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Saturday, March 8, 2014

Malai Kofta Gravy Recipe | Restaurant style Malai Kofta Curry

Malai kofta gravy is spicy dumpling of paneer and potato deep fried and simmered in creamy tomato based gravy. Malai kofta is very famous in any restaurant menu. This restaurant style malai kofta gravy is rich and high in calorie. This gravy can be served with Roti, naan or rice.
 Though I prepared this gravy almost a week ago, I couldn't post it on time. Better late than never right, so am posting this recipe now. I have heard from some of my friends that the dumplings while frying will may disintegrate and I was so worried about that. But following this recipe, the dumplings (kofta ) came out perfect and the gravy tasted delicious .
Malai Kofta gravy made in Restaurant style
Restaurant style Malai Kofta Curry
Recipe Source: UK Rasoi

What are the ingredients needed? 
For the koftas/ dumplings
Grated Paneer, 2 cups
Medium size potatoes, 2 nos (boiled, peeled and grated)
Chilli powder, 1/4 teaspoon
Garam masala powder, 1/4 teaspoon
Milk powder, 1 Tablespoon
Corn flour, 1 Tablespoon + more for rolling
Salt, as required
Oil for deep frying

For the gravy
Oil, 1 Tablespoon
Bay leaf, 1 no.
Cloves, 3 nos
Cinnamon, 1 inch
Black cardamom, 2 nos
Green gardamom, 3 nos
Mace, a pinch
Onions, 2 medium sized
Ginger garlic paste, 1 tablespoon
Tomatoes, 3 medium size ones
Turmeric power, 1/4 teaspoon
Red Chilli powder, 3/4 teaspoon
Garam masala, 1/4 teaspoon
Cashews, 10-12 (soaked and ground into a paste)
Water, 2 cups
Full cream milk, 1 cup (luke warm)
Orange food color, as required (optional)
Kasuri methi, 1 teaspoon

To garnish
Grated Paneer, 1 Tablespoon
Cream, 2 Tablespoon
Cilantro, handful (chopped)
Malayi Kofta
Malai Kofta
How it is made?
  1. Mix all the ingredients listed under 'for koftas' make balls. For the size I made I got around 12- 13 balls. Then roll them in corn flour, dust off excess corn flour, then heat oil and deep fry them till they are golden brown. Drain them in kitchen towel to remove excess oil if any and keep it aside.
  2. Heat oil, add bay leaf, cinnamon, cloves, mace, cardamoms, and fry for a minute or two till the aroma comes, then add the chopped onions and fry till they turn translucent. Then add chopped tomatoes and ginger garlic paste and fry till the tomatoes are cooked and turns mushy, then turn off the heat. Let it cool and then grind it into a coarse paste.
  3. Now turn on the heat,  add the ground paste into the same pan, add turmeric powder, garam masala, chilli powder and mix well and let it cook for 6-7 minutes. Then add the cashew paste and water and mix well. Bring this mixture to boil and then let it simmer for 10 minutes. Then add the lukewarm milk gradually as you keep stirring and then let it simmer for 6-7 minutes. Then add crushed kasuri methi, salt and food color (if using) and let it simmer for a minute or two and turn off the heat.
  4. Now transfer this gravy into the serving dish, arrange the koftas in the gravy, then garnish it with grated paneer, chopped cilantro and heavy cream.
It serves 4 -5 persons
This can be served with naan, roti or any mildly spiced Pulao.
Dumplings made with paneer and potato simmered in spicy creamy tomato based gravy
Malai Kofta Gravy
  • Instead of adding milk for the gravy, you can add 3/4 cup of heavy cream too. The gravy will be more rich and creamy.
  • If you like mild sweetness in the gravy, you can add little sugar while along with kasuri methi.


  1. Looks very creamy and yummy kofta ...Love it dear :)

  2. Super delicious Malai Kofta, mouth is watering dear !!! :-)

  3. lovely koftas and a creamy, yummy gravy. Love it to the core

  4. Who can resist to this droolworthy kofta, highly inviting..


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