Malai Kofta – Restaurant Style Recipe

Malai Kofta – Restaurant Style Recipe

Malai Kofta is a popular vegetarian Indian dish. It’s often served in Indian restaurants and you can find many variations of this dish. Malai means cream and Kofta are fried dumpling balls. Usually they are made up of mashed potatoes, mix vegetables or paneer. In our authentic recipe we show you how to make your own restaurant style Malai Kofta.



Ingredients (Kofta)
100 g paneer, grated
2 mid-sized potatoes, boiled, peeled and grated
¼ tsp red chili powder
2 tbs cornflour
⅛ tsp Garam Masala
1 tbs almond flour
Salt, to season
Neutral oil, for frying

Ingredients (Gravy)
2 medium onions, pureed
200 g tomato puree
3 tbs cashew paste
¼ tsp turmeric
¾ tsp red chili powder
2 tbs Garlic-Ginger Paste
¼ tsp Garam Masala
300 ml water
1 tsp dry fenugreek leaves
Salt, to season

Ingredients (Spices)
1 tej patta (indian bay leaf)
1 small piece cinnamon
2 black cardamom
3 green cardamom
1 pinch mace powder
3 cloves

Ingredients (For Serving)
1 tbs paneer, grated
2 tbs cream
Fresh coriander leaves

First Part: Malai Kofta Balls

Mix all ingredients for paneer kofta (except oil) in a bowl. Use your hands to form medium sized balls and deep fry them in hot oil until crispy. Set aside and prepare the gravy.

Second Part: The Gravy

Remove most of the oil from the pan and keep about 2 tbs. Now add all whole spices and fry until the oil becomes fragrant. Add onion paste and stir fry for one minute.

Next add Garlic-Ginger Paste and fry for 30 seconds. Now add tomato puree and saute for 2-3 minutes.

Season with turmeric, red chili powder, Garam Masala and cashew paste. Stir well until oil starts to seperate on the sides of the masala paste. Add water and stir again. The sauce shouldn’t be watery at the end.

Now simmer on low heat for 10-12 minutes until the gravy begins to thicken. At the end add crushed fenugreek leaves and some salt. Gently add fried Koftas and stir into gravy.

Remove from heat and garnish with cream, grated paneer and coriander leaves on top. You can serve Malai Kofta next to Naan, Roti or fresh cooked rice.

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