Malai Kofta

Malai Kofta

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Hope you all remember about my attempt to make Malai Kofta sometime back and how it ended up with cheese balls. Finally I succeeded in resisting my temptation and I made malai kofta. I got this recipe from one of the cookery shows in a TV channel. I had tried another version of malai kofta almost a year back, which was a disaster. So i was a bit skeptical about making this, but this is a really good recipe, especially with veg pulav or roti.

Here is the recipe for malai kofta:

You can see the recipe for koftas here.

For the gravy

  1. Onion – 2 medium
  2. Tomato puree – made from 2,3 tomatoes
  3. Gingergarlic paste – 1 tablespoon
  4. Turmeric powder – 1 teaspoon
    Coriander powder – 1 tablespoon
    Chilli powder – 1 tablespoon
    Garam masala – 2 teaspoon
  5. Cream – 1 cup

Cook sliced onions in 2 cups water. Once it is cooked, drain the water completely and grind the onions into a smooth paste. Heat oil in a pan and saute onion paste. After 5 minutes add ginger garlic paste and saute for 2,3 minutes. Add all masala powders and stir for 5 minutes or until the oil starts forming a layer on top. Add tomato puree and once the puree is mixed well in the gravy add the cream. After 5 minutes, remove from gas. Spread prepared koftas in a plate and pour the gravy over it.

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  • http://thebuddingcook.blogspot.com/ TBC

    That is a beautiful pic!The dish is looking really good.
    Why do you cook the onions in water first? Just curious…

  • http://www.mariasmenu.com Maria

    Thanks TBC… btw the reason for cooking onions in water, i dont know the exact reason, i have seen it in other recipes such as paneer butter masala, butter chicken and all. Let me try to find out the exact reason and i will let you know :)

  • http://tastypalettes.blogspot.com Suganya

    The colour of the gravy is striking golden. Beautiful pic.

  • http://tastypalettes.blogspot.com Suganya

    As far as cooking onions in water, there are 2 reasons. 1. It requires less oil.
    2. Sauteing onions longer may make them bitter.

  • http://www.mariasmenu.com Maria

    Thanks Suganya for the feedback as well as for the explanation :). Btw your blog is really good, so many nice pictures.

  • hello

    i accessed ur menu thro’ annita’s page and she says u r cousins. I have seen u during ur childhood years when u used to visit nirmalagiri where ur tessychechi lived.

    it is also a coincidence that i hit ur page the same day her payasam show was aired. may be that’s why i cld easily recognise u. where r u now? heard u completed ur MBA and was working abroad. how r u related to annita? anyway both of u r outshining each other with ur wonderful recipes and the mouthwatering pics. kudos 2 the chefs.

  • http://www.mariasmenu.com Maria

    Thanks hello for visiting my blog. Btw how do u know Tesschechy? are you her student?

    Annita and myself are second cousins. Am married now and settled in Bahrain. Thanks a lot for your sweet words :)

  • Paro

    I tried this recipe to great sucess but not without mishaps. The first few cheese balls started to break off so I thought of adding a little more of the corn flour. It worked but then it meant that the balls needed more time to sit with the sauce so the sauce can seep inside. I ended up simmering the sauce with the cheese balls for some minutes. It turned out really tasty!

    Thanks for sharing it!

  • Teresa

    hi maria.. i am a daily visitor of your blog from india. your blog is so nice .. Could you please tell me which mixer grinder are you using to prepare indian dishes esp. chutneys and all…

  • http://www.mariasmenu.com Maria

    Teresa, thanks a lot for visiting my blog daily :)

    I use Kenstar brand mixer grinder for Indian dishes. I’ve heard preethi is also a good Indian mixer grinder.

  • http://Google.com Suchi

    Hi Maria,

    Thanks for the lovely recipe.I tried it and everybody at home liked it.However my cheese balls were crumbling so i added a little bread.I wanted to know what else can i do to prevent the cheese balls from crumbling.

    Thanks,
    Suchi

    • http://www.mariasmenu.com Maria

      Hi Suchi

      Thanks for trying it. If the cheese balls are crumbling, you could try adding a little more cornflour or if you used a small potato, try making it with a big one. Hope this helps.

