March 23, 2023

Malai Kofta Curry

Malai Kofta Curry is basically a rich, creamy and spicy curry masala recipe is prepared with crumbled paneer balls dipped in tomato onion based curry. . Lets have a look at the recipe.


For Kofta:

  • 1 cup panner, grated
  • 2 potatoes, boiled
  • ½ tsp garam masala
  • 1 tbsp cashews, chopped
  • 1 tbsp almonds, chopped
  • 2 tbsp corn flour or maida / all-purpose flour
  • oil for shallow / deep frying
  • salt to taste

For Puree:

  • 1 tbsp oil
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 2 tomatoes, finely chopped
  • 1 tsp ginger-garlic paste
  • ½ tsp turmeric powder
  • 1 – 2 tsp chilli powder
  • 1 – 1½ tsp coriander powder

For Kofta Gravy:

  • 2 tsp oil / butter
  • 1 bay leaf / tej patta
  • 2 cardamom / elaichi
  • 3 cloves / lavang
  • 1 inch cinnamon stick / dalchini
  • ¼ cup cashew paste
  • ½ tsp garam masala
  • salt to taste
  • ¼ cup water, adjust to the consistency
  • ¼ cup fresh cream, any cooking cream
  • 1 tbsp kasuri methi / dry fenugreek leaves

How to make Malai Kofta Curry

Kofta Recipe :

  • in a large mixing bowl, take 1 cup of grated panner, 2 boiled potatoes and mash them well. make sure there are no lumps of potatoes.
  • add salt, garam masala and chopped dry fruits (cashews and almonds)
  • combine everything well. and make small lemon sized balls.
  • coat with corn flour / maida flour to get a crispy coating.
  • deep fry the koftas on medium heat. you can also shallow fry till they turn golden brown.
  • flip in between to get uniform browning.
  • once the koftas turn golden brown, drain to a paper towel to absorb excess oil.

Puree Recipe:

  • in a large kadai, take 1-2 tsp of oil and saute chopped onions till they sweat.
  • next add ginger-garlic paste. saute till the raw smell of ginger-garlic disappears.
  • now add chopped tomatoes and saute for a minute or two.
  • then cook them covered for atleast 15 minutes or till they are completely cooked.
  • time to add dry spices like turmeric powder, chilli powder and coriander powder.
  • fry the masala on medium flame and make sure you do not burn them.
  • switch off the flame and allow the mixture to cool completely before you blend them to smooth puree.
  • blend to smooth puree adding required water.

Kofta Gravy Recipe:

  • in a large kadai, take 2 tsp of oil and fry spices. fry bay leaf, cardamom, cloves and cinnamon stick till they turn fragrant.
  • now add the blended puree prepared previously.
  • boil the paste for 3 minutes on medium flame. keep stirring continuously else they will start popping out and create a mess.
  • now add ¼ cup of cashew paste and give a good mix.
  • cover and cook for 10 minutes.
  • now add garam masala, salt to taste and some water. adjust the consistency of gravy. give a good mix and get to a boil.
  • add ¼ cup of fresh cream (malai) and cook for a minute.
  • finally add crushed kasuri methi.
  • place the koftas into the serving plate and pour the gravy over it. enjoy malai kofta with hot garlic naan / chapathi / rotis.

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