Malai Kofta

Sunday….what is the first thing that comes to ones mind…for me it is leisure, good food and rich food…This sunday D (my lil sis) decided to make Malai Kofta…a very north indian preperation, rich with cheese, cottage cheese and cream…she put lot of effort and the end product was just awesome…well me, i was in charge of making chappatis….so here we go, the recipe of malai kofta (Stuffed cottage cheese dumplings in a creamy tomato gravy)…

For the kofta: cottage cheese dumplings

Cottage cheese: 100 gms
Cheese cube: 1 nos
Green chillies: depending upon taste
salt: depending upon taste
Corriander leaves: depending upon taste
Oil for frying:
For the potato mixture:

Potatoes: 2 medium sized boiled potatoes
Masalas powder:Turmeric, chilli, dhania, jeera: depending upon taste
Maida: 2 tbsp

Tomato Puree: 100-200 ml
Cream: 100-150 ml
Onions: 1 medium size
ginger garlic paste: 1 tsp
poppy seeds / khuskhus: 1 tbsp
Cashews: around 50 gms
Whole masalas: Badi elaichi : 1 nos, small elaichi : 1 nos, cloves: 2-3, cinamon stick: 1 small piece. (to be ground into a fine powder)
Masalas Powder: 1 tsp: cumin, dhania, chilli
Jeera / cumin seeds: 1 tsp
Oil for cooking and salt upon taste


To make the kofta:

1. Mash the boiled potato and add all the other masala ingredients, salt and the maida and keep aside.
2. To make the cottage cheese dumplings, mash the cottage cheese and cheese nicely.
3. To this mixture add the other ingredients and roll them into small balls.
4. Fill the cottage cheese dumplings inside the mashed potato mixture and make bigger dumplings.
5. Deep fry the stuffed koftas till golden brown and set aside…
cheese_paneer_ball1.jpg kofta_cheese_ball.jpg
For the gravy:

1. Soak the cashew and poppy seeds seperately in water for 1/2 an hour.
2. Drain the water from the poppy seeds and grind it with the onion to a paste.(Add a little water to help in grinding)
3. Grind the cashew into a smooth paste and set aside. (Add little water to help in grinding)
4. Take in a kadai and once the oil is heated, add jeera, once the jeera starts spluttering, add the ginger garlic paste and saute
5. Add the onion mixture and the ground masala to it and saute till the whole mixture is light brown in colour.
6. Add the tomato puree and cook for 5 mins. Add all the masala powder,salt and cook.
7. Add the cashew paste and let it cook till the time that the cashew paste looks cooked.
8. Add water (1 cup)and let it simmer for some time…
9. Add the cream and lots of corriander and bring the whole gravey to a boil.
10.To make the whole preperation…add one tsp of ghee / clarified butter
11. Place the kofta in a serving bowl and add the gravy to it and serve hot with chappatis…

~ by priyaskitchen on September 10, 2007.

32 Responses to “Malai Kofta”

  1. wow! I am drooling…its been ages since i had malai kofta!

  2. wow.. priya..u lucky girl, you have ur sis living near ur place and being a sweet sis ( all younger ones are ;)..she makes these awesome looking koftas…they look really good.

  3. Koftas look great Priys, I love the color.Cheese tastes yum in Malai sauce.Good one:))

  4. Yum! Your Koftas look so delicious. Feel like grabbing some.

  5. i was actually looking to make this soon. have bookmarked ur page πŸ™‚ thanks! only prob is poppy seeds. is it readily available in indian market? is it known by some other name? do let me know at


  6. Wonderful Koftas…this’s my favourite dish…bookmarked ur recipe..thanks for sharing

  7. I believe this is the best Malai kofta recipe I have come across,thanks for sharing it with all.

  8. wow looks fabulous. malai sauce looking yum…

  9. Hi everybody,
    Thank you all for such wonderful comments, Will definitely let my sis know about all these comments…this will make her very happy and i guess..inspire her to cook more delicious dishes… πŸ˜‰

    Nags: in India u can get it in any shop…just ask for Khuskhus…

  10. Thanks everyone:) uve all made my day..

  11. Hi !
    Malai kofta is looking delicious! koftas are very nice! how come all koftas are in same color ! that’s a very nice one!

  12. hi usha…for the koftas the trick that i forgot to mention in the recipe is giving a light coat of arisi mavu or rice flour…then if u fry the koftas you get the crisp outer layer and a nice colour…

  13. The koftas have to be fried in really hot oil..that gives them the nice even colour.

  14. Hello, this is a fun and nice website. I tried the Malai kofta but the potato kofta didn’t work it broke when I fried it.
    I used with the ricotta heavy cream and sour cream, why do you think the potato broke? is it the sour cream??
    The sauce was perfect though.
    I need your advice , because I am not sure why the potato broke when I fried it?
    Thank you

  15. Hi Cedar: one of the key things that is required while making the koftas is mixing maida into the potatoes, as this acts as a binding agent… also as i understand…u seem to have used sour cream, cottage cheese is always a better option…plus last but not the least the potato kofta should be fried in very hot oil…do let me know if this helps… πŸ™‚

  16. Cedar one more thing if the koftas turn out very soft, then roll them on dry maida, keep them in the fridge for few hours & then fry πŸ™‚

  17. Hi, thank you for your reply, well I dont know what is Maida? the potato kofta were very soft and I used hot oil but I will try it again once I know what is meant by maida and I will put them in the fridge for few ours before I fry them.
    Thank you so much.

  18. cedar…Hi…maida i think is also called as alll purposeflour… πŸ™‚

  19. Hi again! well I get it I will try again with flour and I will put the potato in the fridge. I have one more question, I loved the gravy sauce of the malai kofta, I was wondering if you could recommend any vegetarian receipy that I could use the same sauce with. Thank you so much , I am so enjoying the Indian cooking adventure. I will write again when I try Malai kofta again.

  20. hi…instead of the could also use boiled potatoes (cut into chunks of 1 cm each) with peas or fried cottage cheese cubes with peas…

  21. Thanks that sounds great!

  22. This is wonderful recipe,Priya. I am going to try this out very soon.

  23. i must meet your sister

  24. If I had a dime for each time I came here! Superb writing.

  25. Hi Priya..wonderful recipe. I wonder what kind of cream (available in USA) will work best for the recipe.

    • Hei Hiral…i am thinking any cream…that can be used for say making white sauces etc can be used…


    • hei…i have not added any rice flour to the koftas…u need to just mash the potatoes by hand and not food processor (potatoes become too gluggy in the processor)…roll them in balls and then fry. If you do need to use rice flour…dry one would be a better idea…

  27. Wonderful Recipe:) Bookmarked your page right away. Making it soon πŸ™‚ Do visit my space sometime

  28. hei Anusha..thank you…

  29. wow… these Koftas are looking awesome (in the laptop screen)…. unfortunately i cant cook.. is there someone who lives in indore and lemme have the divine taste please !!!

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