Malai Kofta

Party food won't be complete without a curry and some flat breads so I make some curry goes very well with bread and rice.
As kids love paneer,my preference would be with that but whenever we need a change from paneer butter masala my go is rich creamy malai kofta.
Malai kofta is a rich creamy curry in which kofta(dumpling with cheese and potato) is made and added to a creamy rich gravy.
Originally the the koftas are deep fried in the oil but today I fried the koftas in paniyaram pan(ableskiver pan).Frying koftas in this method is little time consuming as it needs to cooked in a low flame.If you are in a hurry then it can be deep fried and added,I tried both the versions and couldn't make out the difference once it gets soaked in the gravy.
The recipe I am sharing is a low calorie version and didn't add any fresh cream,instead used the milk but if you want to make it even more rich you can add the fresh cream.
The recipe I adapted so many sources and tweaked according to my taste,now on to the recipe......................................

Paneer/cottage cheese(grated)3/4cup
Green chilly (chopped)1no.
Coriander leaves(finely chopped)2tbs
Red chilly powder 1/4tsp
Garam masala powder1/4tsp
Roasted cumin powder1/8tsp
Oilas needed to fry


Onion(chopped)1no.(medium size)
Tomato3nos.(medium size)
Ginger&garlic paste2tsp
Red chilly powder3/4tsp
Coriander powder 1tsp
Garam Masala powder1/4tsp
Coriander leaves2tbs
Tomato ketchup2tsp
Saltto taste


In a bowl take all the ingredients given for kofta except oil and mix it well.Take a small lemon size and smooth it,make a ball,keep it aside.

Heat the paniyaram pan and add few drops of oil to each hole and add the balls and fry it in a low flame.Turn the balls with the help of a spoon to all the sides to cook evenly.Once all the sides get browned take out from the pan and keep it aside.

Heat a pan with a tbs of oil,saute the onion and tomato with a pinch of salt till it becomes soft.Let the mixture gets cool down,after cooling grind it to a smooth paste.Then grind the cashews along with little milk to a fine paste.Heat a pan with the remaining oil and butter,add the ginger&garlic paste,fry it for a minute.Then add the ground paste and saute it for 2-3 minutes.

Now add the chilly powder,coriander powder and salt to it and cook it for a minute.At this point add the cashew paste and milk,let it boil till the raw smell goes off.

Add the tomato ketch up and give it a boil.Finally add the garam masala powder and coriander leaves,mix it well.Put off the flame.Add the koftas to it.

Serve it with Naaan or Pulao.


  • The milk should be in room temperature and I used the low fat milk which can be substituted with whole milk.
  • If you are using cream add it in the end and mix the gravy then add the koftas.In such case reduce the amount of milk to 1 cup and use 1/2 cup of cream.
  • Addition tomato ketchup is optional but it gives a nice color and taste to the gravy.
  • When you are deep frying the koftas,if it separates in the oil add couple of tbs of all purpose flour to the mixture.
  • Add the koftas before 10 minutes of serving,heat the gravy and add the koftas to it.I added only 3 koftas just for the picture sake and added the rest before serving.
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Awesome Nalini and love that you made it low cal in paniyaram pan..the gravy looks so yummy..

Stunning malai kofta, who can resist to that bowl of droolworthy curry.

The malai koftas look delicious. I love the pan who have used for making the koftas.

OMG! Droolworthy malai kofta, fingerlicking good.

Awesome !I agree that when making kofta curry, there is not much of a difference between the deep fried ones and the paniyaram fried ones. I do the same too.

wow yummy malai khofta :).. like the way it is fried in a paniyaram pan making it more healthy for diet conscious ppl :) lovely clicks :)

OMG! Drool-worthy malai kofta, finger licking good.

love the clicks, love the delicious kofta not greasy like the usual ones fried in oil...

Yummy malai kofta and I love that you made them guilt free...Love the idea of making them in the paniyaram pan :)

Kofta curry is one of my favorite and you have done it so well dear :) and love the idea of making them in paniyaram pan :) will try this soon... I am sure it was well received by guests

appam maker for kofta, is nice idea, curry looks delicious

Love the shallow frying idea and malai kofta is a great hit at parties.

Delicious looking malai kofta. Love the appam pan idea.

that is sooo delicious... am drooling here!!

Delicious dish to serve! Pairs so well with roti and rice :)

Love the way you have made the kofta. Much better than the fried version.

Who say no to this creamy sauce..Delectable and you made perfectly..

As you said some rich gravy is must for a party, love the paniyaram pan frying less oil.

How I wish I had seen this recipe before I made my kotas. I love the gunpangla idea clean forgotten abt it. As for the ketchup its a must add when every my gravy is not up to the mark. Shush no one at home knows it...:)

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