Malai Kofta Recipe

A Delightful Culinary Journey

Malai Kofta is a popular Indian dish consisting of deep-fried potato and paneer balls in a creamy tomato-based gravy. It originated in North India and is enjoyed worldwide.

Malai Kofta Recipe

Indulge in the rich and flavorful world of Indian cuisine with a delectable Malai Kofta recipe that is perfect for a cozy dinner for two. Malai Kofta is a beloved vegetarian dish that features melt-in-your-mouth dumplings served in creamy and aromatic gravy. With its delicate blend of spices and creamy texture, Malai Kofta is sure to captivate your taste buds and leave you craving for more. Let's embark on this culinary adventure and discover how to prepare this divine dish.

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Prep Time 40 mins Cook Time 45 mins Total Time 1 hr 25 mins Difficulty: Advanced Servings: 2 Calories: 540 Kcal Best Season: Suitable throughout the year


For the Koftas:

For the Gravy:


  1. Prepare the Koftas:
    • In a mixing bowl, combine the grated paneer, mashed potatoes, all-purpose flour, corn flour, ginger paste, garlic paste, green chili paste, turmeric powder, garam masala, and salt.
    • Mix the ingredients well until they form a soft dough-like consistency.
    • Divide the dough into small portions and shape them into round kofta balls.
    • Heat oil in a deep pan over medium heat. Once the oil is hot, carefully place the kofta balls in the oil and deep fry until they turn golden brown. Remove them using a slotted spoon and set aside on a paper towel to drain excess oil.
  2. Prepare the Gravy:
    • In a separate pan, heat ghee over medium heat. Add the cinnamon stick, green cardamom pods, and cloves. Sauté for a minute until they release their aroma.
    • Add the finely chopped onions and cook until they turn golden brown.
    • Add the ginger paste and garlic paste. Sauté for a minute until the raw smell disappears.
    • Add the tomato puree, cashew paste, turmeric powder, red chili powder, coriander powder, garam masala, and salt. Mix well and cook for a few minutes until the oil starts to separate from the mixture.
    • Reduce the heat to low and slowly pour in the heavy cream while stirring continuously. Allow the gravy to simmer for a few minutes until it thickens slightly.
  3. Combine the Koftas with the Gravy:
    • Gently place the fried kofta balls into the simmering gravy. Coat them evenly with the sauce.
    • Let the koftas cook in the gravy on low heat for 5-7 minutes, allowing them to absorb the flavors.
  4. Serve and Garnish:
    • Transfer the Malai Kofta to a serving dish. Garnish with freshly chopped cilantro, which adds a touch of freshness to the dish.


    • There you have it—an irresistible Malai Kofta recipe that brings together the perfect balance of flavors, textures, and aromas. The soft and creamy koftas nestled in the fragrant gravy make this dish an absolute treat for your taste buds. Whether you're a vegetarian or simply looking to explore the wonderful world of Indian cuisine, Malai Kofta is a must-try recipe that will surely impress your dining companion. So, put on your apron, gather the ingredients, and embark on this culinary journey to create a memorable and delicious meal for two!
Nutrition Facts

Serving Size 200 gm

Amount Per Serving
Calories 364kcal
Calories from Fat 210kcal
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 39g60%
Saturated Fat 9g45%
Cholesterol 27mg9%
Sodium 624mg26%
Potassium 857mg25%
Total Carbohydrate 40g14%
Dietary Fiber 6g24%
Sugars 8g
Protein 12g24%

Calcium 208 mg
Iron 3 mg

* * The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a serving of food contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice. Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily value may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

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Hi, I am Madhavi, a culinary enthusiast and the creative mind behind Madhavicooks, an inspiring cooking blog that takes you on a delightful journey through the flavors and aromas of the culinary world.

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