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Malai Kofta: A perfect recipe for quick cook

Paneer is all time favorite of the vegetarians, and so it is commonly cooked in everyone’s house too. Sometimes, you get a sudden call for guests at your place, in a short notice if you get puzzled what to cook? If you want to make something tempting and delicious nothing could be simple and tastier than opting for the Malai Kofta.

It is one of the much loved vegetarian Indian dishes found in the menu of every restaurant. Perfect main course and a mouthwatering dish tastes as a fried dumpling filled with paneer (Indian cottage cheese) and mashed potatoes dipped into thick creamy, lightly sweet onion and tomato based gravy.

The Taste has a unique combination for every occasion and loved by kids and adults as well.

    Preparation Details:

Total Time60 Minutes
Prep Time30 Minutes
Cook Time30 Minutes
Serving3 to 4 servings
Cooking DifficultyMedium

    Ingredients:

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  • 100 gm grated cottage cheese
  • 2 medium size boiled, peeled and grated potatoes
  • 2 tablespoon cornflour
  • 1/3 teaspoon red chili powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon garam masala powder
  • 1 tablespoon milk powder or 1 tablespoon khoya (Mawa)
  • Salt as required
  • Oil for frying


  • ½ cup onion paste or 2 large onions pureedveg food recipe
  • 1 cup tomato puree or 2 large tomatoes purees
  • 1 tablespoon turmeric powder
  • ½ tablespoon red chili powder
  • ¼ tablespoon garam masala powder
  • ¼ cup cashew paste (15 cashews soaked in warm water for 30 minutes and blend it in a smooth paste)
  • 5 garlic clove and 1-inch ginger (make a smooth paste)
  • 1 tablespoon kasuri methi( dry fenugreek leaves)
  • 2 cup water
  • Salt as required
  • ½ tablespoon sugar or as required
  • 2 tablespoon oil

    Whole Spices:veg food recipe

  • 1 Indian bay leaf
  • 1 black cardamom
  • 2 green cardamom
  • 1-inch cinnamon
  • 2 cloves

    Garnish:veg food recipes

  • 2 tablespoon cream
  • 1 tablespoon grated cheese cottage
  • Few chopped coriander leaves

    Cooking Steps:

Paneer Kofta Balls:

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  • Heat the oil in a pan.
  • In a large bowl, mix well all the Ingredients listed under kofta balls section.
  • Make medium sized balls and deep fry in medium hot oil till golden brown.
  • Keep them aside.

Also, Try: Non-Veggie Cheesy Chicken Tacos to enrich your taste buds!!

Kofta Gravy:

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  • Remove all the oil from the pan and add 2 tablespoon oil.
  • Add the whole spices and fry till it becomes fragment.
  • Add onion paste and fry till golden brown
  • Then add ginger garlic paste for 2 minutes till raw aroma goes away
  • Add tomato puree and sauté for 3 to 4 minutes.
  • Now add red chili powder, turmeric powder, garam masala powder, and cashew paste.
  • Stir till oil leave the sides.
  • All water and stir again.
  • Simmer till gravy becomes thick in consistency.
  • Add salt and crushed kasuri methi leaves
  • Add sugar to make it light sweet.
  • Then add koftas in the gravy.
  • Garnish with cream, coriander leaves, and grated cheese.

It tastes wonderful when served with hot Indian bread paratha, naan, roomali roti or jeera, and steamed basmati rice.

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Nutrition Facts:

  • Carbohydrates: 18g
  • Protein: 11g
  • Calories: 350
  • Fat: 7g

Special Tips:

  • If you do not like sweet curry than skip adding sugar and if you like then you can add sugar as per the taste.
  • If kofta balls are not binding well than you can add corn flour and make the ball again.
  • I want to make it spicier than add little more garlic ginger paste along with ½ tablespoon red chili powder.


  • The color of gravy can be kept white or red colored by adding more tomato purees and spice powders.
  • If paneer is made at home it is always better for koftas.

Happy eating!!

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