Malai Kofta / Cottage Cheese Balls in a rich creamy sauce

Malai Kofta


For the Koftas:-

Boiled, completely cooled, peeled & mashed Potato – 3/4 cup

Carrot – 1/2 cup, finely chopped

French fine beans – 1/4 cup, finely chopped

Paneer – 100 grams ( Grated)

Pepper powder – 1/4 tsp

Cumin powder – 1/4 tsp

Kasoori methi – 1/4 tsp

Turmeric powder – a pinch

Salt as needed

All purpose flour – 4 heaping tsps.

Cilantro – 1/4 cup

Cashews & raisins – as needed

Oil as needed for deep frying

For the gravy :-

Onion – 3 medium, cut into bite size cubes

Cashews – 50 gram soaked in hot water

Grated ginger – 2 tsps.

Grated garlic – 2 tsps.

Coriander powder – 3/4 heaping tsp

Kashmiri chilly powder – 3/4 heaping tsp

Turmeric powder – a pinch

Tomato – slightly less than 1 cup ( pureed in the mixer)

Water – 2 cups

Garam masala powder – 3/4 tsp

Cumin powder – 3/4 tsp.

Kasoori methi – 3/4 tsp

salt to taste

Chopped cilantro – 1/4 cup

Fresh cream – 1/2 cup ( Almarai cooking cream)


1.Let’s prepare the koftas first.Cover cook the carrot & the beans adding 1 tbsp of water on high power in your microwave for 5 minutes. Let cool.Combine all the ingredients ( except oil, cashews & raisins) for making the koftas & make 6 medium sized balls out of the mixture. Place a cashew & raisin in the center of each kofta & roll again. Heat the oil to steaming hot. Reduce heat & deep fry the balls till brown. Drain & keep aside.

2. For the gravy, cook the cubed onion in 2 cups of water. Bring to a boil & cover cook on low heat for 45 minutes. Seperate the cooked onion from the left over water & grind it to a smooth paste along with the soaked cashews. In a broad non-stick pan, heat 2 tbsps of oil & add the garlic & ginger. Cook for 10 minutes. Add the coriander, red chilly & turmeric powders & cook on low heat for 2 minutes. Add the tomato puree & fry for 10 minutes. Add 2 cups of water & bring the mixture to a boil. Add the cashew-onion paste, garam masala powder, cumin powder, kasoori methi & salt. Boil for 5 minutes till the gravy is thick. Add cilantro & fresh cream, mix well &  remove from heat.

3. To serve, place the prepared koftas in a serving dish & pour the gravy over the koftas. Garnish with toasted cashews & raisins.

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