Malai Kofta
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Malai Kofta Curry Recipe

Malai Kofta is a rich and creamy curry made from paneer / cottage cheese balls/ dumplings.
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Total Time1 hr 50 mins
Course: Main Dish, Paneer Special, Sabzi & Curry
Cuisine: Indian
Keyword: Indian Curry
Servings: 5 People
Author: Ipsa Faujdar


For malai kofta (cheese balls)

  • 1 ltr Milk take full fat milk for better result
  • 2 tbsp Vinegar
  • 2 medium Boiled potatoes grate/mashed
  • 1/2 cup Bread crumbs
  • 1 tsp Ginger Garlic Paste
  • 1 tsp Coriander leaves finely chopped
  • 1 Green Chilli finely chopped
  • 1 tsp Coriander Powder
  • 1/2 tsp Red Chilli Powder
  • 1/4 tsp Garam Masala
  • 1 tsp Milk powder or condensed milk
  • 1/2 tsp Salt or as per taste
  • 1 cup Oil for deep frying/ pan frying

For making gravy

  • 4 - 5 tbsp Refined Oil
  • 1 tsp Cumin seeds
  • 3 - 4 Cloves
  • 6 - 8 Black pepper
  • 1/2 inch Cinnamon stick
  • 4 Green Cardamom
  • 1 Bay Leaf
  • 2 medium Onion
  • 2 medium Tomatoes
  • 5 large Garlic pods
  • 1/2 inch Ginger
  • 8 - 10 Cashew nuts (take more if want more rich and creamy)
  • 1 tsp Dried fenugreek leaves (Kasuri Methi) crushed to powder
  • 1/4 - 1/2 cup Cream
  • 2 tbsp Coriander Powder
  • 1 tbsp Kashmiri red chilli powder
  • 1/2 tsp Turmeric powder
  • 3/4 tsp Salt or as per taste
  • 1 Water or as per required consistency
  • 1/2 - 3/4 tsp Sugar


Making paneer

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Malai Paneer
  • Squeeze out all excess water from paneer and make it dry.
    Malai Paneer
  • Keep it aside in a mixing bowl.

Making Kofta Balls

  • In the same mixing bowl add 2 medium boiled potatoes mashed fully or grated.
    Malai Kofta
  • Add all ingredients mention above in "making kofta" category.
    Malai Kofta Mixture
  • Mix them well and make a dough like mixture. You can add extra 1 tbsp corn flour to the mixture also.
  • Keep it in refrigerator for 30 minutes to set.
    Malai Kofta Mixture

Preparing Curry Gravy

  • Heat Oil in a pan. Add cumin seeds and other whole spices to it.
    malai kofta gravy whole spices
  • Then add ginger and garlic and saute for a minute.
    Malai Gofta gravy making
  • Add chopped onion and saute till translucent.
    Malai Kofta gravy making
  • Remove from heat and transfer to plate to cool.
    Malai Kofta gravy making
  • 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.
  • Remove from heat and keep aside to cool.
    Malai Kofta Gravy Making
  • Transfer to a mixing jar.
    Malai Kofta Gravy Making
  • Add in coriander powder, red chilli powder, turmeric powder. add little water and grind to fine paste.
    Malai Kofta Gravy Making
  • Malai Kofta Gravy Making
  • Heat Pan and add 1 tbsp oil. Transfer the puree to pan. Saute till it leaves oil.
    Malai Kofta Gravy
  • Add 1/2 - 1 cup water. Mix well. Add fresh cream and crushed kasuri methi.
    Malai kofta gravy making
  • Let it simmer for some time. add chopped coriander leaves to it.

Frying Koftas

  • 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
  • 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
  • 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

  • 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