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malai kofta


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Prep Time: 30 minutes

Cook Time: 40 minutes

Total: 70 minutes

Servings: 4


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Step 1

Heat 1 tbsp oil in a pan. When the oil turns hot, add cardamoms, cloves & cinnamon.

Step 2

Then add onions and saute until they turn transparent or golden.

Step 3

Next add tomatoes & cashews. Saute for 2 to 3 mins. Pour half cup water & boil all the ingredients until soft & mushy.

Step 4

Turn off the stove and cool completely. Blend this to a smooth puree. Strain the puree (filter) through a strainer to another bowl.

Step 5

Heat a pan with oil or butter. Add bay leaf, cinnamon and cardamoms (all spices are optional here). Saute for a minute.

Step 6

Add ginger garlic paste and saute on a low heat till the raw smell goes away. This takes about 2 to 3 mins.

Step 7

Quickly stir in chili powder, garam masala, coriander powder,salt and sugar. Pour the onion tomato puree. Mix it well.

Step 8

Saute for 3 to 4 mins for the raw smell of chili powder to go away.

Step 9

Pour ½ to ¾ cup water to make a gravy. Cook covered until the gravy thickens and traces of oil are seen on top. The raw smell of the ingredients should have gone.

Step 10

Add kasuri methi and taste test. If needed add more salt.

Step 11

Regulate the flame to low and add cream. Stir and turn off the heat. Set this aside.

Step 12

To make malai kofta, boil potatoes until just done and not mushy.

Step 13

Crumble them and add to a mixing bowl along with crumbled paneer, ginger paste, corn flour, salt, garam masala and chopped coriander leaves.

Step 14

Also add raisins and cashews. Or you can stuff them in the koftas.

Step 15

Mix everything well and divide the dough to 8 equal parts. Roll them to balls.

Step 16

If you prefer, you can also flatten each ball. Place the cashews and raisins in the center and seal.

Step 17

Heat oil in a kadai for deep frying. Check if the oil is hot enough by sliding in a small portion of the malai kofta mixture.

Step 18

It has to rise without browning a lot. This is the right temperature.

Step 19

Wait for the oil to heat up and then slide 1 kofta ball to ensure they don't disintegrate.

Step 20

If the ball does not disintegrate or disperse in oil, then go ahead.

Step 21

Slide the koftas one by one gently to the hot oil.

Step 22

Deep fry on a medium flame until crisp and golden. Remove them to a steel colander or plate.

Step 23

Cool the gravy completelt and transfer it to a serving dish.

Step 24

Cool the malai koftas slightly. Place them in the gravy and pour 1 tbsp of cream. (avoid adding hot koftas to hot gravy)

Step 25

Garnish malai kofta with coriander leaves & serve with butter naan or Jeera Rice.