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Malai Kofta

Neha Paliwal
20 minutes
Prep Time
45 minutes
Cook Time
3 People
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Malai Kofta Malai Kofta is a rich gravy with fried balls, which is normally served in marriages or functions and very much demanded in restaurants. Malai kofta gravy is an absolute delight for all the vegetarians as well as non-vegetarians.

Recipe Tags

  • Veg
  • Medium
  • Dinner Party
  • Stir fry
  • Frying
  • Main Dish
  • Vegan

Ingredients Serving: 3

  1. For koftas 100 grams - paneer (cottage cheese)(grated)
  2. 1/2 a cup cabbage (shredded)
  3. 1/2 a cup finely chopped spinach
  4. 2 tsp finely chopped coriander
  5. 1 and 1/2 tsp cornflour powder
  6. oil for frying
  7. 2 to 3 chopped green chilies
  8. salt 1/2 tsp 
  9. Black pepper powder - 1 tsp
  10. 2slices of bread
  11. Milk 2 tbsp
  12. For gravy - Onions- 2 medium sized(roughly chopped)
  13. tomatoes - 3 to 4 big sized (roughly chopped)
  14. garlic cloves - 7 to 8 pieces
  15. Red dry chilies - 2 to 3(optional)
  16. coriander powder - 2 tsp
  17. turmeric powder - 1 tsp
  18. Red chili powder - 1 and 1/2 tsp
  19. Dry mango powder - 1 tsp
  20. salt as per taste
  21. sugar - 1/2 tsp
  22. cumin seeds - 1 and 1/2 tsp
  23. Milk - 1/2 cup
  24. Fresh malai or cream - 2 tbsp
  25. Green coriander and cream for garnishing.


  1. In a wok and add your chopped spinach and grated cabbage in the wok and roast it for few minutes without any oil, just dry roast to get rid out of the moisture in the vegetables. When the moisture gets vanished, keep it aside and let it cool down.
  2. Now take a bowl add grated paneer, coriander leaves, green chilies, spinach and cabbage in it. Add cornflour also. Now take the bread slices and pour some milk on it. When the bread turns out to be soft and little wet, take out its sides, crumble the bread and mix it in the bowl.
  3. Add salt and pepper powder and mix the mixture very well with your hands and make a soft dough out of it. Now divide the dough into small portions and make small round balls or long sized balls as per your choice.
  4. Now take a wok add oil and heat it up. Fry these balls till they turn golden in color and place them on an absorbent paper and keep aside. For the gravy Take a wok add 1 tbsp oil and heat it up. Add cumin seeds and dry red chilies and let it crackle.
  5. Now add garlic and tomatoes and stir them also. Now add salt, sugar, turmeric powder, coriander powder, red chili powder and mango powder and mix it well. Now add 1 tbsp of malai/fresh cream and mix it again. This process will take around 10 minutes.
  6. Now switch off the flame and let the masala cools down. When the masala perfectly cools down, grind it in the mixer grinder and make a paste. Now in the same wok add 1 tbsp oil, heat it up and add the tomato onion paste in the wok.
  7. Stir it till 2 boil comes up. Now add another 1 tbsp malai and milk in the gravy. Now after 2 to 3 boils, add little water in the gravy.(little water not a cup full of water)
  8. Now after 2 to 3 boils, add little water in the gravy.(little water not a cup full of water) Lastly when the gravy starts getting thicker add fried balls (kofta)in the gravy and turn off the flame. Garnish it with green coriander and cream.Your Malai Kofta is ready to enjoy.

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