Malai kofta

This winter has turned out to be a bit extreme. This week it was manageable, but last week we had very low temperatures. It was one such Sunday when the temperature was 2F (-16C) and we were getting really bored of sitting at home. To bring the spirit back, I made these koftas and naan, and it turned out great.

I missed my parents a lot in the process. I wish I could make these for my pappa and aayi, they love to eat at North Indian restaurants occasionally. At our native, we have one restaurant which serves these and we love it. I don’t know if there are any other North Indian restaurants, but we normally go to this restaurant called “Panduranga” which is very good. Though aayi cooks mainly Konkani food at home, they enjoy eating at this restaurant on special occasions. So whenever I cook these, I miss them terribly. I wish they were here.

1/2 cup (1 big) boiled and mashed potatoes
1/2 cup fresh/frozen green peas
1 tbl spn cashews
1 tbl spn raisins
1/2 tea spn garam masala
1/2 tea spn chilli powder
1 tbl spn corn starch
1 slice bread (optional)

Dip the bread in water and squeeze off all the water.
Add all other ingredients(except oil) and mix well. Make small balls.

Deep fry in oil (I shallow fried them on medium heat). Take them out on a clean kitchen towel.

1/2 cup very finely chopped or grated onion
2 tomatoes (blanch in hot water and make puree)
2 tbl spn cashews (blanch in hot water and make a paste)
1/2 cup cream (malai)
1/2 tea spn cumin seeds
2-3 strands coriander leaves
Spice paste –
3 cloves
1 green cardamom
1 bay leaf
1″ cinnamon
4 pepper
A small piece of nutmeg
1/2 tea spn cumin seeds
1/2 tea spn coriander seeds
1/2 tea spn chilli powder
1 tea spn chopped ginger
1 tea spn chopped garlic

Grind all the spice paste ingredients and keep aside.
Heat oil and add onion. When they turn brownish, add spice paste and fry for few minutes.
Now add tomato puree, salt, cook for a min. Add cashew paste, cream (or whole milk) and cook till it forms a thick gravy.
Add the koftas and cook for another 2-3 min. Garnish with coriander leaves and serve hot.

Serves : 2-3
Preparation time : 30mins

30 thoughts on “Malai kofta”

  1. Hi Shilpa,

    One more gem out of your kitty. I too like malai kofta very much in fact I always order it in restaurant serving northern cuisine.

    Thanks for the recipe, the pics look awesome.

  2. Wow, this looks just great Shilpa..Am not very fond of Malai kofta, but ur koftas look too tempting to try. Yay, u mentioned Panduranga (family :D)..Happy holidays and a very happy new year to you Shilpa..

    Shilpa: I thought of you when I mentioned Panduranga :). It is our regular. North Indian dishes and then Gadbad icecream…yummm

  3. it looks wonderful.i will try this tomorrow.In USA we dont have khova but in India my mom adds a little bit of khova in the gravy and not the cream . it tastes extremely wonderful.U’r recipe looks great !

  4. Hi Shilpa,

    Malai Kofta looks yummy….
    Will definitely try this recipe.
    And Wishing you and your family a very happy and prosperous new year..!!!

  5. Hi Shipa..
    Panduranga hotel in Kumta serves North Indian food?I didnt know
    I also miss my parents when I cook any special food and think that I should cook for them when they visit us next time..but when my amma comes to bangalore,I never enter into the kichen 🙁 and 🙂

  6. Oh, so decadent! I have seen other recipes for this dish, but never such close, tempting photos… and fresh naan too?! Oh… I’m gaining weight thinking.

    Happy New Year to you and your family, Shilpa! I hope the time comes soon when you can reunite.

  7. Wonderful dish! Loved your low fat version! Looks yummy, n that cutie pie baby kadhai (pic 1) is such a show-stealer! HAPPY NEW YEAR..hope sheeya uney jatta thai! -16C too much nave!

