Malai Kofta Curry Recipe

Malai Kofta Curry Recipe

Malai Kofta (Cottage Cheese Balls) is a delicious and rich creamy curry. Paneer and cream play the role of hero ingredients in this curry. This might not be an everyday dish as its more rich but this is one of the popular dishes for any special occasions. Here I have tried to use less cream to make it little less rich. The kofta or dumplings are made from mixture of paneer/ cottage cheese and potatoes (as binding agent). However potatoes alone may not bind the koftas and we need to add breadcrumbs/ cornflour to it. Here I have added only bread crumbs. If you don’t have bread crumbs then just grind 3 bread slices to fine powder. In place of corn flour you can also use arrowroot powder for binding. I have not added any of them except bread crumbs. And the binding was just so perfect and balls din’t split to open while deep frying.

Paneer or cottage cheese is the main ingredient in these koftas. I have made paneer at home for this preparation. From 1 litre milk you can make 15 – 18 koftas. However take full fat cream for better result. You can do the same or buy from market and grate it finely. The richness and creamy structure comes from the cashew nuts we are using for the gravy. It enhances the taste and makes the gravy creamy and thick. You can also add almonds along with cashew nuts. Malai kofta is slightly sweet in taste. To bring that taste add milk powder while making koftas. I din’t find milk powder and I have substituted that with 1 small tsp of condensed milk. And It was not that sweet, loved that taste. You can also use stuffing of some more paneer or dry fruits to make it stuufed kofta.

Malai Kofta


Read other kofta recipes on blog like Lauki Kofta. There are few more in development stage and I will update soon with aloo kofta, palak paneer kofta and many more yummy dishes for you.

Lets make this Malai Kofta Curry.

Malai Kofta

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Malai Kofta Curry Recipe
Malai Kofta Curry Recipe
Print Recipe
Malai Kofta is a rich and creamy curry made from paneer / cottage cheese balls/ dumplings.
  • CourseMain Dish, Paneer Special, Sabzi & Curry
  • CuisineIndian
  • KeywordIndian Curry
Servings Prep Time
5 People 20 Minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
30 Minutes 1 hours
Servings Prep Time
5 People 20 Minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
30 Minutes 1 hours
Malai Kofta Curry Recipe
Malai Kofta Curry Recipe
Print Recipe
Malai Kofta is a rich and creamy curry made from paneer / cottage cheese balls/ dumplings.
  • CourseMain Dish, Paneer Special, Sabzi & Curry
  • CuisineIndian
  • KeywordIndian Curry
Servings Prep Time
5 People 20 Minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
30 Minutes 1 hours
Servings Prep Time
5 People 20 Minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
30 Minutes 1 hours
Ingredients
For malai kofta (cheese balls)
For making gravy
Servings: People
Instructions
Making paneer
  1. Boil milk. Once it starts boiling, add 2 tbsp vinegar to it. wait of 1 minute till milk curdles. If required add 1 tbsp vinegar more.
  2. Turn off gas and strain out paneer from the water with help of a strainer. Make sure it has small holes so that you will not loose any paneer. Or use muslin cloth for this step.
  3. Malai Paneer
  4. Squeeze out all excess water from paneer and make it dry.
    Malai Paneer
  5. Keep it aside in a mixing bowl.
Making Kofta Balls
  1. In the same mixing bowl add 2 medium boiled potatoes mashed fully or grated.
    Malai Kofta
  2. Add all ingredients mention above in "making kofta" category.
    Malai Kofta Mixture
  3. Mix them well and make a dough like mixture. You can add extra 1 tbsp corn flour to the mixture also.
  4. Keep it in refrigerator for 30 minutes to set.
    Malai Kofta Mixture
Preparing Curry Gravy
  1. Heat Oil in a pan. Add cumin seeds and other whole spices to it.
    malai kofta gravy whole spices
  2. Then add ginger and garlic and saute for a minute.
    Malai Gofta gravy making
  3. Add chopped onion and saute till translucent.
    Malai Kofta gravy making
  4. Remove from heat and transfer to plate to cool.
    Malai Kofta gravy making
  5. In the same pan heat 1 tbsp oil more. add cashew nuts and saute for a minute. Add chopped tomatoes and saute till these are soft and cooked.
  6. Remove from heat and keep aside to cool.
    Malai Kofta Gravy Making
  7. Transfer to a mixing jar.
    Malai Kofta Gravy Making
  8. Add in coriander powder, red chilli powder, turmeric powder. add little water and grind to fine paste.
    Malai Kofta Gravy Making
  9. Malai Kofta Gravy Making
  10. Heat Pan and add 1 tbsp oil. Transfer the puree to pan. Saute till it leaves oil.
    Malai Kofta Gravy
  11. Add 1/2 - 1 cup water. Mix well. Add fresh cream and crushed kasuri methi.
    Malai kofta gravy making
  12. Let it simmer for some time. add chopped coriander leaves to it.
Frying Koftas
  1. Take out the kofta mixture from refrigerator. Greese palms and take out lemon sized balls and roll to give proper shape. Make sure there is no crack on balls else it will split open in hot oil.
    Malai Kofta Making
  2. Deep fry the koftas in hot oil. Don't over crown the pan as it will be difficult to turn the balls easily and they may rupture. Make it batch of 5 - 6 maximum.
    Malai Kofta
  3. Fry till golden brown on medium high flame. Once done remove from heat and keep on tissue paper.
    Malai Kofta/ Paneer Balls
Serving Malai Kofta
  1. Malai koftas are soft and if you add in hot gravy it will melt and mix in gravy. So while serving add the koftas to the gravy, add some extra cream or malai and serve hot with Naan or Paratha
    Malai Kofta
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