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Malai Kofta
This recipe was submitted by a Tasty Community Member, and hasn’t been tested by the Tasty recipe team.Submit your own recipe here!
Malai Kofta


for 4 servings

  • ½ lb paneer (250 g), cottage cheese
  • 3 medium potatoes, boiled
  • 2 onions, chopped
  • 2 tomatoes, chopped
  • 6 cashew nuts, for the gravy
  • 5 cashews, crushed
  • 8 raisins
  • 2 teaspoons red chili powder
  • 2 tablespoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon turmeric powder
  • 2 teaspoons black pepper
  • 1 ½ teaspoons garam masala powder
  • 1 teaspoon kasuri methi
  • 1 teaspoon mango powder
  • 2 teaspoons coriander powder
  • 2 cardamom pods
  • 1 small cinnamon stick
  • 1 teaspoon cumin seeds
  • 1 tablespoon cream
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 3 tablespoons oil, for the gravy
  • 1 ½ cups oil (360 mL), for deep frying
  • ½ cup water (120 mL)
  • 1 tablespoon cornflour
  • 1 tablespoon flour
  • coriander leaf, freshly chopped

Nutrition Info

  • Calories 894
  • Fat 25g
  • Carbs 54g
  • Fiber 7g
  • Sugar 15g
  • Protein 17g

Estimated values based on one serving size.


  1. For the Koftas-
  2. Firstly, we need to make the Kofta mixture. First, mash potatoes in a bowl. Then, add grated paneer / cottage cheese.
  3. Next, add 1 tsp salt, 1tsp red chili powder, 1 tsp black pepper, 1 tsp coriander powder and 1 tsp mango powder. Mix nicely. Now, add 2 tbsp crushed cashew nuts and 1 tbsp raisins. Once combined, add 1 tbsp cornflour and 1 tbsp flour and mix to combine.
  4. Form mixture into small balls (or koftas) and set aside. You should get 10-12 balls total.
  5. Now, heat enough oil (almost 2 cups) in a pot. Keep the flame high. It will take 3-4 minutes for the oil to get heated. Once heated, start deep frying the paneer balls on medium heat. Cook till it's crisp and golden brown. Once all koftas are fried, set aside on a lined plate.
  6. For the Gravy -
  7. Heat 3 tbsp oil in a shallow pan on medium. Add 2 cardamom pods, 1 small cinnamon stick and 1 tsp cumin seeds. Let the seeds crackle, and then add 2 chopped red onions to this. Sauté until the onions are golden brown. Add 6-7 cashews and cook on medium heat for 4-5 minutes.
  8. Now add 2 chopped tomatoes and mix it nicely. Add ½ cup water to and cover it with a lid. Cook for 4-5 minutes on medium heat.
  9. Take the mixture off the heat and cool for 10-15 minutes. Once cooled, grind to a fine paste and strain the mixture to remove lumps.
  10. In the same Kadahi, add 2 tbsp butter and turn on high heat. Add the strained mixture. Then, add 1 tbsp salt,1 tsp turmeric powder, 1tsp red chili powder, 1 tsp coriander powder, 1 tsp black pepper and 1 tsp garam masala powder. Mix nicely.
  11. Let the gravy cook for 6-7 minutes on medium heat. When the oil starts to separate, add 1tbsp cream and mix nicely. Sprinkle 1 tsp Kasuri Methi (fenugreek leaves). Salt to taste
  12. To Serve –
  13. Add koftas to the gravy and coat. Garnish with freshly chopped coriander leaves on top. Serve with roti, naan, or rice.
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