recipe

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malai kofta recipe | kofta malai curry recipe with detailed photo and video recipe. kofta curry recipe is prepared with crumbled paneer balls dipped in tomato onion based curry.
malai koftamalai kofta recipe | kofta malai curry recipe with step by step photo and video recipe. malai kofta is a traditional punjabi gravy recipe which is prepared in most of the punjabi and north indian houses. this gravy is amazing side dish for tandoori roti and tandoori nan. this curry can be served with jeera rice or even with safron rice too.

i personally was not a big fan of malai kofta curry, but this is my husband’s favourite curry. also, whenever we plan to eat outside, especially if it is punjabi dhaba, kofta curry is always on the menu order. as result, even i have started liking this recipe. but whenever we eat outside, my husband would end up having stomach upset. perhaps due to excess cream used in the recipe.

malai kofta

so today i decided to prepare this recipe by myself. i learnt this recipe from my chef friend – vivek. he works in one of the punjabi dhaba restaurant in pune. but i have improvised a lot by reducing the heavy cream and spices. also i have added cashew and almond nuts while preparing the kofta. usually kofta does not contain any nuts within it. but these nuts will certainly surprise you while eating with roti or chapathi.

i have posted several curry recipes and punjabi dishesespecially rajma masala recipealoo gobi, paneer burjipalak panerstuffed brinjal, molake kaalu palyaaloo bhaji.

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malai kofta recipe | malai kofta curry recipe
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Recipe type: curry
Cuisine: punjabi, indian
Serves: 2-3 servings
Ingredients
for kofta:
  • 1 cup panner, grated
  • 2 potatoes, boiled
  • ½ tsp garam masala
  • 1 tbsp cashews, chopped
  • 1 tbsp almonds, chopped
  • 2 tbsp corn flour or maida / all-purpose flour
  • oil for shallow / deep frying
  • salt to taste
for puree:
  • 1 tbsp oil
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 2 tomatoes, finely chopped
  • 1 tsp ginger-garlic paste
  • ½ tsp turmeric powder
  • 1 - 2 tsp chilli powder - adjust to your spice level
  • 1 - 1½ tsp coriander powder
for kofta gravy:
  • 2 tsp oil / butter
  • 1 bay leaf / tej patta
  • 2 cardamom / elaichi
  • 3 cloves / lavang
  • 1 inch cinnamon stick / dalchini
  • ¼ cup cashew paste
  • ½ tsp garam masala
  • salt to taste
  • ¼ cup water, adjust to the consistency
  • ¼ cup fresh cream, any cooking cream (low fat preferably)
  • 1 tbsp kasuri methi / dry fenugreek leaves
Instructions ( 1 cup =255 ml)
kofta recipe :
  1. in a large mixing bowl, take 1 cup of grated panner, 2 boiled potatoes and mash them well. make sure there are no lumps of potatoes. you can alternatively grate the potatoes as well
  2. add salt, garam masala and chopped dry fruits (cashews and almonds)
  3. combine everything well. and make small lemon sized balls.
  4. coat with corn flour / maida flour to get a crispy coating.
  5. deep fry the koftas on medium heat. you can also shallow fry till they turn golden brown.
  6. flip in between to get uniform browning.
  7. once the koftas turn golden brown, drain to a paper towel to absorb excess oil.
puree recipe:
  1. in a large kadai, take 1-2 tsp of oil and saute chopped onions till they sweat.
  2. next add ginger-garlic paste. saute till the raw smell of ginger-garlic disappears.
  3. now add chopped tomatoes and saute for a minute or two.
  4. then cook them covered for atleast 15 minutes or till they are completely cooked.
  5. time to add dry spices like turmeric powder, chilli powder and coriander powder.
  6. fry the masala on medium flame and make sure you do not burn them.
  7. switch off the flame and allow the mixture to cool completely before you blend them to smooth puree.
  8. blend to smooth puree adding required water.
kofta curry recipe:
  1. in a large kadai, take 2 tsp of oil and fry spices. fry bay leaf, cardamom, cloves and cinnamon stick till they turn fragrant.
  2. now add the blended puree prepared previously.
  3. boil the paste for 3 minutes on medium flame. keep stirring continuously else they will start popping out and create a mess.
  4. now add ¼ cup of cashew paste and give a good mix.
  5. cover and cook for 10 minutes.
  6. now add garam masala, salt to taste and some water. adjust the consistency of gravy. give a good mix and get to a boil.
  7. add ¼ cup of fresh cream (malai) and cook for a minute.
  8. finally add crushed kasuri methi.
  9. place the koftas into the serving plate and pour the gravy over it. enjoy malai kofta with hot garlic naan / chapathi / rotis.


malai kofta recipe | kofta malai curry step by step photo recipe:

kofta recipe :