  • http://www.splitpearsonality.blogspot.com Zaara

    Another winner – what a lovely recipe. I had to try this after succeeding in making the paneer balls. The boiling onions step is a new one for me, my poor kids ran out of the kitchen because of the odor – but I think this definetely adds to the authenticity of the gravy taste – it has a “restaurant quality flavor” to it. Thanks for sharing. Since I am so lazy to update my blog, I don’t know when I will get to trackback to this but would love to add it to my recipe collection.

  • http://www.splitpearsonality.blogspot.com Zaara

    Aaaahhh -my post is up ;-)

  • lou aunty

    Hi Maria1 I am SOOOOOOOOOOO proud of you! You are an excellent cook,( which you don’t need me to tell you!), but I have been inspired, after all these years,to try some authentic Indian cooking, thanks to you! I send recipes on to jim as well. I am going to try the Malai Kofta, as I like it very much in restaurants here in the U.S. I will let you know how it yurns out. Love you, lou aunty xo

    • http://www.mariasmenu.com Maria

      Hi Lou aunty,

      I am very much excited to see your comment here. Thanks a lot for your sweet & encouraging words :). Hope Jim & wife are doing great!

      I hope you will like the malai kofta, please do let me know how it turns out.

      Happy cooking :)

      Love
      Maria

  • sheena

    Hi Maria,

    Iam daily visitor of your blog from india, Chennai. Really good colelction of receipes i found out here. This is my first time in my life sending message to a blog. You are doing really a wonderful job.

    want to know become member of this blog..whats the procedures.please let me know

    • http://www.mariasmenu.com Maria

      Hi Sheena

      Thank you dear for posting the comment here :) Glad to know that you like this space.

      Regarding becoming a member, I’ve added your email id in the subscription list. You will be getting a mail about the same. You will need to click a link listed in that mail to activate your subscription.

      Also if you are there in Facebook, you can join this page.

      http://www.facebook.com/pages/wwwmariasmenucom/189169034249

      Please do try out the recipes too when you are free. I would like to know your feedback :)

      Cheers
      Maria

  • Linitha

    Hey maria,
    I am a frequent visitor of your blog and the most tastiest thing I have tried is your malai kofta. Thanks for such an easy and beautiful recipe.

    Just a suggestion , if you sprinkle some crushed kasuri methi it will give you a very good flavour :)

    waiting for your new recipes, linitha

    • http://www.mariasmenu.com Maria

      Hi Linitha,

      Thanks a lot Linitha for your feedback and encouragement :)

      I usually like the flavor of kasuri methi but haven’t tried in this recipe. Will do that, thanks for the suggestion.

      Cheers
      Maria

  • Anna

    Hi,

    The pic is very good..Water is literally dripping out. I want to try Malai Kofta. But am confused about the cream part? What kind of cream you should buy and also can curd substitute the cream?
    Looking forward to your quick reply so that i can try it out soon and pamper myself(hopefully)

    • http://www.mariasmenu.com Maria

      Hi Anna,

      Thank you so much :)

      I’ve used fresh cream and also whipping cream once for this recipe. You can use either one of that.

      I havent tried it yet with yogurt, so am not very sure about that.

      Hope this helps..

      Cheers
      Maria

  • Namrata

    Hey this recipe is great I choose this one out of VahreVah and Sanjeev Kapoor one. Thanks a lot for sharing couldn’t stop myself from leaving a feedback.. Great work. :)

  • Maria Eaton

    Hi Maria

    Can this recipe be frozen? I’m wondering if I could make a big batch of the cheese balls, or the curry as a whole and pop in the freezer for “cooks night off” times.

    • http://www.mariasmenu.com Maria

      Hi Maria,

      I havent frozen any curries yet, so I’m not very sure.

      However I guess you can freeze it. While making gravy for freezing, dont add cream. Add cream later on when you are serving it.

      I suggest you try making a small qty initially and freeze it first, then if its ok, go ahead with a big batch.

      Cheers
      Maria

  • sara

    hi Maria……
    i dont know how to make kofta… wht u have given is gravy recipe plz let me know how to make kofta’s i really want to cook dis dish………
    take care

  • Kish

    I searched online for a great Kofta recipe and yours look great so I tried it out. I had to make some substitutes for some ingredients because I could not find some of the ones listed. I used a Queso Blanco cheese for the paneer. It worked out well. The first balls started to fall apart so I dipped them in the heavy cream and lightly rolled them in the corn flour. They turned out very nice. I could not find Turmeric or Coriander powder, but I found a curry powder with both in it. I have no idea what garlicginger paste is so I guessed and used minced garlic and some ginger powder and mixed them together guessing how much I may need. Everything went well but when I added the spices it seemed very dry and I did not understand where any oil would come up. It seemed so dry I just added the tomatoes next. Finishing the dish it was very good and the color looked great, it seemed the only thing was it did not have that cream taste to it. It was a bit overpowered by one of the spices…maybe I put too much or maybe it was my guessing on the garlicginger paste??? Anyways it was wonderful and I cant wait to make it again……any hints would be welcome how to tone the powdery spice taste.

