Malai Kofta: A Creamy and Flavorful Indian Delight

Malai Kofta is a classic Indian dish that combines soft and succulent paneer (Indian cottage cheese) dumplings with a rich and creamy gravy. It is a popular vegetarian option that is loved by people of all ages. If you’re looking to indulge in a flavorful and comforting meal, here’s a delicious Malai Kofta recipe for you to try:

Ingredients for Koftas:

  • 200 grams paneer (Indian cottage cheese), grated
  • 2 medium-sized potatoes, boiled and mashed
  • 2 tablespoons corn flour
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped coriander leaves
  • 1 teaspoon ginger-garlic paste
  • 1/2 teaspoon red chili powder
  • Salt to taste
  • Oil for deep frying

Ingredients for Gravy:

  • 2 tablespoons ghee or clarified butter
  • 1 medium-sized onion, finely chopped
  • 2 medium-sized tomatoes, pureed
  • 1/2 cup cashew nuts, soaked in warm water and ground to a paste
  • 1/4 cup fresh cream
  • 1 teaspoon ginger-garlic paste
  • 1 teaspoon cumin powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon turmeric powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon red chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon garam masala
  • Salt to taste
  • 1 cup water (adjust as needed)
  • Finely chopped coriander leaves for garnishing


  1. To make the koftas, in a mixing bowl, combine grated paneer, mashed potatoes, corn flour, chopped coriander leaves, ginger-garlic paste, red chili powder, and salt. Mix well to form a smooth dough-like mixture.
  2. Divide the mixture into small portions and shape them into round or oval-shaped koftas. Set aside.
  3. Heat oil in a deep pan or kadai over medium heat. Once the oil is hot, gently drop the koftas into the oil and fry them until they turn golden brown. Remove them using a slotted spoon and drain excess oil on a kitchen towel. Set aside.
  4. In a separate pan, heat ghee or clarified butter over medium heat. Add the finely chopped onions and sauté until they turn golden brown.
  5. Add ginger-garlic paste and sauté for a minute until the raw aroma disappears. Then, add the tomato puree and cook until the oil separates from the mixture.
  6. Add the cashew nut paste and mix well. Cook for a couple of minutes, stirring continuously.
  7. Reduce the heat to low and add cumin powder, turmeric powder, red chili powder, garam masala, and salt. Mix well to combine the spices with the gravy.
  8. Gradually add water to adjust the consistency of the gravy. Simmer for 5-7 minutes to allow the flavors to meld together.
  9. Stir in the fresh cream and mix well. Cook for another minute.
  10. Just before serving, gently place the fried koftas in the gravy and simmer for a couple of minutes, allowing the koftas to absorb the flavors.
  11. Garnish with freshly chopped coriander leaves.

Your delectable Malai Kofta is now ready to be served. It pairs well with Indian bread like naan, roti, or rice. Enjoy the creamy and flavorful indulgence that this dish brings to your table!

Note: Feel free to adjust the spice levels according to your preference. You can also add a pinch of sugar to balance the flavors if desired.

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