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Malai Kofta Recipe

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A vegetarian recipe

Delicately sweet in taste

Indian cuisine

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A main course preparation

Enjoyed with rice, chapattis, and parathas


Main Ingredients-

  • Potatoes
  • Paneer
  • Vegetables like peas, beans, sweet corn, carrots, etc.
  • Chopped nuts (cashew nuts, almonds, walnut, and so on)
  • Chopped raisins
  • Tomatoes
  • Onions


Malai kofta, an Indian recipe is a vegetarian alternative for meat balls in gravy. This main course preparation goes well with rice varieties, chapattis, and parathas. Vegetarians across the globe have a penchant for this delicately sweet vegetarian delicacy.


  • Malai kofta is made of vegetable balls (kofta) in thick gravy (malai). The ingredients for kofta are:
  • 2 cups of boiled, peeled and diced potatoes;
  • 1 cup of paneer (casein) cubes;
  • 1 cup of boiled mixed vegetables like peas, beans, sweet corn, carrots, etc.;
  • ½ cup chopped nuts (cashew nuts, almonds, walnut, and so on);
  • ¼ cup chopped raisins;
  • 2 tbsp of thickened cream;
  • 1 tsp of coriander powder;
  • 1 tsp of cumin powder;
  • ½ tsp of red chili powder;
  • Salt to taste
  • Cooking oil

The constituents of malai include:

  • 2 tomatoes cut in quarters;
  • 2 onions cut in quarters;
  • 3 tbsp of nuts;
  • 3 tbsp of cooking oil;
  • 2 tbsp of garlic paste;
  • 1 tbsp of ginger paste;
  • 1 tbsp of cumin powder;
  • 2 tsp of coriander powder;
  • 2 tsp of garam masala;
  • 1 tsp of poppy seeds;
  • ½ tsp of red chili powder;
  • Salt to taste

Preparing malai kofta

  • Begin preparation of malai kofta by mashing the boiled potatoes, vegetables, paneer and cream together in a large bowl. Add the kofta spices to this mixture and knead all the ingredients well to make firm dough. Season this dough with salt.
  • Make small balls of this dough and put ½ tsp of nut and raisins inside each of these balls. Thereafter roll them into perfect rounds.
  • Deep fry these balls into pale golden color over medium heat.
  • Drain excess oil from these balls by placing them on paper towels, and keep them aside.
  • For preparing the malai (gravy), start with frying the onions in a deep pan to a light brown color.
  • Prepare a paste using the tomato pieces, garlic, ginger, coriander, cumin and red chili powder.
  • Place this paste into the pan and continue frying till oil and masala separates.
  • Then add the nut paste and poppy powder and fry for further 2 to 3 minutes.
  • Subsequently add warm water to make the gravy thick and mix it well. Add salt to taste.
  • Boil the gravy slowly and thereafter allow it to simmer.
  • To this simmering gravy add the kofta balls carefully and cook uncovered for about 2 to 3 minutes.
  • Extinguish the fire, sprinkle garam masala, and cover it for around five minutes.

Malai kofta, being subtly sweet, is specially liked by people with a sweet tooth and children.

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