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Malai Kofta | Step by step pictures

Malai Kofta
Malai Kofta is a rich creamy Indian gravy served as a side dish to Indian flat breads and pulao. Kofta is prepared by deep frying the balls prepared from paneer, mixed vegetables and spices. Creamy Gravy is prepared by frying and grinding ginger, garlic, onions and tomatoes. Cashew paste is added to thicken the gravy. Kofta balls are added to gravy before serving and garnished with fresh coriander leaves. This gravy is  Please check below for step by step instructions and pictures for preparing Indian rich gravy Malai Kofta.

Preparation Time: 15 mins
Cook Time: 25 mins
Yields: 4 servings
Malai Kofta Gravy

Table 1: For Kofta
OilFor Deep Frying
Shredded Paneer1/2 Cup
Boiled and mashed potato1/2 Cup
Cooked carrots and beans1/4 Cup
SaltAs needed
Cumin powder1/4 tsp
Coriander powder1/2 tsp
Chilli powder1 tsp
Corn FlourAs needed

Table 2: For Gravy

Oil1 tbsp
Ginger and Garlic chopped2 tsp
Onions chopped1/2 Cup
Tomato chopped1/4 Cup
SaltAs needed
Chilli powder1 tsp
Cashew paste2 tbsp
Coriander LeavesFor Garnishing


  • Mix shredded paneer, boiled mashed potato, cooked carrots beans, salt, cumin powder, coriander powder and chilli powder in a big bowl. 

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  • Mix well and make balls of lemon size.Toss balls in corn flour. 

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  •  Deep fry the balls till they turn golden colour. Remove the excess oil by placing the balls in paper towel.

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  • Heat Oil in a pan. Add ginger garlic chopped and fry till raw smell goes off. Add onions chopped and fry till onions turn translucent.

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  •  Add chopped tomatoes and fry till they turn mushy. Add salt and chilli powder. Remove the pan from stove. Allow the mixture to cool and grind it into smooth paste by adding enough water in blender.

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  •  Heat a pan. Add ground mixture followed by 1/2 cup water and cashew paste. Allow the gravy to boil.

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  •  Before serving, place the kofta balls in the gravy and garnish with coriander leaves.

Malai Kofta | Step by step pictures
Malai Kofta | Step by step pictures

Add kofta balls in the gravy just before serving otherwise the kofta balls will break.
Adjust chilli powder to your taste.
Carrot and beans should not have extra moisture. Once carrot and beans are cooked, place it in muslin cloth and squeeze out the extra water. Use the water while preparing gravy.


  1. omg drool worthy malai kofta :) looks so yummy and delicious dear :) very very well explained post !! :)

  2. The koftas in the creamy gravy is wonderful and I actually don't mind eating them just like that after the frying process. That is so good by itself.

  3. what a super tempting malai kofta...definitely it would taste good with chapathi

  4. Malai kofta looks super delicious and yummy.

  5. Your malai kofta looks so yummy in creamy gravy Nithya.. Click looks delicious and tempting dear.. Wish to have some now :-)


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