January 06, 2016

Malai Kofta

Malai Kofta is an absolute delicious, rich and popular North Indian side dish that is sought by most of the people. Malai refers to the cream and Koftas are deep fried balls made of Cottage Cheese and Potatoes. These deep fried balls are cooked in richly flavoured gravy made of onions, tomatoes and cashews. Here is the step by step and easy recipe of this all time favourite Malai Kofta that turns out to be a super hit for any occasion....

Pre time: 20 mins
Cooking time: 25 mins
Serves: 5

Ingredients for making Malai Kofta:

For Koftas:

Pressure cooked Potatoes 4
Paneer / Cottage Cheese 200gms grated
Corn flour 2 tb spoons
Finely chopped cashews 1 tb spoon
Oil for deep frying
Salt to taste

For Gravy Paste:

Oil 2tb spoons
Chopped Onions from 2 Onions
Chopped Tomatoes from 3 tomatoes
Green chillies 2
Cashews 6
Garlic pods 10
Ginger pieces 1 inch

For Final Gravy& Sautéing:

Butter 2 tb spoons
Cumin seeds 1/2 tea spoon
Finely chopped onions from 2 onions
Kashmiri chilli powder 2 tea spoons
Cumin seed powder 1/4 tea spoon
Coarsely crushed cloves, aniseed , cinnamon stick 1/2 tea spoon
Kasuri Methi leaves 1 tb spoon
Fresh cream 2 tb spoons
Salt to taste

How to make Malai Kofta?

Step 1

Peel off the skin of potatoes and mash it well. Add the grated paneer, salt, cornflour and cashews to it and mix well. Make small lemon size balls of it.

Heat oil in a pan and deep fry them to golden brown and keep aside.

Step 2

Heat a pan with Oil. Fry the Onions, green chillies, tomatoes, garlic, ginger and cashews till the tomatoes become pulpy. Wait till they get cool down. Grind them in a blender to paste and keep aside.

Step 3

Heat a pan with butter. Add the cumin seeds. Once they splutter fry the onions till they become brown. Now add all the powders like red chilli powder, cumin seed powder, spice powder and salt.

Now pour the Gravy paste into it and stir for a while. Let it get cooked till the oil and butter separates. Add half tea spoon of sugar. Add the Kasuri Methi and mix well. Switch off the stove and add the fresh cream.

Finally before serving arrange the Koftas (Deep fried balls) in a serving bowl and pour the gravy on them and garnish with some grated paneer and coriander leaves.