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Malai Kofta Recipe Step By Step Instructions

Malai Kofta Recipe | Restaurant Style Malai Kofta Curry

Malai Kofta is a delicious North Indian specialty dish consisting of soft Paneer & Potato balls floated in rich gravy.
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Recipe Info

Prep Time 45 mins
Cook Time 45 mins
Total Time 1 hr 30 mins
Servings 5
Category Main Course
Cuisine Indian

Nutrition

Calories: 360kcal | Carbohydrates: 19g | Protein: 12g | Fat: 7g

Ingredients For Malai Kofta Recipe | Restaurant Style Malai Kofta Curry
  

For Kofta Balls

  • 200 gm Paneer (Indian Cottage Cheeses)
  • 2 Large Potatoes
  • 1 Carrot
  • 1/2 Cup Peas
  • 1 Tablespoon Corn Flour or Maida (Plain Flour/All Purpose Flour)
  • 1 Teaspoon Coriander Powder
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Garam Masala
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Jeera Powder (Cumin Powder)
  • 1 Teaspoon Red Chilli Powder
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Turmeric Powder
  • 1 Teaspoon Salt or as per taste
  • 1 Teaspoon Kasuri Methi (Dry Fenugreek Leaves)
  • Oil for Frying

For Gravy

  • 2 Medium Sized Onions
  • 2 Large Tomatoes
  • 2 Green Chillies
  • 4-5 CLoves of Garlic
  • 1 Inch Piece of Ginger
  • 10-12 Cashews
  • 1/2 Cup Heavy Cream or Milk
  • 1 Teaspoon Jeera (Cumin Seeds)
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Red Chilli Powder
  • 1 Teaspoon Coriander Powder
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Turmeric Powder (Haldi)
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Garam Masala
  • 1 Teaspoon Salt, or as per taste
  • 1 Tablespoon Oil

Step By Step Instructions for Malai Kofta Recipe | Restaurant Style Malai Kofta Curry
 

Preparing the koftas

  • Grate paneer in a bowl. If you are using home made paneer, take care that it is drained of water.
    200 gm Paneer (Indian Cottage Cheeses)
    Malai Kofta Recipe Step By Step Instructions 1
  • Boil potatoes and add them in the bowl.
    2 Large Potatoes
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  • Boil the carrot and green peas and drain all the water out of them. Add the boiled vegetables to the bowl. You can add any other vegetable of your choice, or skip adding them altogether. Adding some vegetables help the koftas to bind well and also increase the nutritional content.
    1 Carrot, 1/2 Cup Peas
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  • Mash all the vegetables.
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  • Add salt, garam masala, turmeric powder, red chili powder, coriander powder and cumin powder to the mixture.
    1 Teaspoon Coriander Powder, 1/2 Teaspoon Garam Masala, 1 Teaspoon Red Chilli Powder, 1/2 Teaspoon Turmeric Powder, 1 Teaspoon Salt or as per taste, 1/2 Teaspoon Jeera Powder (Cumin Powder)
    Malai Kofta Recipe Step By Step Instructions 5
  • Add corn flour or all purpose flour (maida). Optionally, you can also add some crushed nuts to the mixture.
    1 Tablespoon Corn Flour or Maida (Plain Flour/All Purpose Flour)
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  • Mix the spices and maida nicely with the mashed vegetables.
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  • Divide this mixture into 8-10 equal portions. Shape these portions into round, oval or bullet shapes. Coat the koftas with plain flour or cornflour to absorb any excess moisture.
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  • Heat oil in a kadai or a deep frying pan over medium flame. When the oil is hot, gently slide 2-3 balls in oil from side of pan.
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  • Take care not to splash the hot oil and deep fry until the koftas turn golden brown. Take care when turning the koftas as they are very fragile.
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  • Take out the koftas and drain the excess oil on an absorbent paper and repeat the process for remaining koftas. Keep the prepared koftas aside.
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Preparing the gravy

  • Now we start the preparation of gravy for the kofta. Chop onions, tomatoes, green chillies, ginger and garlic.
    2 Medium Sized Onions, 2 Large Tomatoes, 2 Green Chillies, 1 Inch Piece of Ginger, 4-5 CLoves of Garlic
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  • Heat oil in a pan and put jeera (cumin seeds) in it.
    1 Teaspoon Jeera (Cumin Seeds)
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  • When they start to splutter add green chilies, garlic & ginger pieces to the oil.
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  • Add chopped onions to the pan.
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  • Saute them till they become soft and golden brown.
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  • Then add chopped tomatoes and cook till the raw smell of tomatoes goes away.
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  • Set the gravy aside and let it cool down slightly.
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  • Roast some cashew nuts, making sure that they do not get burnt.
    10-12 Cashews
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  • Add the roasted cashews to a food processor and grind them.
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  • Add the prepared onion tomato gravy to a food processor or blender.
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  • Grind it to a smooth paste. You can add a little water if required.
  • Heat oil in a pan. Add turmeric powder, red chilli powder, coriander powder and garam masala to the oil. Cook for a few seconds.
    1/2 Teaspoon Red Chilli Powder, 1 Teaspoon Coriander Powder, 1/2 Teaspoon Turmeric Powder (Haldi), 1/2 Teaspoon Garam Masala
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  • Add the pureed gravy to the pan and mix it well with all the spices.
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  • Cook for a few minutes and then add salt according to taste.
    1 Teaspoon Salt, or as per taste
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  • Now add heavy cream to the mixture. If you want to make the dish a little lighter, you can use milk instead of the cream.
    1/2 Cup Heavy Cream or Milk
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  • Add some kasuri methi to the gravy and cook it for a few minutes.
    1 Teaspoon Kasuri Methi (Dry Fenugreek Leaves)
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  • Now add the kofta balls to the gravy. If you are serving the dish in a party, you can also keep the balls separately and add them to the gravy just before serving. Garnish the malai kofta with grated paneer and coriander leaves.
    Malai Kofta Recipe Step By Step Instructions