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Sunday, November 12, 2006 

Malai Kofta...

You can create the gravy in two ways, one that I used, white creamy gravy and the other one which is a normal tomato gravy. For the tomato gravy, fry 1 onion till light golden, add 2 chopped tomatoes, 1 tbsp green masala and powder masalas like red chillis, turmeric powder, salt and dhaniya powder. Cook for few minutes then blend them together to a paste. Cook the paste till oil separates, then add the koftas, cook for a couple of minutes and serve.

For koftas:
* Potato 1 medium, boiled and mashed.
* Carrot 1, boiled and mashed.
* Green peas 1/2 cup
* Paneer grated 1/2 cup
* Besan 2-3 tbsp (you can also use half cup mashed boiled chickpeas instead)
* Cream 1 tbsp
* Red chilli powder 1 tbsp
* Dhaniya powder 1 tbp
* Turmeric powder 1/2 tsp
* Anaar daana crushed 1 tbsp
* Kaju 10-12
* Raisins 10-12

For gravy:
* Onions 2 medium
* Kaju (Cashewnuts) 20-25
* Dahi 1/2 cup
* Cream 2-3 tbsp
* Whole garam masala 1 tbsp

For kofta:
Mix all the mashed vegetables and besan/chickpeas into a paste. Add all the powder masala and mix well.
Now make pingpong size balls of mashed masala, make a hole in the centre and put 1 raisin and 1 cashewnut in the centre and reseal the kofta. Similarly make koftas of the remaining mashed masala.
Since these are already boiled you can use them as it is or you can deep fry them for a couple of minutes to give it a crispy coating. In case the balls separate in oil, dip them in beaten egg and fry them.
Keep the fried koftas aside.

For Gravy:
Cut the onions into quarters. Boil them for 10 minutes. Blend the boiled onions without water into a paste.
Boil cashewnuts for 5 minutes. Blend the cashewnuts without water into a paste.
Heat oil. Add whole garam masala. Add boiled onion paste and cook till the oil separates.
Add kaju paste and half a cup of water to make it a thick gravy. Cook for 5-6 minutes.
Add yoghurt. If you want your gravy to be a bit hot, you can add slit green chillies which you can remove later.
Once gravy is thick and cooked, add cream.
Add fried koftas to the gravy and cook for a minute.
Serve hot with rotis and rice.

Thankyou so much Daagh, it sounds very easy, I'll give it a go this week or next week.

James will be over the moon, he loved it too.

A must try.............i was actually looking for one for guests.

oh! you have such nice recipes here! love the koftas...specially the recipe for tomato based kofta

many thanks for your kind words Nabeela :-)


hope it turns out good for you... let me tell you that this white gravy recipe is on the sweeter side... if you want proper desi hot gravy then go for the tomato based one. :-)


All the best *thumbsup*

Another nice looking meal! The rice/pulao also looks good as does the roti!

thanks gaijin :-)

give it a try and let us know how it turned out :-)

I always used to be keen on ordering Koftas whenever we went to eat out when I was a child / teenager. Alas, not any longer. I have this obnoxious tendency of putting on weight, you know. :(

cook it with the tomato wali gravy so it wont be that rich... no excuses :-p's a gorgeous drool worthy dish....:)

Thanks Lera... give it a try :-)

Malai Koftha looks so very different and yet so beautiful. I need to try your version soon

Seema, they tasted nice as well :-)

give it a try annd let me know how they turned out

This is my first visit to your blog and I find this recipe listed under Vegetarian section.

Surprisingly you have listed a method where you are mentioning "In case the balls separate in oil, dip them in beaten egg and fry them.
Keep the fried koftas aside."

Is this kind of a joke or you are playing with the sentiments of Vegetarians???

I find your blog utterly in bad taste.


No need to be over sensitive. This blog is of a pure non-vegeterian. So its obvious we dont treat eggs as non-veg. Also, here in UK egg and fish comes in vegeterian. So go figure.

Can you please list down the spices used in whole Garam Masala

whole garam masala includes
black pepper
bay leaves

if you dont have them handy, then use 3/4 tsp of readymade powdered garam masala

Hi dude! I love your blog. So much useful information. Thanks for share this blog.

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