Malai Kofta

by Kiran on February 25, 2014 · 30 comments

in Curries, Indian, Vegetarian

Breaking news.

We bought a new TV!! After months of deprivation and what seems like forever, we are now spending most of our time catching up on the DVR! There’s so much to watch and now I can’t stop ;D

Try prying the remotes away from me.

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Jokes apart, I’m truly used to not having a TV. I get a ton of things done not having the TV as a distraction. And now, I’m so into it like there’s no tomorrow!

Don’t believe me? This post is published so late today and the TV is to be blamed here 😉

Malai Kofta |

I know many of you have a very strong will-power when it comes to NOT owning a TV at all. Hats off to you, because I’m a total wuss when it comes to TV.

Though the decision was not mine, I didn’t say NO to the purchase. Sigh, guess I succumbed to a box that’s taking so much of my time.

Malai Kofta |

Including recipe development — sorta loss the “mojo” of creating recipes and again, the blame goes to TV 😉 Don’t get my wrong, I love creating and sharing new recipes.

But the DVR seems to be calling my name, all the time. Gah.

Malai Kofta |

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For koftas–

  • 1 heaping cup of paneer, grated
  • 1 cup potatoes, boiled & grated
  • 2 tbsp almond flour
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tbsp golden raisins, chopped
  • 2 tsp coriander leaves, chopped
  • 1/2 tsp red chili powder
  • 1/4 tsp cardamom powder
  • a little corn starch for binding
  • oil for frying

For gravy–

  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 large tomato, chopped
  • 1 tsp ginger
  • 1 tsp garlic paste
  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • 3 whole green cardamom
  • 2 whole black cardamom
  • 1 inch cinnamon stick
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 4 whole cloves
  • 1/4 cup coconut cream or cashew paste
  • 2 tsp kasuri methi
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp red chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp garam masala
  • 2 cups of hot water


  1. Heat a large deep saucepan on medium-high. Add vegetable oil to heat for deep frying.
  2. In a large bowl, add ingredients for koftas (sans oil) and mix to combine into a soft dough.
  3. Divide koftas into equal portions. Rolls between palms and apply gentle pressure till the kofta balls are smoothly rounded. Make as many to keep ready for frying.
  4. Once oil is hot, fry koftas until lightly browned on all sides. Drain koftas over paper towels.
  5. In a small blender, add chopped onion, tomato, ginger and garlic paste. Blend into a paste. Add very little water (if needed) to aid in blending.
  6. Heat a deep vessel on medium-high. Add 3 tbsp olive oil and wait until it heats before adding all of the whole spices (cardamoms, cinnamon stick, bay leaves and cloves). Stir and cook for 1 minute or until fragrant.
  7. Add blended onion-tomato paste and cook for 5 to 7 minutes, stirring occasionally. Cook until paste is lightly colored, fragrant, thickens and oil separates on the sides.
  8. Drizzle in coconut cream and sprinkle on kasuri methi, salt and red chili powder. Bring it to a gentle simmer before adding 2 cups of hot water.
  9. Bring gravy to a simmer, add koftas, lower the heat to medium-low and put a lid on. Cook gravy for 10 to 15 minutes or until oil separates on the sides.
  10. Once gravy thickens and oil separates on the sides, sprinkle on some garam masala. Cook for another minute.
  11. Garnish malai koftas with a drizzle of cream and a sprinkling of fresh coriander.
  12. Serve hot with rice, naans and a fresh salad.


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Hope you are having a great week, my friends! I know I am, with the remote in my hand and dinners right in front of TV! Totally obsessed 😉

How do you tame an obsession of a new toy?


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1 Laura (Tutti Dolci) February 25, 2014 at 12:01 PM

I can practically taste this, I love all the aromatics!
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2 Shibi @ FlavzCorner February 25, 2014 at 12:16 PM

This looks awesome Kiran. As we are approaching Lent period, I am on the hunt for some yummy vegeterain dishes and I am definitely going to try this. Thanks for sharing!!!
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3 Tanvi@SinfullySpicy February 25, 2014 at 12:23 PM

One of my fav things ever!! Love to scoop malai with chewy naan.
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4 Tanvi February 25, 2014 at 2:55 PM

Ditto!!! 😀
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5 Rosa February 25, 2014 at 1:14 PM

A fantastic recipe! I’ll really have to try this dish soon…

Wonderful clicks, as usual.




