Mar 14, 2010

Malai Kofta

Malai Kofta has always been one of my favorites ( even my mom's fav ) and so when i saw this post at A2Z Vegetarian Cuisine, i had to cook it again.

Like typical of any Mughlai food, this dish is also characterized by rich and creamy curry with a distinct aroma and taste of spices.

Let's collect Ingredients for Kofta's:

3-4 Potatoes, boiled and mashed.
2 Green chillies, finely chopped
1/2 Cup Cottage Cheese (Paneer), grated
1/2 Cup Carrot & Peas, par-boiled & squeezed to remove excess water
2 tablespoon Cornflour/ corn starch
1/4 cup Raisins & Cashew nuts
Salt to taste
Oil for Deep Fry

Let's collect Ingredients for Gravy:

2-3 Onions
1 Cup Tomato puree
2 tablespoon Ginger-Garlic paste
2 Green Chillies, finely chopped
1 tsp Coriander powder
1 tsp .Cumin powder
1/4 tsp Turmeric powder
1/2 tsp Red chilli powder
1 tsp Cumin (Shah Jeera)
1 tsp Garam Masala
1/2 Cup Cream
Salt to taste
1 tsp Sugar to taste
Oil 3 tablespoons

Let's prepare Koftas :

Put all the ingredients together in a bowl and mix them well.

Divide the mixture into equal sized parts forming balls or oval shaped balls.

Deep fry in hot oil until slightly golden brown. Drain and keep aside.

For healthier version it can be baked in oven. Spray little oil on koftas and place them in oven for 10-15 mins in pre-heated oven.

Let's prepare Gravy :

Peel and cut onion in pieces and boil with a cup of water for ten minutes. Drain excess water, cool onions and grind them into a smooth paste. Set Aside.

Heat oil in a non-stick pan (kadai), add cumin (shah jeera), boiled onion paste and cook for five minutes.

Add ginger- garlic paste, few chopped green chillies, coriander powder, cumin powder, turmeric powder, and salt. Cook for a minute.

Add tomato puree and red chilli powder and cook on medium flame untill oil separates from gravy.

Add cream, garam masala powder and sugar. Simmer it for ten minutes on a slow flame. Stir occasionally.

Gently put all of these kofta's in the gravy when ready to serve.

Simmer for another 2 mins and enjoy this rich, creamy Malai Kofta.

Malai Kofta is a very well known mughlai dish. It goes well with paratha / nan, Basmati rice.
It can be decorated sprinkling coriander leaves / coconut flakes on top.

Tips :
Fry one kofta and check for binding, if it breaks, add a little more cornflour. Deep fry in hot oil.


Deepa said...

wow, such a creamy the click..

Padhu said...

Malai KOfta looks rich and creamy! mmmm mouthwatering.
Do drop by

Ms.Chitchat said...

You made me hungry. Lovely koftas. Step by step illustrations were too good.

Stephanie said...

Hi, You have a great blog and with detailed instructions like these I have confidence to try this. Love Koftas!! Peace, Stephanie

Jagruti said...

Great, rich and delicious malai kofta!! pics looks great...thank you for your kind message Lopa...

~ Lopa said...

Thanks everyone for dropping by and commenting :)
I really appreciate the support, that's what keeps me going :)

Cool Lassi(e) said...

First time here. Lovely Malai Kofta dear. You have a great collection of Vegetarian recipes. I love eating Veggie, most part of the week. :). I like your chili Bajji. Following you. Is that the Colosseum in the backdrop of your profile picture dear?I love Italy. I so want to visit Netherlands too.

Malar Gandhi said...

Hi Lopa, first time here, its a pleasure to discover ur space.:)

Malai koftas looks creamy rich and tempting:) Perfect:)

J said...

Hi Lopa, first time here.. loved ur space.. will be visiting often.. rich and creamy malai kofta is a hit at my home as well..
Loved ur sizzler too.. have been searching for a sizz;er plate..can u tell me where i can find them anywhere..can i order online..

~ Lopa said...

@ Cool Lassi(e) and @ Malar Gandhi

Thanks for dropping by and commenting... welcome to my blog ! :o)
Hope to see you more often.

~ Lopa said...

@ J

Yes you can order them online, on Amazon there are many varieties available. Check this link, you will have to check option of delivery in your area though.

Cooking Foodie said...

Hi Lopa, thanks for your kind words on my blog...
You have a great space here and all my favorite gujarati dishes :)
I am following you too... looking forward to more recipes

Siddhi S said...

wow lopa...malai kofatas look super yummy....lovely yummy

Anonymous said...

hey lopa,
I love malai kofta,soft and silky gravy,slightly sweet and spicy,mm yummy! ur recipe looks very nice.
also thanks for visiting my blog too.

Parita said...

Its my fvaorite too, looks so rich!

~ Lopa said...

@ Cooking Foodie
@ Siddhi S
@ B
@ Parita

Thanks girls for dropping by and those encouraging words :)

uma said...

Hi Lopa,
landed here through Indiblogger.. lovely Gujrati recipes..Kofta curry is tempting..

Smitha said...

I love Malai kofta too... I usually Fry them, but baking them sounds so healthy,..need to try it!!

R said...

ur malai kofta looks really tempting!

Babli said...

Malai kofta looks yummy, spicy, creamy and mouth watering.

A 2 Z Vegetarian Cuisine said...

So finally here is malai kofta,very glad to hear you liked our recipe..tried & blogged it as well..thanks for linking it back..

meeso said...

One of my favorites... Yummy :)

PranisKitchen said...

liked the presentation..
malai kofta looks so delicious..i used to prepare the shahi koftas

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