Malai Kofta

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Malai Kofta

Ever  since I mentioned Malai Kofta here , I keep getting E-mails from the visitors of my Rasoi , for the recipe of the same.

Many wished, that i post the recipe here, but I kept overlooking those requests, since it is not a traditional Sindhi dish (Though its very popular amongst Sindhis) and just kept on sending them the recipe through emails.

But after emailing the same to many of you (and my apologies to those who are yet to hear from me), I finally gave in and here I am sharing  this recipe with you all .

Malai Kofta is basically a Moghul Delicacy, but it is Universally popular amongst Indians  and many Non Indians too.

There are many versions of the Kofta, with the stuffing ranging from Malai(cream) and Paneer (cottage cheese) to  boiled vegetables

Here is how I always  make  Malai koftas, based on the Recipe of Mrs Lavina, who runs a cookery class nearby. Feel free to tweak the recipe as per your taste and need.

Malai Kofta( Stuffed potato Dumplings, fried and dunked in rich onion tomato curry)

malai-_kofta_stuffingHere goes the stuffing


The sinful deep fried malai koftas

Malai Kofta
Recipe type: Main course
Serves: 3
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Restaurant style Malai Kofta with red and white gravy recipe
For Kofte
  • Paneer(cottage cheese) 250 gms +50 gms for stuffing
  • Potatoes 2
  • All purpose flour and Cornflour -2 tsp each or Bread crumbs about 1 cup (or 6-7 bread slices dipped in water and squeezed out)
  • Salt
  • Thick cream(doubly thickened) or unsweetened Mawa(khoya)
  • Few Kishmish (raisins), and cashew nuts for stuffing
  • Green chillies 2
For Gravy
  • Onions 3
  • Fresh cream (optional) 2-3 tsp
  • Green chillies 3
  • Red Gravy 8-10 tsp (Recipe given below)
  • White Gravy 7-8 tsp (Recipe given below)
  • Milk ½ cup
  • Coriander powder ½ tsp
  • Kitchen King powder 1-2 pinch(es)
  • Kasoori Methi ¼ tsp
  • Salt
  • Turmeric powder
  1. Grate 250 gms of Paneer(save rest for stuffing) and boiled and peeled potatoes.Kindly note I use more potatoes , since my family prefers this way, while actually in 250 gms of paneer, 2 potatoes are added,
  2. Mix salt, cornflour, All purpose flour (or bread crumbs or bread slices as mentioned in ingredient list) to make a smooth mixture(no lumps)
  3. Divide the mixture into 6-7 portions
  4. Take each portion on the palm of your hand, flatten it to make a disc shape and place on it some of the remaining paneer, some kishmish , cashew nuts(broken in small pieces) , some doubly thickened cream or Unsweetened Mawa and pack it again to make a sort of stuffed ball
  5. Note I have made them in roll shape instead of circular (No hard and fast rules here)
  6. Repeat the procedure for remaining mixture and deep fry these in hot oil on medium flame till crisp golden brown
  7. If the mixture is too soft, the koftas might burst open in oil, so always first fry one and check. If they tend to break, then either oil is not properly hot or you might need to add some more cornflour or some more bread crumbs to the potato mixture
  8. Place them on kitchen towel or tissue paper to get rid of extra oil.
For Red Gravy
  1. Take 3 onions, peel and slice them and deep fry in some oil till brown in colour
  2. Remove from oil and let the onions cool
  3. Grind these with 2 -3 tomatoes, ginger,garlic (4-5 cloves), Whole garam masala(A small bayleaf, a bit of dalchini i.e cinnamon stick,1 clove,1-2 black pepper corn, just a bit of javitri or Mace flake, the skin of 1 black cardamom)
  4. Add a bit of water if needed.This is the basic red gravy which can be used to make many gravy based veg and nonveg dishes
For White Gravy
  1. Soak about 1 tsp of KhusKhus (poppy seeds) in few spoons of water or milk for few hours
  2. Grind the seeds along with 6 -7 cashew nuts, 2 tsp melon seeds, till smooth paste is obtained(add some water if needed)
  3. In a pan , add 1 tsp of oil and add part of a bayleaf, and saute it for few seconds
  4. Add the khuskhus paste and fry the mixture on high flame (again taking care not to let it burn) . After 2 minutes add 2 tsp Cream , 1 tsp butter, 1 cup of milk
  5. Simmer it for 4-6 minutes and use this white gravy for any gravy based dish
To Make final gravy
  1. In a pan take 1 tsp of oil , add finely chopped onions and fry for some time till onions turn brown in colour
  2. Then Add 8-10 tsp of Red Gravy and 7-8 tsp of white gravy, around ½ cup of milk, coriander powder, kitchen king, kasoori methi, salt and saute it for some time till the oil separates out
  3. Add some water and let the gravy simmer for 5-8 minutes
  4. While serving place the fried koftas, in a serving bowl and JUST BEFORE SERVING pour hot gravy over these.Garnish it with some grated paneer, some fresh cream and chopped coriander leaves
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44 thoughts on “Malai Kofta

  1. Really a very delicious and yummy recipe have tried out and it was amazing enjoyed it a lot

  2. Nice recipe …Pls let me know…how long you can preserve the red and white gravy…?

  3. I have been contemplating on kofta for a while. will try ur recipe for sure.

  4. Ms. Alka,
    Can you suggest a filling other than Paneer for Vegans.
    Appreciate yr response and Thanx in anticipation!

