Malai Kofta Curry

Malai-KoftaStrangely, the name of the recipe says that there must be a lot of Malai which unfortunately is not much true. The Koftas are simply the vegetarian substitute for the meat balls. In terms of the famous chef, Sanjeev Kappor, ‘Malai Kofta Curry is a creamy & rich preparation with cottage cheese dumplings’.

I tried this rich tomato, onion and cashew gravy dish for dinner and with my Indianized touch, it turned out to be a great one. Being a fancy dish often served at the restaurants and weddings, it proves to be the favourite of majority of us.

Malai means ‘cream’ and Kofta means ‘dumplings’. There can be a number of variations in making Malai Kofta as some of us use vegetables and some use cottage cheese and potato. The kofta again can be cooked either by deep-frying, pan frying or even can be baked. The main pop of the dish is the curry, so we need to be very particular about it.

Malai Kofta Curry Recipe

Cooking Time: 45 mins

Serves: 4

For the Koftas:

  • 2 boiled Potatoes
  • 250Gms Cottage Cheese (Paneer)
  • 1 Tablespoon Green Coriander (Hara Dhaniya)
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Garam Masalla Powder
  • 1 Teaspoon Red Chilli Powder
  • To Taste Salt
  • 2 Tablespoon Refined Flour (Maida)
  • 10-12 Raisins

For the Gravy:

  • 2 Onions (finely chopped)
  • 1 ½ Cups Tomato Gravy
  • 5-6 Cashewnuts
  • 3 Tablespoon Curd
  • To Taste Salt
  • ½ Teaspoon Turmeric Powder (Haldi)
  • 1 Teaspoon Corainder Powder (Dhania)
  • 1 Teaspoon Red Chilli Powder
  • ¼ Teaspoon Sugar
  • 1 chopped Green Chilli
  • 1 cup Milk


  1. To make Koftas, mash potato and paneer together, add coriander leaf & spices. Mix well and make balls by putting 1 raisin in between.
  2. Deep fry or pan fry the balls better to be called as Koftas.  Kofta
  3. For the gravy, heat oil in a heavy bottom pan, put green chilli and chopped onion and cook till transparent.
  4. Grind the cashews with curd to have a paste and add it to the cooking onions.
  5. Cook for 2 minutes and add tomato puree, salt, red chilli powder, turmeric powder, Coriander Powder, sugar and cook.
  6. Add milk and bring it to boil. photo
  7. Serve with koftas in it.

Happy Cooking!


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