  1. in a large mixing bowl, take 1 cup of grated panner (i have used homemade paneer), 2 boiled potatoes and mash them well. make sure there are no lumps of potatoes. you can alternatively grate the potatoes as well
    malai kofta
  2. add salt, garam masala and chopped dry fruits (cashews and almonds)
    malai kofta
  3. combine everything well. and make small lemon sized balls.
    malai kofta
  4. coat with corn flour / maida flour to get a crispy coating.
    malai kofta
  5. deep fry the koftas on medium heat. you can also shallow fry till they turn golden brown.
    malai kofta
  6. flip in between to get uniform browning.
    malai kofta
  7. once the koftas turn golden brown, drain to a paper towel to absorb excess oil.
    malai kofta

puree recipe:

  1. in a large kadai, take 1-2 tsp of oil and saute chopped onions till they sweat.
    malai kofta
  2. next add ginger-garlic paste. saute till the raw smell of ginger-garlic disappears.
    malai kofta
  3. now add chopped tomatoes and saute for a minute or two.
    malai kofta
  4. then cook them covered for atleast 15 minutes or till they are completely cooked.
    malai kofta
  5. time to add dry spices like turmeric powder, chilli powder and coriander powder. fry the masala on medium flame and make sure you do not burn them.
    malai kofta
  6. switch off the flame and allow the mixture to cool completely before you blend them to smooth puree.
    malai kofta
  7. blend to smooth puree adding required water.
    malai kofta

kofta curry recipe:

  1. in a large kadai, take 2 tsp of oil and fry spices. fry bay leaf, cardamom, cloves and cinnamon stick till they turn fragrant.
    malai kofta
  2. now add the blended puree prepared previously.
    malai kofta
  3. boil the paste for 3 minutes on medium flame. keep stirring continuously else they will start popping out and create a mess.
    malai kofta
  4. now add ¼ cup of cashew paste and give a good mix.
    malai kofta
  5. cover and cook for 10 minutes.
    malai kofta
  6. now add garam masala, salt to taste and some water. adjust the consistency of gravy. give a good mix and get to a boil.
    malai kofta
  7. add ¼ cup of fresh cream (malai) and cook for a minute.
    malai kofta
  8. finally add crushed kasuri methi.
    malai kofta
  9. place the koftas into the serving plate and pour the gravy over it. enjoy malai kofta with hot garlic naan / chapathi / rotis.
    malai kofta


notes:

  • firstly, if your stuffing turns to be wet and not able to hold round ball shape; then add 2 tsp of corn flour. so that it absorbs all the water and helps to hold shape.
  • also, if you are diet conscious, then replace cream with yogurt (curd).
  • furthermore, instead of mixing nuts to the stuffing. you can also stuff between few pieces of dry fruits of your choice.
  • optionally, garnish with few coriander leaves and cream before serving.
  • finally, to prepare cashew paste, soak 5-6 cashews in warm water for 10 minutes. then blend to smooth paste adding required water.

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Hebbar's Kitchen is all about Indian veg recipes. This blog is managed by me Archana and my husband, Sudarshan. I try to post my recipes with simple & easily available ingredients from kitchen. These posts are usually supported by short videos and photo recipes. Learn interesting recipes and share your feedback, as your feedback means a lot to me.

38 COMMENTS

  1. Hello,
    I find you recipes very easy and I follow them blindly. Great work . Could you please tell me how to make Malai Kofta but with white gravy like they serve in restaurants.

    Thanks !

  2. superb receipe.. It was my first try and the results were awesome.. my in laws r so happy.. it was so delicious n so easy to cook, I can’t even explain.. thanku hebbars for such a lovely receipe.. thanku for making it so easy n yummy..

  3. superb receipe.. I have tried n results were awesome.. my in-laws r so happy.. it was sooo delicious and so easy to cook I can’t even explain.. thanks for the amazing receipe..

  4. Delicious. I tried it with your exact measurements, except I added little corn flour into the mashed paneer and potato bowl. Thanks for sharing delish recipes.

  5. Thanks so much for this recipe, I tried this yesterday and was a big hit in the family and neighbors. I will not order Malai Kofta at a restaurant anymore.

    Also, I didn’t have cashew milk so I roasted cashews along with other ingredients and pureed, it worked perfect. Added some fresh bell peppers and roasted with the puree, and it was more suitable for my pallet.

    Your videos are great and inspiring me to cook delicacies again. keep posting and we will get healthy. 🙂

    • thanks a lot for such a nice and motivating words. keep following my recipes and do share with your family and friends.

  6. i am trying this tomorrow. have a question can i use heavy whipping cream in place of fresh cream?will it make a difference?

    • yes you can use whipping cream but are heavier than fresh cream, so you may need to reduce the quantity accordingly.

  7. your videos make me addicted to cooking. they are wonderful.

    Should we soak the kofta in the gravy? or should we add them only while serving?

    • the balls should be crack free.. else there are chances to break… and also hope you coated balls with flour… this helps to absorb extra moisture..

  8. Dear Hebbar’s Kitchen, your recipes are simple, delicious and easy to follow. The videos especially are deftly edited and I love watching them over and over. Congratulations and keep up the good work.

  9. amazing stuff keep it up … I really like kofta recipe and I am gonna try tomorrow for sure .I must complement on the way the video is presented very easy to grasp.

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