Monday, April 27, 2020

Malai Kofta Curry | How to make Malai Kofta Curry

Malai Kofta Curry, a popular and delicious indian curry !! Malai means cream and koftas means deep fried balls. Deep fried balls made from mashed potato and paneer dunked in a velvety & creamy tomato based sauce. It taste awesome with both roti and rice. 

There are many variations in the malai kofta curry, here i'm using the basic onion tomato curry which tastes so good with koftas . Even you can make the base curry ahead & refrigerate, for details check out here. So on the day of making malai kofta curry, you only need to make koftas and add into curry.  It's one of the best and easiest malai kofta curry that you can prepare!!!

Back in years, when we were in Colorado, we visited one of the indian restaurant for dinner on my birthday. On that day, i had ordered malai kofta and some indian flat bread as main. The curry was so disappointed and finally we ended up eating our rotis with raita. Back then we were not used to return back the food.  The koftas are too oily and the curry is so creamy with lot of cream and we were satiated even with couple of spoon of curry. Later we were not even dare to order malai kofta in any restaurant. Actually i'm wondering how clearly i remember that instance while started writing this post, but if you have asked what day is today, i have to check my phone for the answer 🙆  

So honestly i didn't know how good malai kofta tastes until i had tried on my own. I learned this recipe from one of my north indian friend, it turned out so good even on my first try itself, ever since it became staple in my kitchen. Mostly prepared this curry for any special occasion along with some roti.  Don't overwhelmed by looking at the long list of ingredients, i have split the ingredients list for curry and kofta separately. So it seems so long.  Now let's check out how to make this delicious malai kofta curry.

Malai Kofta Curry

Preparation Time : 20 mins | Cooking Time : 20 minsServes :
Recipe Category: Curry | Recipe Cuisine: Indian
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Onion(medium) - 1
Tomato(small) - 2
Garlic - 2 pods
Ginger - 1/2 inch piece
Cumin seed - 1/4 tsp
Fennel seed - 1/4 tsp
Cashew - 5
Oil - 2 tsp
Cinnamon - 1/2 inch piece
Cloves - 2 
Cardamom - 2
Turmeric powder - 1/4 tsp
Red chili powder - 1/2 tsp
Coriander powder - 1 tsp
Garam masala - 1/2 tsp
Kasthuri methi - 1/2 tsp 
Salt - to taste
Cream - 1 tbsp
For Kofta
Cooked Potato - 1(medium size)
Paneer(grated) - 1/2 cup
Khoya - 1 tbsp
Corn flour - 2 tsp
Turmeric powder - a pinch
Red chili powder - 1/4 tsp
Kasthuri methi - 1/4 tsp 
Salt - to taste
Oil - for frying

First let's make kofta, in a bowl add all the ingredients listed under "For Kofta " except oil and make a thick dough, pinch a small ball from it and make a small balls.
Heat the oil for frying and fry the koftas in low flame until it's golden brown.
Drain the koftas from oil and place it on tissue paper.  Next for the curry, chop onion, tomato, ginger & garlic into small pieces.
Heat a kadai with 1 tsp of oil, add fennel and cumin seed, let them splutter and then add the onion,ginger & garlic. Let the onions become translucent, then add the tomatoes.
Cook both the onions and tomatoes are soft, finally add the cashews and let it cool a bit. Add into the mixie/blender jar and grind into smooth puree. 
Heat the same with the remaining oil  and temper with whole spices (cinnamon,cloves, cardamom) and then add the onion tomato paste. Wash the blender jar with some water and add into the masala. Next add all the spices(turmeric,red chili,coriander and garam masala powder) & salt.
Add more water if needed, let the curry boils and keep it in low flame & cook till the oil floats on top, next add the cream & kasthuri methi.
Finally add koftas and garnish with coriander leaves. 
Tasty & rich Malai Kofta Curry is ready to serve.Serve it with your favorite roti. 
We had it with chapati. For more roti and side dish ideas, check it out here

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  • Add more or less of water in the curry as per the consistency you like.
  • Add more cream on the curry while serving  for extra richness.
  • You can add the koftas into the curry right before serving to avoid kofta became soggy.
  • Khoya used in kofta making is for extra richness, if you don't have, you can skip that.
  • Cook the kofta in low heat for even cooking and coloring. 
  • If you're cooking in high flame,the koftas easily turned out dark outside and leave the inside uncooked