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Tuesday, August 19, 2014

I have had malai kofta only once in my life time. Could you believe? Yeah. This is the second time but I made it myself. First time I had in a restaurant, it was a stuffed version, with cheese or dry fruits I do not remember. I had no idea trying this at home as well. But I saw a cute serving dish at Mustafa the one you see below in which I have kept the koftas. I everytime looks at it as its really cute and I wanted to buy it. And finally once got it too and thought I should post malai kofta in thisBlushing. Silly right, but somehow I tried malai kofta as well. This is a no onion no garlic version. But comes out really tasty. Its similar to the cauliflower kofta curry I had posted before. You can eat the koftas as such too or float it in this rich gravy.

Malai kofta recipe

Recipe Cuisine: Indian  |  Recipe Category: Side dish
Prep Time: 20 mins    |  Cook time: 35 mins    Serves: 4

Ingredients For Kofta

Paneer,grated - 1 Cup

Potatoes - 4

Bread crumbs - 3 tblsp

Garam masala - 1/4 tsp

Chat masala - 1/4 tsp

Pepper powder - 1/4 tsp

Salt - As needed

Chopped coriander leaves - 2 tbslp

Oil - For deep frying

Ingredients For Gravy

Tomato puree - 1 cup, from 3-4 tomatoes

Oil/Ghee - 1 tblsp

Jeera/Cumin seed - 1 tsp

Cinnamon - 1 small piece

Cardamom - 1

Clove - 1

Ginger chopped - 2 tsp

Garam masala Powder - 1/2 tsp

Red chilli powder - 1 tsp

Coriander powder - 1 & 1/2 tsp

Turmeric powder - 1/8 tsp

Salt - As needed

Coriander leaves,chopped - 2 tbslp

Milk - 1/2 cup

Cream - 1/2 cup


  1. Pressure cook potato for 3 whistle with little water. Drain, cool, peel and mash it.
  2. 1-mash
  3. Boil water and immerse paneer cubes in it until its soft. Drain, cool and crumble it.
  4. 2-paneer
  5. I did it in my mixer by running it once. You can do with your hands as well. If using block paneer, thaw it and grate it in a fine grater. Mix all the ingredients  needed for kofta in the ingredients table.
  6. 3-mix
  7. Form it to a dough. Make small equal sized balls out of it.
  8. 4-roll
  9. Arrange everything in a plate and heat oil meanwhile. Deep fry in oil in medium flame in batches.
  10. 5-fry
  11. Cook until golden in colour. Turn occasionally in between to ensure even browning and cooking. Drain in a paper towel.
  12. 6-drain
  13. For gravy, I ground 3 large tomatoes to get 1 cup puree. Depending on the size of the tomatoes adjust the number of tomatoes using.
  14. 7-grind
  15. Heat a pan with oil and temper with the whole garam masala followed by jeera. Add chopped ginger and just give it a fry. Add the pureed tomato.
  16. 8-add
  17. Add the garam masala powder, red chilli powder, turmeric, salt and coriander powder. Mix and cook covered in medium flame with a lid as it will splutter a lot.
  18. 9-masala
  19. Mix in between to avoid burning. Once water evaporates, you can continue cooking without lid. Add more oil if need and fry.Once oil oozes out and masala becomes thick, add milk little by little and mix in low flame.
  20. 10-fry
  21. Do not add all at once, keep stirring and add little by little. Lastly add cream also same way little by little. Never let the gravy boil on high flame at any point as it would lead to curdling.
  22. 11-cream
  23. Lastly add coriander leaves and koftas. Do not mix. Let it be as such.
  24. 12-garnish


    • Do not over cook potatoes as it will retain water and koftas will be too soft to handle.
    • If you do not have bread crumbs, you can use fresh bread slices crumbled in a mixer too.
    • If no bread crumbs or bread is available, add 1 tblsp maida or corn flour as binding agent.
    • Add koftas a little while before serving.
    • Do not let the gravy boil in high flame after adding milk and cream as it will lead to curdling of the gravy. Also do not add all at once, add little by little stirring.
    • You can add kasuri methi while frying the puree for extra flavor.

Serve with hot phulkas, best! Goes well with any mild pulaos too like jeera pualo.


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  1. Super tempting Malai koftas. I too saw the cute paniyaram serving bowls in mustafa every time. Nicely presented

  2. Wow.i too have tasted it rarely and think have made once only using instant gulaab jamoon flour.i appreciate your work of preparing in small quantities .It is best for health and saves time too.

  3. yummy yummy malai kofta and i made first time too raji

  4. Mouthwatering recipe...

  5. Looks very tempting!!!

  6. Mmm...just delicious...Malai koftas are one of my favorite and I order them almost always when in restaruants

  7. By looking at such delicious looking malai koftas I surely belive that you would have many more malai koftas in months to come

  8. Malaikofta is my son's favourite dish thanks for posting this recipe raks

  9. Super duper presentation. Floating koftas in creamy gravy makes me drool.
    Since it is a 'No onion, No garlic' version, you could've added cashew nut paste to make it even more richer & tastier.

  10. Can i make the koftas at previous day evening for the next day breakfast? shall i store it in fridge? reply pl...

    1. It can be rolled and kept ready, next day, you can just fry and add to the gravy.

    2. Thaks 4 the reply dear...

  11. I tried your version of malai kofta today and it came out good better than vahchefs malai kofta. Best part is no onion. Only the quantity was little. I was able to serve only 2. Thanks for the wonderful recipe.

  12. Hi,
    I m a big follower of all ur recipes . . and they always turn out a super hit. Unfortunately this kofta just melted in oil. Not sure what went wrong in my proportions . . can u help please ?

    1. You can try adding corn flour or maida one or 2 tsp to bind it. Bread and potato by itself binds well. Problem could be potato retained more water or paneer was more or paneer too coarse.

    2. Thank u very much for your response! Let me correct and try this again. Thank u :)

  13. I grinded rusk n added it.. Come out well... Thank you

  14. Malai kofta is my favourite
    If i want to add onion garlic...
    Is there recepie with onion garlic?

    1. Just fry a large onion and 3 flakes garlic for this recipe and grind with tomato


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