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June 28, 2009


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These melt-in-the mouth kofta's are great for vegetarians, as the name suggests they are not actually malai(cream) but are made up of soft paneer(cottage cheese) which literally turns into cream in the mouth, hence the name Malai~kofta.The technique of making these is simple and they are great with naans, paranthas or chapatis.


  • for koftas/cottage cheese balls

  • Cottage Cheese-250 gms

  • Flour-2 tbsp

  • Chopped green chillies-2 (deseeded)

  • Chopped coriander- a handful

  • Cashews- a handful, broken (for stuffing in the koftas)

  • Salt and pepper to taste

  • Garam masala-1/2 tsp.

  • Soda-bi-carb- a pinch

  • for the gravy-

  • Onion-1 large, pureed

  • Tomatoes-2 large, pureed

  • Ginger -garlic paste-1 tsp

  • Garam masala-1 tsp

  • Cayenne pepper(deggi mirch)-1 tsp

  • Cumin-1 tsp

  • Refined oil for frying

METHOD-Crumble the cottage cheese, add flour and with the palm of your hands knead down and continue doing so till really it turns into a soft and pliable dough, add the rest of the ingredients listed under koftas and shape into rounds, stuff each with a cashew, keep aside.Heat oil in a kadhai and fry these balls till golden(always shape a small ball first and fry that if it breaks up then add some more flour and fry again, then shape the rest of the dough).In the below pic you can see the dough, the balls and a fried one too.

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Fry all the shaped balls and keep aside.Heat about 2 tbsp oil and fry the cumin and onions till light brown, add ginger + garlic paste and stir well, next add the tomato and fry well till oil separates, add the rest of the ingredients listed under gravy alongwith seasoning and just before serving, thin down gravy with little water and after some rapid boils add the koftas.(do not add koftas beforehand or they will break).Garnish with coriander and/or fresh cream and serve hot.Serves-4.

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Parita June 28, 2009 at 9:52 PM  

malai kofta looks perfect!

Jyoti June 29, 2009 at 1:05 AM  

Bindiya...these looks just perfectly shaped and mouthwatering!
Great picture, its tempting!

Sumi June 29, 2009 at 2:40 AM  

YUMMY KOFTAS, that too perfectly shaped.I have made this dish using potatoes and paneer for the koftas.Your picture tempt me to try this version.

Cilantro June 29, 2009 at 4:33 AM  

Perct koftas and gravy with it looks delicious.

rekhas kitchen June 29, 2009 at 9:46 AM  

ummmm malai koftas stuffed with cashew nuts sounds rich and delicious and that gravy looks so yum yum.will try this for sure Thanks for the recipe.

Swapna June 29, 2009 at 1:59 PM  

Perfect Malai Kofta....looks really delicious!!!

Avanika [YumsiliciousBakes] June 29, 2009 at 3:27 PM  

Yumm I lovee koftas!! And with cashews too!!

RAKS KITCHEN June 30, 2009 at 3:33 PM  

This is such a killer recipe!!I wud love to try this one,looks nice:)

Usha July 2, 2009 at 7:33 PM  

Malai kofta looks perfect and tempting :-)

Priya Narasimhan July 5, 2009 at 2:08 PM  

Looks very nice..Will give it a try sometime.

Anonymous ,  August 7, 2009 at 11:26 AM  

Hi Bindiya,

Those koftas look delicious. I was wondering if it's possible to substitute Tofu for Paneer.



Nirmala August 17, 2009 at 2:06 PM  

Bindiya, those were perfect. I made them this weekend to go with soft phulkas and the whole family loved it. I had tasted these in restaurants but my family had said no-no for the restaurant malai kofta after tasting this. I eyeballed the recipe as I need to reduce the measurements as the audience were just 3. And I skipped the stuffing of cashew too. Due to the measurements I made the gravy was a bit less but next time I will have more people to serve and hence I shall follow this exact recipe! Hats off to you for sharing this dear!

Anonymous ,  May 21, 2010 at 9:04 PM  

i love the recipes you post.i have already tried three: pound cake, potato curry -simple version one, and today i made malai kofta..thank you so much.it's so difficult to prepare tasty food, atleast for me, but with your recipes life is happy :)

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