  8. Shilpa,

    I have been visiting your site for quite a while now – the Malai Kofta recipe made me want to write to you. You have a great site and your aayi sharing her recipes from India is a great idea! Totally love it and so worth it! I love Malai Kofta and your presentation of the recipe is very simple – makes me want to try this out today! Keep up with posting recipes that are presented wonderfully!

  9. Shilpa,
    The malai-kofta looks super-yummy. And I like that the koftas are shallow-fried. And I’m sure that the corn starch makes the koftas crispy on the outside.

    I hope you get to make this for your parents soon.

  10. you have mentioned to blanch the tomatoes and then make the puree. what if tomatoes are directly grinded to make puree. will it make a difference in taste.

    Shilpa: Yes, they will have different raw taste.

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  12. hey shilpa, Happy new year to you and ur family too ! We stay in canada and yes weather’s always in minus.. snowing all the time.
    I really wanted to make something hot n spicy .. this one is sure shot for this weekend 🙂 ;)Being konkani am a die hard fan of fish curries and wot lovely items u’ve posted on site. yummy ! Well now I have turned into a very good cook.. its all becos of u. After marriage , we stayed in bangalore for 2 yrs.. If only i cud hv found ur site then 🙂 Neways.. better late than never.. Cheers !

  13. Dear Shilpa

    At first, let me compliment you on your website and your recipes.Both of them are simply great. Moreover, what I like about your site is how frequently you update the site with all the new wonders from your kitchen. GREAT JOB!!!

    I tried the Malai Kofta recipe today and the gravy turned out superb but the Koftas didnt come out well…I didnt have corn starch and made the koftas minus that and I found my Koftas sticking to the pan as I shallow fried the Koftas…So, I conclude the corn starch is an important ingredient while making Koftas.

  14. hey shilpa just had a doubt regarding “malai kofta”..i have a north indian friend here and she had done malai kofta once and she had done kofta of only “paneer—>malai” and then she said that you can make koftas of different types but i dontknow whether they will be called “malai kofta”

    Shilpa: Nandita, as far as I know, Cream in Hindi is called malai. The name malai kofta comes from the creamy gravy. (I am not very sure though). Most of the kofta recipes have paneer in them. But I did not add it.

  15. Hi Shilpa,

    ur all receipes seems to be very yummy…i am too trying i started cooking after my marriage only, but for me to cook our konkani receipes was very hard…thanks to u, that u made it very easy..

    i am frm Karwar..but i stay in toronto, Canada…

    i too love the food in hotel called “Pandurang” which is in my dad works in bank, he got tramsfered thr last yr..
    we just love its food.

  16. Hi! I am writing just after trying this recipe. It turned out really good and everyone liked it. Except that the color didn’t turn out as in the picture.

    I just wanted to ask what is the role of the corn starch here and can it be substituted with anything else?


    Shilpa: It acts as a binder and also makes the koftas crispy

  17. HI Shilpa,

    After the success of Naan experiment ,the credit goes to you of course. I am all excited to try something new and what would be more better than malai kofta. I was just going through the recipe to check whether I have all the ingredients. I have some questions for you, 1)It may sound silly but I have never done this before so, How to blanch cashews is it same like blanching tomatoes?
    2) You have mentioned cream in the recipe which cream it is?whipping cream/whipped cream?

    Thanks in advance.

    Shilpa: Yes, same as tomato. Whipping cream.

  18. Hey Shilpa… made malai kofta yesterday for guests and it was a big hit. The only change was I added paneer to make the kofta. Thanks for this awesome recipe.:)

  19. Hi Shilpa,

    I am one of the frequent visitor of your site. You are simple great!
    I often come across this cream (malai) in your recipes but quite not sure where to find it here in US. All I see is cream cheese or whipped cream. Do they call it something different? Please suggest some store where I can buy it.

    Shilpa: You can use any whipping cream, you can find it in dairy isle of any grocery store.

  20. I tried this out and the gravy turned out really well. I deep fried the koftas, but they broke on frying. Any reason why? I had to serve the gravy with mashed koftas. 🙂

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