Malai Kofta: / Easy Step wise Recipe;

28 Jun 2012

Malai Kofta: 

Malai Koftas is a delicious North Indian speciality dish. It is a vegetarian alternative to meatballs &  It goes very well with any flat breads or with  Jeera rice It makes a rich main dish for any special occasion.

In this famous recipe, Malai ( cream )  and  Kofta ( paneer with veggie balls ) are prepared separately and combined together while serving.  The richness of cream & aromatic flavor of spices makes this dish a favorite choice of all..!

Here is the delicous recipe of Malai Kofta for you to try & enjoy at your home..:)


For Kofta:

  • Shredded Paneer          - 1 cup
  • Boiled mashed potatoes  - 1 cup
  • Minced cilantro              - 2 tbsp
  • Cumin seed                   - ½ tsp
  • Salt                              - ½ tsp
  • Chopped green chilly     - 1 tsp
  • Oil to fry

For Batter:

  • All Purpose Flour / Maida          - 2 ½ tbsp
  • Water                                        - 4 tbsp

For Gravy:

  • Oil                                            - 2 tbsp
  • Tomato                                     - 2
  • Green chilly                               - 1
  • Ginger                                      - a small piece
  • Asafetida / hing                         - a pinch
  • Cumin seeds                             - ½ tsp
  • Coriander pwd                           - 1 tsp
  • Turmeric pwd                            - ¼ tsp
  • Red chilly pwd                          - ¾ tsp
  • Fresh cream                              - ¼ cup
  • Maida flour                               - 1 tbsp
  • Garam masala pwd                    - ½ tsp
  • Salt to taste
  • Fresh cilantro leaves


To Prepare Koftas:

  1. Mix all the ingredients together for kofta.

  1. Add ½ tbsp maida and knead to soft dough.

  1. Make them in round balls.

  1. Mix  2 ½ tbsp maida with about 3 to 4 tbsp of water.
  2. Mix well until batter is smooth.

  1. Heat the oil in a frying pan on medium high heat
  1. Dip the paneer balls in the batter and gently drop in hot oil.

  1. Turn them occasionally and fry Koftas until golden brown all around.

  1. Soft & crispy Koftas are ready.

 10. Drain in kitchen tissue and reserve.

To Prepare Gravy :

  1. Blend the tomatoes, green chillies and ginger to make a puree.
  2. Mix fresh cream, maida flour to smooth paste and keep aside.
  3. Heat 2 tbsp of oil in a frypan.
  4. Add the cumin seeds and asafetida.

  1. Add the tomato puree, coriander pwd, turmeric pwd, red chilly pwd and cook covered for about 4 mins in low medium flame.

  1. Tomato mixture will start leaving the oil and will reduce to about half in quantity.

  1. Now add fresh cream–maida flour mix, salt and combine well.

  1. Add 1 cup of water and let it cook covered for 6 to 7 mins.
  1. Add the garam masala pwd, salt and freshly chopped cilantro leaves.
  1. Let it cook for another minute.
  1. Now the gravy is ready.

  1. Add koftas and as soon it comes to boil , turn off the heat.

  1. Yummy Malay Kofta is ready .

  1. Serve hot with any kind of bread or with plain rice.


  • Since Koftas are very soft, take care to add them to the gravy,  just few minutes before serving, otherwise they tend to break..!

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72 Yummy Comments:

Sangeetha said... creamy n tempting malai kofta...those cute fried koftas looks more tempting...wonderful preparation!! Inviting Pics Jay!!
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Roshni said...

colourful and creamy.. love it

PT said...

so cute looking koftas.. love it..

Julie said...

very tempting & delicious...mouthwatering here,yummy!!!!

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Those look so good! Must give them a try...

Shobha said...

very yummy..the fried malai koftas also look so tempting,can just eat them like a snack too.

Pranjali said...

Very very delicious dear... Feeling to have the whole bowl

Cookwell said...

Lovely koftas. Superb clicks :)

Super Duper delicious Jay

Kavitha said...

just drooling here....very tempting and wonderful clicks :)

krishna said...

i'm missing it.. :(

Anu said...

Looks tempting, got a nice color too

Gayathri NG said...

Creamy n yummy kofta curry...

So creamy, malaidar and koftas look so crispy! Mouthwatering!

Resh said...

great looking dish and those clicks are awesome...would love to try this...;)

Balvinder Ubi said...

