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Malai Kofta

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Malai Kofta is the vegetarian alternative to meatballs. It goes very well with naans (tandoor-baked flatbread) or zeera Rice.
Malai Kofta recipe

Total servings: 4
Pre-Prep time:
Preperation time: 1 hour
Occasion: Any
Cuisine: Pakistani
Effort: Easy
Best for: All
How to serve: Hot


For the koftas:
2 cups peeled and diced boiled potatoes
1 cup mixed vegetables (carrots, beans, peas, sweet corn) boiled
1 cup paneer cubes
2 tbsps of double cream
1 tsp cumin powder
1 tsp coriander powder
1/2 tsp red chilli powder
1/2 cup chopped nuts (almonds, walnuts and cashewnuts)
1/4 raisins chopped fine
Salt to taste
Vegetable/ canola/ sunflower cooking oil to fry the koftas
For the sauce:
3 tbsps vegetable/ canola/ sunflower cooking oil
2 large onions quartered
2 tomatoes quartered
2 tbsps garlic paste
1 tbsp ginger paste
2 tsps coriander powder
1 tbsp cumin powder
1/2 tsp red chilli powder
1 tsp poppy seeds lightly roasted and ground into a powder
3 tbsps nuts (cashews and almonds) ground into a thick paste
Salt to taste
2 tsps garam masala


Mash the potatoes, mixed vegetables, paneer and cream together. Add the kofta spices to this mash and mix well. The resulting dough should be firm. If not add some more boiled potato. Season with salt.
Make this dough into balls and put 1/2 a tsp of the nut and raisin mix in the center of each ball. Roll into perfect rounds.
Heat the oil kept aside to fry the koftas, on a medium flame. Deep fry these rounds till pale golden in colour.
Drain on paper towels and keep aside.
For the gravy, first heat the 3 tbsps of oil in a deep pan and fry the onions till light brown.
Grind into a paste along with the tomatoes, onions, ginger, garlic, coriander, cumin and red chilli powders.
Put this paste back into the pan and fry till the oil begins to separate from the masala.
Add the poppy seeds powder and nut paste and fry for another 23 minutes.
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.
Bring the sauce/gravy to a boil and then reduce the fire to a simmer.
Gently add the kofas to this sauce/gravy and cook uncovered for 23 minutes.
Turn off the fire and sprinkle the garam masala all over the top of the dish. Cover immediately and allow to sit for 5 minutes.

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