    • http://www.mariasmenu.com Maria

      Hi Kish,

      Thanks a lot for trying the recipe from here. I’m glad that you were happy with the end product :)

      Koftas fall apart while frying because of the following reasons:

      1. the oil is not hot enough. You can do a test run with one of the koftas and see whether its hot, it should be hot but not smoking hot.
      2. The proportion of potato & paneer is not correct. If the koftas are not bound well, then it might fall apart.

      About the overpowering taste of spice, I think its because of the ready made curry powder. I havent used it till now, but some of my friends who used it said it has an overpowering taste.

      Also for the ginger garlic paste, you can use freshly grated ginger & garlic. When we cook the gravy once the masalas are fried well, the oil starts oozing out of it and forms a thin layer. If you felt that no oil was coming, next time when you prepare try adding a bit of oil to the spice powder before adding it to the curry.

      Hope this helps…

      Once again thank you so much for trying this recipe.

      Wish you & your family a wonderful new year!

      Cheers
      Maria

  • Persefoni Urbankova

     I’ve made this recipe a month ago. I’m with my family right now and want to make this for them and I have to tell you, I’ve been looking all over the internet for half an hour now to find your recipe. Cause it was THAT good! :) (stupid me didn’t bookmarked the page!) It was an absolute bless! : )

    • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

      Thank you :) Great to know that you liked this recipe & I’m glad you were able to find the recipe. Hope its bookmarked now :) Btw, did your family like it?

      Cheers
      Maria

  • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

    Thanks for the comment :) Best wishes for your exam!

    Cheers
    Maria

  • Catfood9

    Hello.  I was wondering if instead of making your own tomato puree for this recipe, could you just use store bought puree?  And if so, how much puree would you use?

    • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

      Hi Catfood,

      I guess you can use ready made tomato puree. However the ready made ones tend to be more stronger in taste than homemade ones. So may be you can use around 2-3 tbsp.

      Cheers
      Maria

  • Radhika

    Hi Maria!

    tks a tonne 4 this recipe..it came out really well :)

    • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

      Thanks a lot dear :)

  • Bhuvna P

    This is my first time that I am looking at your recipe.  I find it very easy and simple. I have taken the print out of the recipe and will make and comment back to you.
    Thank you,
    Bhuvana

    • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

      Hi Bhuvna,

      Thanks for visiting MM! Hope you got a chance to try out the recipe & liked it too..

      Wish you a wonderful new year!

      Cheers
      Maria

  • Poornima

    Maria, I just discovered your blog yesterday and I have fallen in love with it already :). I saw malai kofta in the most popular recipe list and it looked so good and simple that I decided to try it today. I cannot believe how good it came out with so little effort. In fact, I must tell you that I did not even get to eat it…I had a piece of paneer ball after it was done and I had a bit of gravy to taste test. I had halved the recipe as I am a real beginner when it comes to cooking and am usually apprehensive about new recipes. I had friends for lunch and they finished up everything and I was cursing myself for making so little. I plan to make it again during the weekend.

    Your site is awesome and your instructions are really good and easy to understand, even for beginners like me. I am now madly recommending your site to all my friends. I am a vegetarian so I cannot try all recipes but I intend to try every single one that I can. Thank you so much for the fantastic work.

    • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

      Hi Poornima,

      Thanks a ton dear for your delightful comment :) I’m so glad to know that you find this site helpful. Btw, sorry for the delayed reply. I was away on holiday, hence the delay.

      Hope you made some more malai kofta just for yourself ;)

      Happy cooking! Thanks a bunch for recommending the site to your friends also, appreciate it very much.

      Cheers
      Maria

  • Priya John

    Maria,

    I am Priya, joined your fabulous world of recipes few months back. Sorry for the delay in acknowledging your efforts. Hats off to you for starting such a good platform for food lovers like us…:)

    I have tried couple of recipes from you and it has come out very well. Now it has become a habit for me to visit your site for recipes whenever I start cooking.