    • Hello,
      Thanks for stopping by and writing to me !
      Regarding vegan stuffing,then there are multiple options.
      Just stuff some boiled (but cooked till moisture is absorbed) sprouts, mix
      vegetable, grated vegetables etc.You can use any boiled lentils or boiled
      peas too !
      BTW have you checked this vegetable kofta
      am sure you will like this.Many people have tried this recipe and were happy
      with results !

  5. lovely Pics!!!. and very nicely step by step receipe. I love cooking and will try soon.thanks you for such a professional receipe. i was just looking for this.

  6. I ll make it beta

  7. Bhani khanchandani says:

    I m from USA (America) I like ur receipes and this malai kofta receipes I like too much. Madam pls I want more new dishes in Sindhi. Rosoi so pls help me.

  8. this is the lovely & delicious dish for our get to gether / party, thanks a lot with kind regards. ALSO REQUEST YOU FOR SATH SAGHI BHAJI PL SEND ME

  9. Alka, thanks for visiting our blog. Malai kofta..looks so very delicious and so are the pictures. One ? Can you suggest me with something else for making kofta like plaintain/cooking banana or any other ingredient instead of a potato if you have tried..

  10. you make such elaborate stuff. looks delicious. i love malai kofta, but only if someone else makes it for me. 😀

  11. great recipe and brilliant presentation. your blog is such a great resource thank you for sharing.

  12. u r temptinme to prepare this,.;-)

  13. whha, whha Alka realy so professional looks so so mouthwatering so beautiful those Kofta s are

  14. Dear Alka,

    I always try to know how malai kofta is prepared in restaurant. your post is so professional. Thanks for giving this recipe.

  15. Lovely declious yummy dish and photos as usual! I simply love koftas – nowadays in addition to potato & paneer, I add peas, carrots, beans and cauliflower too. I keep the masalas very low -limited to jeera powder, black pepper, and a spec of garam masala.

  16. Wonderful presentation Alka, Just drooling over the pics…

  17. I am just going to eat the koftas with chutney just like tikkis.( I’ll not have to make gravy) Good One!

  18. yummy!…too good alka!

  19. Love your recipe, the pics are droolworthy. I have had this only in restaurants, and never tried at home. Bookmarked:-)

  20. Oh wow……………….really toothsome recipe……Completely yum…

  21. OMG, those are mouth-watering koftas. Malai kofta looks sooo gorgeous and yummy 🙂

  22. Malai kofta looks gorgeous… Lovely presentation and making two separate gravies is new to me. Very interesting recipe.

  23. Love Malai Kofta. Must try when in laws come 😀 That way, I garner some points no?

  24. Dish looks very tempting .I just love the way u explain all recipes very clearly and point wise,its very helpful to us……….thanks for sharing a grt dish with us………..

  25. Lovely koftas…I am just drooling over that..

  26. Such a nice step by step direction Alka! And the snaps are fab. 🙂

  27. Hi Alka,
    It’s a pleasure to see ur recipe pictures and read through ur recipes. clear and to the point. I liked the variations u’ve given for this dish. Thanks. Shall see u more often.

  28. You have a immpeccable crust going on in the koftas. THey say you eat with your eyes first, and I already have!

  29. Looks yum! Loved the golden Koftas..

  30. My favorite dish:-) (well one of my favorite).. i do the koftas a little differently. Malai kofta.. Naan Ah!! i am dreaming of a wonderful dinner (which i cannot have:-( )

  31. Wooww so beautiful, i was thinking to make out malai kofta since a long, after seeing just drooling over them rite now…Gorgeous!!!!

  32. It looks so beautiful & tempting .. Very detailed steps …..

  33. Mouthwatering. I didn’t realize the paneer was actually inside the potato filling. I just thought it was mixed up with the rest of the ingredients for kofta. Neat! And I had no clue the 2 gravies were made separate and later mixed! You explained it in real detail.
    I have to try it sooon.

  34. This looks so beautiful and delicious, once i roed to make them and the moment i fried them in oil i saw them just dispersing in the oil like a magic, i was so disapointed and that was the last time i tried to make veg kofta.

  35. Oh My…Alka your Rasoi is nothing less than a five star kitchen…A very professional Malai Kofta there..!! Again with the professional photographs !! Real Yummy ALka..will be trying this soon..
    Happy Mothers Day to you dear !!

  36. I love malai kofta. Thanks for the recipe

  37. yummy and rich koftas… love the pictures !

  38. These are Rich Kofta’s..The best kofta, i have ever seen!

  39. Thanks for stopping by my blog. These kofta are just perfect. Now I know what I want to make for dinner tomorrow.

  40. It is my fav dish…Looks lovely & divine:) Amazing Pic…

  41. Ur version of koftha looks really great!!

  42. Lovely..this looks divine…mouth watering and so delicious..for sure I am trying this out soon 🙂

  43. Yummy and mouthwatering delicious dish….

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