11 Sep 2014

Malai Kofta

Malai kofta is very rich, heavy and creamy Punjabi Sabji, where kofta or dumplings are made out of paneer and potatoes and later they are mixed in creamy and buttered gravy. Its very delicious and easy to make. See its Recipe below


For Gravy: 2 tbsp oil
1 tsp ginger paste
2 green chillies finely paste
2 tsp garlic paste
1/2 cinnamon stick finely powdered (2 tsp)
1/2 tsp black cloves powder
1 tsp coriander powder
1 tsp cumin powder
1/4 tsp turmeric powder
1 tsp red chilly powder
1 tsp garam masala powder
1 large tomato, finely pureed
2-3 medium onion paste
7 cashews and 2 tsp khas khas (mix both and soak in little qty of water for 15-20 minutes, later grind and make a fine paste of it)
1 cup water
1/4 cup cold milk
3 tbsp fresh cream or makhan
Salt to taste

For Kofta
250 gms Potatoes
1 tsp green chilly paste and pinch of red chilly powder
2 tsp white corn flour
3-4 tbsp bread crumbs (or if you do not have bread crumbs handy, simply sprinkle water on bread and squeeze the water out of it by pressing it in between your palms and crumble it)
100 gms paneer (cottage cheese)
7 pcs of almond (grind it in to a powder)
7-8 pcs of pistachios (grind in to powder)
Oil for frying koftas
1 1/2 cup of gravy prepared
2 tsp fresh cream or makhan
Salt to taste


For Gravy:
  • In a pan, heat oil, and saute ginger-garlic-green chilly paste, cloves powder, cinnamon powder, cumin powder and coriander powder for 2-3 minutes.
  • Now add in and saute onion puree, salt, turmeric powder, red chilly powder and garam masala powder. Later, Add tomato puree, Cashew-Khas khas finely grinded paste, and water. 
  • Cook all for 5 minutes on medium-low flame.
  • Once done, turn the flame to low and add cold milk to the gravy. (keep stirring gravy while adding milk to it, this will avoid curdling).
  • After adding milk, stir the gravy for a minute continuously and add fresh cream or makhan to it and after 2-3 minutes of it, turn the flame off. The consistency of the gravy should be little thick by now and its ready.
  • Keep it aside and let make koftas now.

For Koftas:
  • Grate Paneer and knead it until it becomes soft and forms like a dough. Add grinded almond, pistachios powder and Salt to taste. Mix in well.

  • In a bowl, mash boiled potatoes, add bread crumbs, white corn flour, green chilly paste and salt to taste. Mix all well and spread it with your fingers in a plate. See below the picture..

  • Now Spread kneaded dough like paneer mixture over potato mixture.

  • Roll the Potato Mixture with paneer inside till the end and make small kofta balls out of it. 

  • Heat Sufficient oil on medium flame in a pan for frying koftas. (Make sure oil is real hot before frying koftas in it, else it will break down).
  • Fry all the kofta balls in it on medium flame only, until golden.

  • And yesss you are done. Add this ready koftas in a gravy, before few minutes when you are ready to serve. and garnish it with fresh cream or makhan.
  • Serve it with plain paratha.

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