Saturday, July 20, 2013

Malai Kofta - North Indian Side Dishes

Malai Kofta
When you think of a rich,creamy North Indian gravy,many dishes come to mind.Malai Kofta does feature somewhere in the first three.With a mildly spiced kofta dunked in a creamy gravy,it makes for a perfect side dish with roti or pulao.Unfortunately,not many prefer the taste and being the lone vegetarian in the group,I have to look out for commonly liked dishes so that at least some of it is shared!

I'd made a cheat's version sometime back but always wanted to try out the real thing.Before I get into the recipe and ingredients,I want to confess something.Though this one tasted great,it wasn't THE Malai kofta I was looking for.If you are wondering why else I am putting up the recipe if I am not satisfied with it completely,it is only because this indeed is a good recipe which yields great results.I was trying to recreate something I'd eaten in a restaurant in Bangalore and in that way,it hasn't given me full satisfaction.
Malai Kofta
Malai Kofta,the name itself suggests how rich the curry is.Mildly spiced vegetables/potato/paneer is fried and dunked into a gravy which is rich with the addition of cream and nuts,it really is an indulgent gravy.

I made up the recipe as I went adding ingredients of my choice and liking.Also,I used my paniyaram pan to make the koftas rather than deep frying them.Contradicting the name,I haven't added any cream to the gravy as I felt the addition of the nuts paste made it quite rich,so I added milk instead.I'd made some Paneer Kulchas to pair with the curry and the combo tasted delicious.I am still looking for recipes,so you can expect some more Malai kofta recipes in Easycooking in the coming days :)
Malai Kofta Malai Kofta

Ingredients

For the kofta

Paneer - 100gms,grated
Potatoes -3 medium,mashed and grated
Capsicum - 2 tbsp,chopped (optional)
Carrots - 2 medium,grated
Onion - 2 tbsp,chopped
Red chilly powder - 1/2 tsp
Garam masala - 1/2 tsp
Cornflour - 1 tbsp
Salt to taste
Mixed nuts - 2 tbsp,I used Cashew and Almonds
Oil as required to make the kofta

For the gravy

Almonds - 10-12,soaked in 2 tbsp milk
Oil/ghee - 1 tbsp
Whole garam masala - 1 bayleaf,1' stick cinnamon,3 cloves,2 cardamom
Onions - 2 medium,ground to a paste
Ginger garlic paste - 1 tsp
Tomatoes - 2 big,pureed
Red chilly powder - 3/4 tsp
Coriander powder - 3/4 tsp
Haldi powder - 1/4 tsp
Jeera powder - 1/4 tsp
Milk/cream - 1/2 cup
Salt to taste
Garam masala - 1/2 tsp
Kasoori methi - 1 tbsp

For garnish

Grated paneer - 1 tbsp
Coriander leaves,chopped - 1 tbsp
Almonds - 1 tbsp,thinly sliced

Method

For the kofta 
Malai Kofta 
Mix together all the ingredients mentioned for the kofta except the nuts.Knead it to form a smooth ball.
Malai Kofta 
Take a tablespoon full of the mixture into your palms and flatten it.Keep a little crushed nuts in between and close it all over forming a smooth ball.Repeat with the rest of the kofta mixture.
At this point,you could either deep fry the koftas in hot oil until brown or use a paniyaram pan to cook the koftas.
Malai Kofta 
Heat the paniyaram pan and add 1/4 tsp of oil in each of the holes.Place one kofta in each and let it cook on one side.Flip over and cook the other side as well.Drain into a paper towel and repeat with rest of the koftas.

For the gravy 
 Malai Kofta 
Soak the almonds in warm milk and grind to a smooth paste,reserve.
Malai Kofta 
In a deep kadai add oil/ghee and saute the whole garam masala.Mix in the ground onions and saute till it starts changing colour.Mix in the ginger garlic paste and tomato puree.Stir and let it come to a boil.
Malai Kofta 
Add the spice powders-red chilly,coriander,haldi and jeera powder.
Malai Kofta 
Mix in the almond paste and milk and cook the gravy for 3-4 minutes.
Malai Kofta 
Add salt to taste,garam masala and crushed kasoori methi.Cook the gravy further for 2-3 minutes and then switch off the flame.
Malai Kofta
For garnish - Place the koftas in a serving dish and pour the prepared gravy on top.Garnish with grated paneer,coriander leaves and chopped almonds.Serve hot.
Paneer Kulcha
Notes
  • Make the koftas and the gravy before hand and mix only before serving.Or else the koftas may get soggy.
  • If you want to add cream,do so in place of milk.
  • You can make koftas using only paneer and potatoes.Adding vegetables is a personal choice.

12 comments :

  1. i liked the idea of making the koftas in the paniyaram pan. when nuts are added, then there is no need to add cream. the gravy itself become rich, not only in taste but also nutrition.

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  2. Love malai kofta a lot..looks delicious..

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  3. rich malai kofta ! love the addition of nuts too !

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  4. Lovely one :) my long wish to prepare!

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  5. Malai kofta looks very delicious and yummy.

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  6. Wish I was there to tasate these awesome looking malai koftas.
    Deepa

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  7. looks tasty and delicious. The idea of not deep frying the koftas is also great.

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  8. gravy looks so creamy and luscious, perfect for malai koftas, yummm :-)

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  9. Looks very inviting.. Love the steamed version of koftas !!

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  10. awesome and droolworthy malai koftas.

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