Malai Kofta
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Author vahchef Yield No Value
Published Oct 9, 2007 Cooking Time 1 hour
Recipe Type Veg-Main Preparation Time 30 min
Ingredient Paneer/Cheese Standing Time 1 hour
Description: Malai Kofta is a classic North Indian dish. Koftas added into a richly flavored tomato cream base sauce to make a yummy and silky gravy which is served as a great side dish for rotis or pulaos.

Recipe of Malai Kofta

Ingredient Name Quantity Unit
Oil 2 Tablespoons
Cumin Pdr 1 Tablespoons
Ginger Garlic Paste 1 Tablespoons
Garam Masala 1 Slice
Cream 1/2 Cup
Coriander Pdr 2 Tablespoons
Coriander Chopped 1/4 Bunch
Chopped Chilli 2 Piece
Onion 2 Numbers
Paneer Grated 1 Cup
Red Chilli Pdr 1 Teaspoons
Salt 1 To Taste
Turmeric 1 Pinch
Sahi Jeera 1 Teaspoons
Grated Mix Vegetable 1 Cup
Grated Boiled Potato 1 Cup
Cashew/pista Or Almonds 20 Grams
Tomato 2 Numbers


  1. Mash the potatoes, mixed vegetables, paneer and mix together. Add the spices to this mash and mix well. The resulting dough should be firm. If not add some bread crumbs ( only if you mess up} Season with salt.                             
  2. Make this dough into balls and put 1/2 a tsp of the nuts and mix in the center of each ball. Roll into perfect rounds. Coat it with some cornflour or all purpose flour.                              
  3. Heat the oil and deep fry the koftas on a medium flame till pale golden color.                                
  4. Drain on paper towels and keep aside.                             
  5. For the gravy, first heat the 2 tbsp of oil in a deep pan and fry the onions till light brown.                             
  6. Grind into a paste along with the tomatoes, onions, ginger, garlic, coriander, and red chilli powders.                               
  7. Heat oil add black cumin.                               
  8. Put this paste back into the pan and fry till the oil begins to separate from the masala.                              
  9. Add 1 cup of warm water (the sauce for this dish is meant to be thick so do not add too much water) to this masala to form a sauce/gravy. Mix well. Season with salt.                      
  10. Bring the sauce/gravy to a boil and then reduce the fire to a simmer.                       
  11. Add cream, If you don’t have cream add little milk and mix fast with out curdling and add finely grated paneer that will give good creamy texture.                            
  12. Gently add the koftas to this sauce/gravy and stop cooking.                              
  13. Turn off the fire and sprinkle the garam masala and chopped coriander all over the top of the dish.
Posted Oct 9, 2007

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1 day ago
Chef LOL. I made the malai kofta with naan as per your video. It came out well and every appreciated
Thank u chef.

Sep 11, 2014
Very delicious.

Jul 26, 2014
This recipe is awesome!!!
Thanks chef!

Jan 1, 2014
This is a great recipe. I made it and it came out awesome. Thanks chef, u are the best.

gunjan Nov 21, 2012
I made the koftas with this method. Squeezing the vegetables made a whole lot of difference! The mixture of kofta was so dry and easy to work with. The koftas turned out to be so soft and delicate!

I also added kasoori methi to the gravy.

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