Malai Kofta(Cottage Cheese balls cooked in rich creamy gravy)

Malai Kofta  is a classic  dish from North India(Punjab). It is made with cottage cheese,mawa,dry fruits,  flavored spices and cooked in rich creamy gravy.Malai Kofta is little sweet taste due to raisins and mawa.Malai kofta is one of the most popular dish in Indian party/weddings .

Ingredients-(3-4 servings)

for kofta

    • Paneer – 200 grams grated
    • Raisins – 1 tbsp finely chopped
    • Cashew nut – 2 tbsp finely chopped
    • Coriander powder – 1 tsp finely chopped
    • Cumin powder – 1 tbs
    • Red chili powder-1/2 tsp
    • Black paper powder – 1/2 tsp
    • Mawa-2 tbsp(Home made) grated
    • potato boiled-1( small lemon size)
    • Corn starch (flour)- 2 tbsp
    • Salt- 1/2 tsp
    • Cooking oil-for kofta frying
  • Gravy
    • Cooking oil -2tbsp
    • Onion – 1 finely chopped
    • Tomato – 1 finely chopped
    • Garlic – 3 to 4
    • Ginger-1 tsp chopped
    • Whole coriander seed
    • Cumin seed – 1 tsp
    • Red chilly powder – 1 tbsp
    • Garam masala – 1 tsp
    • Cashew nut-8-10 piece
    • Bay leaf-1-2
    • Cardamom-2-3
    • Clove-2-3
    • Black peppercorn5-6
    • Mawa-1 tbsp crumbled(homemade)
    • Kasuri methi-1 tbsp
    • Lemon juice-1/2 tsp
    • Fresh cream-2 tbsp (optional)


Step 1 –Heat nonstick pan add 2 tbsp oil,add chopped onion,garlic,ginger cook it 1-2 minutes(do not brown),add coriander seed,cashew nut,red chili powder cook 30 seconds add tomato and salt mix it cook 2-3 minutes till tomato cooked ,add 3 tbsp water cook1-2 minutes in low flame,till tomato absorb all water,remove from heat,cool it .

step2-In grinder take cooked tomato-onion and grind it make fine paste if need add 1-2 tbsp water.

Step3  –For kofta ball- In a plate take all ingredients(except corn flour,oil) for koftas mix everything for 2-3 minutes make dough, make small  round ball from dough then keep it aside.

Step 4– Take nonstick pan and add  oil for frying kofta

Step 5 –Take little lemon size ball from dough make round ball and give little modak shape make all similar way and roll on dry corn flour fry till it becomes golden brown in medium hot oil. Once done then keep aside.

Step 6 – Heat non stick pan add 1 tbsp oil,add bay leaf,cumin seed,peppercorn,clove,cardamom cook  it for 30 seconds( don’t cook for long time), add tomato onion paste mix it cook 2-3 minutes, add crumbled mawa mix it,add kasuri methi,garam masala,mix well add,lemon juice, 2-3 tbsp water boil it(if need add salt ), ,add kofta cook 30 -60 seconds and remove from heat.Garnish with fresh cream.

Serve hot Malai kofta with ,tandoori roti/naan/ roti/rice.

Note -Hot kofta balls mix quick in gravy and serve.If kofta ball cold,put kofta balls in gravy and cook 2-3 minutes in microwave and serve.



13 Comments Add yours

  1. This looks amazing! I love Indian food!


    1. Glad you like it….thanks.

      Liked by 1 person

  2. aruna3 says:

    I like it very much.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Thank you very much.


      1. aruna3 says:

        Most welcome.


  3. Love the layout of your site! The vibrant colours and predominance of browns reds and yellows so characteristic of indian food work so well with the blacks and greys of your pages. So pleased to have discovered your blog and look forward to reading many more recipes!

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Thanks,it’s my pleasure!!!!


  4. Anjana says:

    My favourite. Was searching for a recipe for so long, thanks for the share. 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

    1. I m glad to know you like it….. thanks

      Liked by 1 person

  5. chefkreso says:

    Looks really delicious, thanks for sharing, have to try it out 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Thanks, it’s my pleasure!

      Liked by 1 person

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