Malai Kofta

BM #73 Week 1 Day 2 - 

For the second day, check out Malai kofta combined with Roti/Naan or Rice.

Any festival is a time to indulge, right? So go ahead and indulge in this slightly guilt-free malai kofta to celebrate the festival of colors.

Recipe Inspiration Vahchef
Ingredients - 
Tomato, chopped 1/2 cup
Onion, chopped 1 cup
Ginger-Garlic-Green Chili paste 2 tsp
Cashew powder 3 Tbsp
Cream / Milk / Half n Half Milk 1/2 cup
Dhania Powder, Jeera powder teaspoon each
Salt and Red Chili Powder as needed
Cilantro / Coriander leaves few stalks
Seasoning (Oil 1 Tbsp, Shajeera 1/2 tsp, Cloves 2-3. Cinnamon 1/2 inch, Cardamom 1)
For the Kofta - 
Mixed Vegetables, minced 1 cup
Paneer, grated 1 cup
Potato, boiled and grated 1 cup
Green Chilies as needed (I didn't use)
Dhania Powder 1 tsp
Jeera Powder 1 tsp
Salt and Red Chili Powder as needed
Cashews, crushed 2 Tbsp
Cilantro/Coriander leaves finely chopped 2 Tbsp
Corn flour / Bread Crumbs as needed

Oil to fry / shallow fry

*I have used a paniyaram pan /aabelskiver pan to make the koftas. An air fryer is also an excellent way to make these koftas.
*But be careful if you plan on deep frying the koftas as they might crack open and splash hot oil. (Personal experience). Maybe try one kofta first to see if all is well. 

Malai Kofta

Method Of Preparation -
To prepare the koftas - 
If there is a lot of moisture in the minced vegetables, it is advisable to squeeze out the excess water and use it. The water can be used to make the gravy.

Mix all the ingredients needed to make koftas excluding corn flour/bread crumbs and oil and mix well. 

Add bread crumbs if using the paniyaram or the air fryer.

Gently knead to make a stiff dough. Pinch small lime sized portions to make a kofta and cook them evenly in the paniyaram pan. 

If planning to deep fry the koftas, roll the koftas in cron flour and then gently slide into hot oil.

Set aside the koftas while the gravy is prepared. I got about 20 koftas.

To prepare the gravy - 
In a heated pan, add oil, shajeera, cloves, cinnamon and cardamom. 

Saute the onions, ginger-garlic-green chili paste. Add in the tomatoes and cook until they turn mushy.

Grind the mixture and pour it back into the pan. Add a little water to adjust the consistency.

Sprinkle cashew powder, dhania powder, turmeric, jeera powder, red chili powder and salt.

[I reduce my cooking time by using the soup option on my Vitamix high power blender. I put raw onions, tomatoes, cloves, cinnamon, cardamom, ginger, garlic, green chili, Cilantro, and cashews. It runs for about 6 minutes. I then transfer the steaming hot mixture into the heated pan with oil and shajeera. I then add turmeric, red chili powder and salt to taste ]

Let the mixture come to a rolling boil. Add cream/milk and let the mixture cook for a while. 

Remove from heat and add the koftas just before serving. Garnish with chopped coriander leaves.


Preparation Time 1 hour
Serves 6-7
Posted by Harini R on Saturday, February 4, 2017


  1. Kalyani Says:
  2. you are bringing all my favourites too early for Holi, Harini ! wish cud drop in to taste this- the kaftan look v tempting...

  3. Sandhiya Says:
  4. My all time fav side dish to order in restaurant,but never tried so far at home. your sauce looks so creamy & inviting.

  5. Pavani Says:
  6. Love love this dish. Rarely make it 'cos it's so high in calories. You are tempting me with your lower fat version -- will have to try it out some time.

  7. wow so rich and creamy - looks wonderful

  8. rajani Says:
  9. This user to be a regular order when eating out. Haven't tried making at home.

  10. Priya Suresh Says:
  11. Omg, wat a rich looking malai kofta, my mouth is just watering here.

  12. That is a nice creamy curry. Perfect side for rotis/ naan.

  13. The koftas are nice and creamy , very tempting !

  14. Suma Gandlur Says:
  15. That is one rich and tempting Kofta dish.

  16. preeti garg Says:
  17. Malai kofta curry is all time favourite of mine.. looks yum.

  18. My kids would eat couple of extra rotis if I serve them this malai kofta. Looks so creamy and delicious.

  19. Srivalli Says:
  20. I am sure this malai kofta will make everybody reach again for another serving!..looks super yummy!

  21. one of the favorites we order while eating out, never tried at home! making the kofta's in the paniyaram pan,is a lovely option!

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