Malai Kofta Curry Recipe

One of our favourite curries in all Indian restaurants is the Malai Kofta. In fact, my husband uses this dish as his criterion for judging restaurants:) The place that can dish out a rich, delicious and freshly-spiced Kofta Curry goes on his wishlist. So I made the Malai Kofta Curry and am proud to say that it was a hit with everyone and was also complimented as being "restaurant-style"!! This dish does involve some planning and preparation time, but at the end, it is truly worth it.
Malai Kofta Curry picture


Preparation Time30 MinCooking Time30 Min
Ready In1 Hr 0 MinDifficulty LevelEasy
Health IndexAverageServings8
Main IngredientInterest Group


 Paneer2 Cup (32 tbs), grated (For Koftas)
 Potatoes3 , mashed (boiled)
 Green peas1 Cup (16 tbs) (For Koftas)
 Carrots1 Small, grated (boiled)
 Maida4 Tablespoon (For Koftas)
 Cashews2 Tablespoon, slit in halves (For Koftas)
 Raisins3 Tablespoon (For Koftas)
 Frying oil200 Milliliter (For frying)
 Lemon juice1 Tablespoon (For Koftas)
 Onions2 Medium, finely chopped (For Gravy)
 Canned tomato puree15 Ounce (For Gravy)
 Cashews15 (For Gravy)
 Ginger garlic paste1 Tablespoon (For Gravy)
 Garam masala1 Teaspoon (For Gravy)
 Kitchen king masala2 Teaspoon (For Gravy)
 Jeera2 Teaspoon (For Gravy)
 Cumin powder1⁄2 Tablespoon (For Gravy)
 Coriander powder1⁄2 Tablespoon (For Gravy)
 Red chilli powder2 Tablespoon (For Gravy)
 Turmeric powder2 Teaspoon (For Gravy)
 Fresh cream/Whipping cream1 Cup (16 tbs) (For Gravy)
 Cinnamon stick1 Inch (For Gravy)
 Green cardamom2 (For Gravy)
 Cloves2 (For Gravy)
 Bay leaf1 (For Gravy)
 Tandoori masala1 Tablespoon (For Gravy)
 Oil/Ghee1 Tablespoon (For Gravy)
 Finely chopped coriander leaves2 Tablespoon (For Gravy)
 Salt To Taste (For Gravy)


For Koftas
Mix the boiled and grated carrot, green peas, boiled and mashed potatoes and the grated paneer in a big bowl. Add the garam masala, kitchen king masala, salt, lemon juice, turmeric powder and maida and mix them well using your hands. Do not add water. In fact, remove any water from boiled vegetables to make a thick mixture that can be rolled into tight balls.

Make small egg-shaped balls and deep fry them in batches in hot oil at slow to medium flame till they turn golden brown and crisp from outside. Transfer the fried koftas on paper towel to remove excess oil. If you see that your koftas break while frying, try rolling them in more maida or bread crumbs before frying.

For Gravy
Blend the tomato puree with cashews, kitchen king masala, cunim-coriander powder, garam masala, chilli powder and turmeric powder to smooth paste; add 3 tbsp water to form a liquid paste.

Heat oil in a pan and add jeera, cinnamon stick, cloves, cardamom and bay leaf and saute it for a few mins, then add the chopped onions to it till they are pinkish golden in color. Add the ginger-garlic paste, and then the tomato-cashew puree. Add 1 1/2 cups water and mix well to form the gravy. When it starts simmering, add the dry spices, salt and whipping cream and cook for further 10-15 minutes over a low flame. If you think it is thick and need to make it liquid, add some whole milk. Finally add the tandoori masala to get the nice yellow color. Remove from heat, mix in finely chopped coriander and keep it aside.

When it's time to serve, arrange the koftas in a serving dish, pour the gravy over them and garnish with fresh cream and chopped coriander. Serve hot with Parathas or Jeera Rice! Hope this curry finds a place on your table and helps liven your dinner just as it did ours!



Anonymous says :

I use to love this dish as a kid.........I still like it .......its been long time since I have eaten this dish........
Posted on: 20 October 2011 - 12:51pm

Tarun says :

easy and nice recipe
Posted on: 20 October 2011 - 11:06am

Anonymous says :

I always try to make at least one namkeen dish every diwali just to counter all the sweetness. And this year, I am going to make this curry.
Posted on: 20 October 2011 - 8:52am

Anonymous says :

an easy recipe....
Posted on: 20 October 2011 - 1:22am
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sumer says :

i love malai kofta! and this recipe is so easy! but yes it's true that if video would have been there is would be much better............
Posted on: 20 October 2011 - 12:13am

bela goenka says :

hindi me hota to accha hota or
Posted on: 20 April 2011 - 6:50am
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priyankanand says :

agar iska video hota to or mazza aa zata
Posted on: 26 February 2010 - 6:56am