    Keep up the good work and all the best !!

    Reg,
    Priya 

    • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

      Hi Priya,

      It’s a pleasure to know that you find this site useful. Thanks a bunch for your lovely comment. No need for the sorry n all dear. I really appreciate that you’ve taken time to share your feedback here :)

      Hope you keep trying the recipes and like them too..

      Happy cooking!

      Cheers
      Maria

    • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

      Hi Priya,

      It’s a pleasure to know that you find this site useful. Thanks a bunch for your lovely comment. No need for the sorry n all dear. I really appreciate that you’ve taken time to share your feedback here :)

      Hope you keep trying the recipes and like them too..

      Happy cooking!

      Cheers
      Maria

    • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

      Hi Priya,

      It’s a pleasure to know that you find this site useful. Thanks a bunch for your lovely comment. No need for the sorry n all dear. I really appreciate that you’ve taken time to share your feedback here :)

      Hope you keep trying the recipes and like them too..

      Happy cooking!

      Cheers
      Maria

    • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

      Hi Priya,

      It’s a pleasure to know that you find this site useful. Thanks a bunch for your lovely comment. No need for the sorry n all dear. I really appreciate that you’ve taken time to share your feedback here :)

      Hope you keep trying the recipes and like them too..

      Happy cooking!

      Cheers
      Maria

    • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

      Hi Priya,

      It’s a pleasure to know that you find this site useful. Thanks a bunch for your lovely comment. No need for the sorry n all dear. I really appreciate that you’ve taken time to share your feedback here :)

      Hope you keep trying the recipes and like them too..

      Happy cooking!

      Cheers
      Maria

  • Soni

    Hi Maria,

    I have tried lot of recepies from this blog…n all of them comes out really well..

    thanks for sharing such delicious recepies…

    I have a ques…as I prepare the recepies with puree..most of them taste as I have added sugar..plz help me with this…

    Thanks
    soni

    • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

      Hi Soni,

      Great to know that the recipes from this site works well for you, thanks :)

      Do you use ready made purees or home made ones? It depends on the tomatoes used for making the puree… so next time try adding a lesser qty of puree than the qty specified in the recipe.

      Cheers
      Maria

  • luv2cook

    Maria
       yup, even i tried this!! toooo gud! thanks dear!

    • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

      You are welcome dear :)

  • Preeti

    Hi Maria
    Would like try out this dish of yours…well i would like to know for the cream…can we use Nestle Cream

    • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

      Hi Preeti,

      Yes, you can use Nestle cream. Hope you get to try this soon and like it too..

      Happy cooking!

      Cheers
      Maria

      • Guest

        Thanks a ton ! but I will keep ur advice in mind of trying not to replace cream :)

  • MSAK

    Hi Maria

    The recipe looks great…can you suggest any substitute for cream ?

    As I usually do not have it at home… buying it from outside may result in wastage as I do not use cream otherwise.

    • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

      Hi MSAK,

      Thanks!

      hhmmm it’s a cream based dish, so if you substitute the cream, the taste and texture will be different.

      You can buy 250 ml cream, which is almost 1 cup, so you can use the whole qty for this recipe itself and there will be no wastage :)

      However if it’s not possible to use cream, then may be you can use some cashew paste and milk.

      Cheers

      Maria

  • Leelama

    Like the recipe…..couldve helped me a lot if some steps were little more percise!

    • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

      Thanks Leelama. Is there any particular part of the recipe which isnt clear?

    • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

      Thanks Leelama. Is there any particular part of the recipe which isnt clear?

  • ResH

    Hi Maria,

    How have you been..hope you are enjoying your India Trip…

    Made this yummilicious recipe last week..it was a super duper hit..My son and husband loved the cheese balls so much that I did not even get half of the cheese balls that I made to put in t eh gravy..Thanks a ton for posting this star recipe…:):):)

    PS: I tried making the cheese balls some months back but it was a flop..nd I had to throw the whole stuff..I used the creamed cottage cheese and it was a bit sour..and I tried to bake it…it turned out to be a big disaster..so this time I was ready to indulge and went ahead and fried the cheese balls :)

    • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

      Hi Resh,

      I’m good dear, thank you! I’m back in Bahrain now..

      Good to see that you are still experimenting the recipes from here :) Really happy that it worked out for you. Thanks dear :)

      Cheers
      Maria

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