These look so yummy! The color of the gravy is tempting, unfortunately I can not try this because of Maida.

Honey said...

you're so daring. i've never deep fried, let alone deep fry foods for subzis. i love malai kofta, it is my standard at every indian restaurant prolly cuz i'm too lazy to make it. :)

Meena said...

this looks perfect and restaurant style. color has come out great. yday i made some koftas with bit different gravy but this color didnt come.

tell me this quantity wud serve how many then i can follow full instructions on the way u made.

Ola said...

it looks very nice!

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Reshmi Mahesh said...

Creamy and super yummy kofta curry...Lovely clicks..

Sangeetha Nambi said...

super creamy, tempting Kofta curry Jay....

Wow Jay truly makes me drool. Perfectly done. Awesome clicks !! Great work !!

Mélange said...

Rich and creamy..Drooling over your clicks Jay.

Tempting presentation..I am just drooling on these fried goodies..Love it

Rekha said...

super creamy and yummy.. awesome preparation..lovely clicks..

Prathima Rao said...

So creamy & royal!!!!
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Chandrani said...

Malai Kofta curry looks creamy and yummy. Beautiful click.

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Jay said...

Thank you for your comments..I appreciate your thoughts & feedback..:)

Jay said...

Hy Meena,
this recipe would serve 3 to 4 giv a try & let me know how you & your family enjoyed..:)

Akila said...

Mouthwatering koftas.

I can have the kofta even with the curry. Love the cheese added together.

Petit Pastel said...

I'll try Your receipe next weekend - looks really tasty!

So creamy and inviting!!

looks adorable!!
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Lynda R Young said...

Yum those koftas and sauce look delicious. I don't think I could roll the koftas so perfectly round (but I'll cope).

shrutisrasoi said...

Yummy recipe will surely try this :-) favorite....looks so creamy and yummy...

Vidhya said...

wow... so tempting n yummy dish! inviting pics...jay!

Leelagovind said...

lovely colorful koftas!love the creamy texture..yum yum..

Leelagovind said...

lovely colorful koftas!love the creamy texture..yum yum..

Sayantani said...

thats mouth watering Jay. perfectly prepared and the gravy is so creamy.

Shobha Kamath said...

Wow! The koftas look so tempting, I am salivating !

looks very creamy...tasty.

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Reshmi said...

very creamy and tempting
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Alida said...

Wow these look perfectly made and very tasty!

Sanoli Ghosh said...

Wow...creamy scrumptious malai koftas.......excellent and amazing.

Priya said...

Looks absolutely divine and mindblowing paneer kofta curry.

Swathi Iyer said...

Delicious creamy malai koftas.

radha said...

What a great looking dish. Creamy and rich.

Az said...

super yummy - can i come over?

Payal Singhal said...

Looks absolutely awesome! Great work!

Kavita said...

Tempting malai kofta..yummy!

faseela said...

so creamy yummy n tempting,

ramya anand said...

Very restaurant-like...creamy and nice gravy color..

Vidhya said...

Wonderful preparation.

Vineetha said...

Creamy and delicious...

Mina Joshi said...

Really delicious looking dish. Really nice to see the step by step pictures.


Torviewtoronto said...

delicious kofta and pictures look wonderful

So Creamy and lovely The step by step is very nice... It is one of my favourite.. It has been a while since I did it going to try soon.. Thanks for Sharing

Nagashree said...

Absolutely drool worthy, pictures, colors, presentation everything is wonderful!

delicious mouthwatering !!!

Joanne said...

This is one of my favorite dishes! How delicious.

Hema said...

Yumm, yumm, just so delicious..

Nadji said...

Ces petites boulettes Panneer semblent faciles à faire et
sont très jolies à voir.
A bientôt

Swasthi Blank said...

Awesome recipe and lovely clicks. I appreciate your effort.

Rosh said...

Oh my my...I have never seen such lovely koftas in my life before. Your family is so lucky Jai...they get to eat all these delicious treats!! I envy them :D

These koftas look incredibly delicious! I would not have any left for the curry sauce because I would eat them right out of the fryer. :)

Archana said...

Hey wow these look so so delicious. I love the colour and its my favourite.

Jay I love malai kofta and the gravy color looks absolutely awesome.

Shailaja Reddy said...

Yummy Recipe...

I love Malai Kofta! I tried to make it last week but I think i used too much potato and too little paneer. By the way, can I substitute the maida with something else?

spicyrecipes said...

Very yummy..

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