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Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Malai Kofta

I mostly avoid dishes with lotsa Carbs, guess what with a 10 lb bag of Potatoes in the pantry I am left with no choice than to indulge into cooking with lotsa and lotsa of carbs :)... I know its a pain in the neck with just 2 ppl at home and all these dishes, I guess by the end of this Potato Saga my BMI would shot high... Anyways all that apart with one Potato lover backing the idea of a Potato week :) I love Malai Kofta's the first time I made them it was all a mess, the second time I progressed and the dish came out fantastic... I make them a little different, the ingredients are all the same, but a little easy way in making them is all I did... I used to Microwave the koftas to avoid deep frying, if microwaved they need to be cooked on the reverse side too, most importantly they cannot be man handled, so I deep fried this time...


For the Kofta's:

Potatoes - 3 nos. Medium sized
Carrot - 1 large
Peas - 1 cup
Cabbage - 1/2 cup
Chilli Powder - 1/2 tsp
Turmeric Powder - 1/2 tsp
Coriander Powder - 1/2 tsp
Cumin Powder - 1/2 tsp
Cumin Seeds - 1/4 tsp
Bread Crumbs - 2 tbsps
Cashewnuts - few
Salt to taste
Cilantro a few stalks
Oil for frying
Plain Flour - 2 tbsps
Paneer/Cottage Cheese

For the Curry:

Onion - 1 Medium minced
Tomatoes - 2 Medium
Chilli Powder - 1/2 tsp
Turmeric Powder - 1/2 tsp
Coriander Powder - 1/2 tsp
Cumin Powder - 1/2 tsp
Cumin Seeds - 1/4 tsp
Ginger - Garlic Paste - 2 tbsps
Oil - 2 tbsps
Butter - 1 tbsp
Malai/Cream/Whole Milk - 1/2 cup
Cilantro few stalks

For Garnishing:

Garam Masala - 1 tbsp
Cumin Powder - 1/2 tbsp
Cashewnuts a few


1. Wash, peel and dice the Potatoes and boil them with Water and Salt. Once tender mash them.
2. Soak the Cashews in hot Water, I soak them cause the kofta's will be tender and the nuts when soaked becomes tender rather than crispy.
3. In a bowl grate Carrot, add Peas and chopped Cabbage mix with Water and microwave for 4-5 mins or until they become tender. When cool squeeze the water out of the Vegetables and reserve the Water for the Curry.
4. Mix the Vegetables, soaked nuts, Chilli Powder, Turmeric Powder, Coriander Powder, Cumin Powder and Cumin Seeds, finely chopped Cilantro. Add Bread Crumbs based on the dryness of the Vegetables, try to make small golf-sized balls if they fall apart add more Bread Crumbs and roll them into balls.
5. Cut the Paneer/Cottage Cheese into small pieces and center them within the balls and roll them (I like soft cheesy and elastic centers, you can grate them and add the Paneer with the veggie).
6. Roll the koftas into Plain Flour and dust the excess flour, mean while heat Oil. When Oil is hot deep fry the koftas until they turn brown. Remove and strain on kitchen towel.

7. In a pan heat Oil and add Butter, Cumin Seeds and let them Splutter. Add minced Onion and mix well.
8. In a bowl add Water and place the Tomatoes and microwave them for 2 mins, they cook and become tender. Remove the skins and mash with a spoon.
9. Add Ginger-Garlic Paste when smell disappears add the Masala's and stir well, then pour the Tomato paste and the reserved water from Kofta's, in just 2 mins they will cook and give out the aroma.
10. Mix in Cream/ Whole Milk and stir well add choppped Cilantro.
11. In a bowl arrange the Kofta's and sprinkle Garam Masala and Cumin Powder over them and then pour the Curry and Garnish with Cashews and grated Cheese.

Serve With: Roti or Pulav


doggybloggy said...

another inspiring dish from you - I never knew these were so easy to make now I have to try them.....

Divya Vikram said...

Looks rich and delicious..

Mahimaa's kitchen said...

looks too have been tagged!

Suma Rajesh said...

this looks great and has lots of work i must say..but i bet it would have been really gud..

Sam said...

I have heard from a North Indian friend of mine that when the koftas are sprinkled with the masala they give a nice aroma when served. Delicious looking dish.

Teja said...

Lovely and the Paneers in the middle the koftas should really taste great. Dish looks wonderful.

kamala said...

Thanks for visiting my site ...Kofta looks too good

raaji said...

vow this is a rich crreamy ciurry

G.Pavani said...

ooh!koft looks yummy and mouthwatering ramya...

Grace said...

this sounds like something that would require a lot of time and effort...and be totally worth it in the end. bravo. :)

bal said...

The koftas look nice and the curry color is good too

Selvi said...

Wow I love Malai Kofta's they work well with Pulavs. Your Curry is rich and mouthwatering.

Happy cook said...

According to me i eat too much carb.
This kofta dish looks so yumm.

Ramya said...

Truly party food... Rich n yummy! :)

Rupa said...

Oops I cant think of carbs before the wonderfully presented dish.

G.Pavani said...

thank u so much for ur comments

Neha said...

Malai Koftas are my fav, am going to come home and that day I know you are going to host a big feast!

Adlak's tiny world said...

so delish and creamy dish. beautiful presentation too.

vahini said...

Koftas are looking good nice pictures they are tempting.

Suba said...

Its been quite sometime since I visited your blog it has taken a lot of changes now. Malai Koftas are really nice Ramya

Valarmathi said...

Wow malai kofta looks fantastic. Sure will try.

Alexa said...

Lovely dish, Ramya. Those are worth it carbs in my book... :-) My family would love your recipe.

Sue said...

I just found your blog on Foodbuzz. I adore malai kofta and I can't wait to try your recipe. They look fantastic!

Maggie said...

These look great! I try to keep the carbs to a minimum too but sometimes really crave potatoes.

vidhas said...

looks delicious. nice collection of recipes in your blog

ramya said...

Looks creamy ,rich and delicious...

Anjum said...

lovely maalai must b really delicious...i liked ur recipe

Nirvana said...

These look delicious - and there is nothing wrong with a carb indulgence from time to time :) Thanks for sharing this!

Lakshmi said...

Hi Ramya, these look delicious, am searching for this recipe from long time.. will try this soon.

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