6 Kitchen Belleicious February 25, 2014 at 2:17 PM

ummmm…. can I have some? Seriously, a ball of deliciousness!
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7 Shema | LifeScoops February 25, 2014 at 2:22 PM

Beautiful click that are making my tummy growl!!! I am so hungry now 🙁
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8 Kari@Loaves n Dishes February 25, 2014 at 2:50 PM

I hear ya, I cannot turn the TV on in the day or I’ll get totally sucked in! Now about this dish…holy moly Kiran! I love the flavors that you use and can hardly wait to delve into a bowl of this yumminess!
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9 Tanvi February 25, 2014 at 2:54 PM

I want this NOW!!! My fav. dish.
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10 Daniela @ FoodrecipesHQ February 25, 2014 at 3:20 PM

I made the preposition of making your malai kofta this weekend. They look very very good. Do you think I can give them a shallow fry instead of a deep fry? My stomach is too delicate 🙁 Enjoy your TV, I would probably spend most of my free time watching it if I had one 🙂
When I moved to London I could not even understand the British English, I still remember the first time I watched a British sit-com… gosh, that was a tough day for me!
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11 Rekha February 25, 2014 at 10:39 PM

I love this curry 🙂 Looks utterly delicious and awesome clicks Kiran.
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12 Sammie February 26, 2014 at 11:54 AM

I never had cable for 7 years while I lived abroad and now I’ve forgotten that I have a TV! I barely use my TV! haha.. Glad you got to catch up with you favourite tv episodes! This recipe looks great! And look at that list of spices! I can already tell how good the food is going to taste! 😀 Pretty photography too!
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13 Shashi @ February 26, 2014 at 12:26 PM

I don’t try to tame an obsession – I have to let it ride out! 🙂
Enjoy your TV dear – if you need, I will come over and enjoy the rest of this malai kofta for you, so you won’t have to leave your spot in front of the telly!
Malai kofta is one of my favs – I have never made it, but ordered it every time we have eaten at an Indian restaurant – so thank you for this recipe…offer to come over and eat it still stands!
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14 John@Kitchen Riffs February 26, 2014 at 1:16 PM

Enjoy your new TV! Glad you found time to make this wonderful looking kofta. Love the color of it! And I’ll bet the flavor is fabulous. Thanks for this.
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15 Angie@Angie's Recipes February 26, 2014 at 1:46 PM

Looks delicious! I love the flavours.
Have a wonderful day!
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16 Choc Chip Uru February 26, 2014 at 6:17 PM

A delicious kofta recipe, one of my favourites 😀

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17 Alice February 26, 2014 at 6:43 PM

Such a beautiful recipe Kiran. I love these loft as and the delicious & creamy gravy that you chose to accompany them. Funny enough, our tv is in the repair shop too. It’s definitely the ritual I miss after a long day and having an hour or so on the couch & me time 😉
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18 Gemma @andgeesaid February 26, 2014 at 11:17 PM

oh oh oh!! malai kofta is my favorite curry! definitely trying this out! stunning photos 🙂

xx gemma
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19 Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking February 27, 2014 at 12:04 PM

What a scrumptious, comforting winter meal! This looks so delicious, Kiran. Thanks for sharing!
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20 Manju @ Manju's Eating Delights February 27, 2014 at 12:50 PM

Love Malai Kofta. Have made it only once for a potluck….i’m just tempted to make them again 🙂 Lovely pics as well.
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21 Kelly February 28, 2014 at 7:42 AM

This looks so incredible and full of flavor! Love your photos as always and yay for your new TV Kiran – enjoy 🙂
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22 Denise Browning@From Brazil To You February 28, 2014 at 8:19 AM

Lovely photos, Kiran! And a great recipe for Malai meatballs. Everything with paneer is delicious. I am crazy over it. Yes, TV can be a huge distraction. Since I have so many things to do, I usually watch it in the evenings or night when I have finished everything. I have cable so the array of channels is awesome… I love the History channel, AWE, cooking channel, etc


23 Tiff February 28, 2014 at 9:47 PM

Congrats on getting the new TV! I have a TV in my own room, but I barely use it. I do, however, abuse Netflix a lot. When I get hooked onto a show, …well, let’s just say my boyfriend’s Netflix account is definitely getting lots of hours watching. He’s gettin’ alllll the bang for his buck haha.

Since it’s a new toy, you’ll get over it in a few weeks & maybe then, your inspiration for new recipes will come back. 🙂

How do you tame an obsession of a new toy? Ummmm I have this problem of…being addicted to things that aren’t work related, soooo wrong person to ask, but I’d try implementing a rewards system. You know, do an hour’s work of work & then play. 😀

Beautiful photos & this looks like a wonderful recipe. It sounds & looks absolutely delicious. I’ll have to try it sometime!
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24 easyfoodsmith March 2, 2014 at 12:03 PM

Malai Kofta is a favorite that we always order when eating out. Your presentation and pics are beautiful…as always 🙂
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25 Andi March 3, 2014 at 12:22 PM

Well, now I know what I’ll be bringing for lunches this week.
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26 Carolyn Chan March 4, 2014 at 9:30 PM

Ooh those koftas look amazing ! And I can’t believe you even had ANY time without the tv !!!
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27 dina March 7, 2014 at 10:01 AM

i love this sauce. it’s delicious!
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28 Anu Menon March 7, 2014 at 2:13 PM

I LOVE LOVE LOVE that you didnt use cream here. Coconut cream/cashew paste sounds wonderful!
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29 rika@vm March 9, 2014 at 12:08 PM

Congratulations with the new tv! We used iMac to watch entertainment using Hulu, Netflix and some streaming. That’s some mouthwatering looking gravy…I want to try this curry with some veggies like potatoes – the sauce looks really creamy, and wow two different types of cardamoms! I bet I will find them at an Indian supermarket, right?


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