ody Malai kofta

Malai kofta

              Malai kofta is one of the famous gravy which we order in restaurants . It goes very well with jeera rice and roti's. As my family like spicy dishes ,this gravy is sweeter one than other gravies. Once in awhile i used to prepare this gravy for jeera rice and chappathi. This gravy is bit sweeter and creamier . Those who are in diet can avoid adding cream and cashew nut.


For kofta:
Potato - 2 no
Green peas - 1/4 cup
Onion - 1
Green chilli - 2 no
Jeera - 1 tsp
Paneer - 2 tbsp
Carrot and beans -  4 tbsp
Cumin powder - 1 tsp
Garam masala - 1 tsp
Coriander leaves - 2 tbsp
Corn flour - 4 tbsp
Oil - for deep frying
Salt - as per taste

Jeera - 1 tsp
Onion - 1 no
Tomato - 3 or canned tomato puree - 1
Turmeric powder - 1 tsp
Chilli powder - 1 tbsp
Coriander powder - 1 1/2 tbsp
Cumin powder - 1 tbsp
Ginger garlic paste - 1/2 tbsp
Cashew - 5 no
Half and half or heavy cream - 1 small container
Salt - as per taste.
Kashuri methi - 1 tbsp


 For Kofta:
* Boil potato and grate it and keep it in a bowl.
* Chop onion into very fine pieces.
* Boil carrot,beans and green peas and squeeze out excess water and transfer it to same bowl.
* Chop green chilli into very fine pieces.

1.Take all the ingredients which are under " For kofta" in a bowl and mix it well.
2.Make small small balls and coat it with corn flour and deep fry it in oil.
3.Transfer fried kofta balls on a plate layered with tissue.

For gravy:
* Chop onion into very very fine pieces.

1.Take a big kadai,add 1 tbsp oil. Once it is warm, add jeera followed by onion. Fry for awhile till onion turn translucent.
2 Add tomato puree  or chopped tomatoes. Add enough salt and cover the kadai. Cook till tomato is cooked and smashed well.
3.Now add all the powder,cashew and mix well. Cook for 2 minutes till raw smell of powder fades.Switch off the flame.
4.Once the content is cooled down,grind it in blender by adding little water.
5.Take another kadai,add little oil. Add jeera and fry. Now slowly pour the grinded mix.
6. Cook for 5 minutes.Once the mix is cooked,crush kashuri methi and add it to the gravy.Add salt if needed.Switch off the flame.
7.Finally add half and half or heavy cream,mix the gravy and garnish with coriander leaves.Cover the kadai.

Serve hot with roti or jeera rice.


* Those who are in diet,can avoid cream and cashew,instead can use curd.
* By adding the store bought tomato puree, the gravy gets its reddish color without adding red color. Those who are adding chopped tomatoes,can add food color.
* For kids, who love cheese can add chunks of mozzarella cheese inside kofta and cover it,before frying.
*  Those who feel difficult to fry kofta without breaking,can coat kofta with maida liquid and roll it in bread crumbs and then fry it. My son love this kofta than normal one.


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