Indian Food Recipe: Malai Kofta

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Indian Food Recipe: Malai Kofta

Malai means cream and kofta are fried balls. Therefore, malai kofta literally translates to koftas covered in creamy sauce. Originally, kofta means meatballs. Yet as time went by, this dish is made into the vegetarian version using vegetables. The balls are then served with thick, creamy gravy as a complimentary dish to butter naan, roti, or other flavored rice like jeera rice. As this dish takes time to make, it would be better to cook it during special occasions or weekends.

Serves: 4
Time required: 20 minutes

Ingredients :

  • 2 large Boiled potatoes
  • 100  gms Paneer
  • 1 tsp Chopped green chili
  • 25 gms Raisins
  • ¼ cup Cornflour
  • Oil for deep frying
  • Salt to taste

Gravy :

  • 1 cup Boiled onion paste
  • 1 tbsp Garlic paste
  • 1 tbsp Ginger paste
  • ½ cup Mawa / Milk powder
  • ½ cup Fresh cream
  • 1 tsp Tumeric Powder
  • 1 tsp Coriander Powder
  • 1 tsp Garam Masala powder
  • ½  cup Tomato Puree
  • 1 tsp Red Chili Powder
  • 2 tbsp Oil
  • Salt as per taste

Directions :

  1. Grate boiled potatoes and Paneer. Add chopped green chilies, cornflour and salt. Mix well.
  2. Divide into 16 equal sized balls. Stuff raisins into them. Deep fry in hot oil until slightly coloured. Keep aside. These are koftas.
  3. Heat oil in a Kadhai. Add Boiled Onion Paste and cook for 5 minutes.
  4. Add Ginger Paste, Garlic Paste, coriander powder, turmeric powder and salt. Cook for a minute. Add tomato puree and red chili powder and cook on a medium flame for 8-10 minutes. Add Garam Masala Powder.
  5. Dissolve mawa/milk powder in 1½ cup of water and add to the gravy. Bring it to a boil and simmer for 5 minutes on a slow flame. Finish with fresh cream.
  6. Put koftas in a serving dish and pour hot gravy on top.