‘Malai Kofta’ & ME!!! :( Grrrrr… Never… Naah, never ever! As you know, I don’t much like sweets and a big NO-NO when it comes to be a sweet gravy/curry.
Back in India, if you go some North-Indian restaurant, you’ll find a special category of gravies with kofta i.e. Paneer, Cheese, Nargisi, Shahi n of course, Malai Kofta… And here, I’ll have to end up ordering ‘Malai Kofta’ only as that’s the only kofta gravy in menu… 2nd reason, hubby loves it! I adjust somehow with strong flavors of Garlic-Naan though ;)
A few days back, I wanted to try something that I never made before… n so I planned to make this mild-sweet, yet rich gravy! I must say, I’m gonna make it often in-house rather than ordering it in some restaurant, as this was much much much better than what we get here at fine Indian restaurant… :)
1/2 tsp Ginger, grated
1/2 tsp Garlic, minced
2 tsp + 1 tbsp Oil
1 tsp Melon Seeds
1 tsp Coriander Powder
1/2 tsp Garam Masala
2 tsp Kasoori Methi
1/4 tsp Red Chilly Powder
1/4 tsp Turmeric Powder
2 tbsp Full Cream
Salt, to taste
1 Potato, boiled
1 tbsp Cashewnut Powder
4-5 Cashewnuts (or combo with raisins, if you like)
2 tsp Cornflour
1 tbsp Breadcrumbs
Salt, to taste
STEPS TO FOLLOW:
- Heat 2 tsp oil in a pan and add roughly chopped tomato n onion cubes.
- Add salt, turmeric powder in it and cook for 8-10 mins (or until tomatoes are mushy).
- Cool it down to room temp and soak cashewnuts, melon seeds in hot water for 1-2 mins.
- Grind them with cooked onion-tomatoes and make a smooth silky paste.
- Take all the ingredients (except cornflour) of kofta in a bowl and mix everything well.
- Make lemon-sized balls out of it and roll them in cornflour lightly.
- Heat paniyaram pan and add a few drops of oil in each mould.
- Arrange these koftas in it and shallow-fry until golden brown completely.
- Heat 1 tbsp of oil in deep kadai and add prepared paste along with all the spices.
- As it is cooked previously, add cream after 1-2 mins, give a quick stir and turn off the heat.
- Add koftas in gravy, coat them completely and serve hot with garlic naan!
- It’s a bit lengthy process, but result is just too good!
- In case if you want to skip cream, you can add 1/2 cup Milk instead.
That happens with me too that y waste money outside when ours is better.
Just stunning! And what pictures! Xxx
Yummilicious. I am always too scared to make kofta curry coz i feel it is too difficult. This one looks soo good. :)
You have no idea how my mouth is watering looking at the photos. There are a few items in the ingredient that I need to go and shop for. :P droooool!
Me too, not fond of curries with a sweet gravy. But now, you have tempted me to try this version of yours. Lovely clicks!
Yummm. Malai kofta is one of my absolute favorites (just ask my fiancee Paula—I basically require that we order it & share it every time we go out for Indian food), but like you, I don’t like when the sauce is too sweet. (I also hate when there are raisins in it!) I think the chef has changes at our favorite Indian restaurant in town, because the last time we ordered it, it was way too sweet for both of us… Guess I should start trying to make my own at home! :)
You might feel a process bit too lengthy, but I’m sure u’ll love it!!! I found the taste quite similar to what we get in India :)
lengthy yes! but I would make it any time if my family craved for it…. and they do more than required ;) A big crowd pleaser at home, this one is.
I love malai kofta and yes i agree it tastes so much better when home cooked..Loved the pic btw…:)
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I love malai kofta but have only had it at restaurants. I’m not sure if I would be able to find the Kasoori Methi or melon seeds – are these two ingredients absolutely essential to the flavour?
Well, great if u can get them! Easily available at any Indian store… yet kasoori methi is nothing but dried fenugreek leaves :) Eliminate them n go ahead if it’s a trouble to get them! As far as u add cashews, gravy will turn out amazing :)