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Malai Kofta Curry

  Carrot 1 , finely chopped
  Green beans 10 , chopped
  Green peas 1⁄2 Cup (8 tbs) (Fresh Or Frozen)
  Potato 1 Large, finely chopped
  Cornstarch 2 Tablespoon
  Tomatoes 2 Large, pureed
  Plain bread crumbs 2 Tablespoon
  Onion 1 Medium, finely chopped
  Ginger garlic paste 1 Teaspoon
  Cinnamon stick 1 Inch
  Cloves 5
  Fresh cream 2 Tablespoon
  Cashew nuts 1⁄4 Cup (4 tbs)
  Poppy seeds 1 Tablespoon
  Oil 2 Tablespoon (For Deep Frying)
  Salt To Taste
  Turmeric powder 1⁄4 Teaspoon
  Red chili powder 1 1⁄2 Teaspoon
  Coriander powder 1 Tablespoon
  Chopped cilantro 1 Tablespoon (For Garnish)

Steam cook the vegetables and allow them to cool. Pat them with a paper towel to remove excess water.
Add cornstarch, bread crumbs, salt and 1/2 tsp red chilli powder to the vegetables.
Mash with hands and make small balls and deep fry in hot oil till golden. Remove and keep aside.
Grind poppy seeds and cashew nuts to a smooth paste by adding some warm water. Keep aside.
Heat 2 tbsp oil in a pan. Add cinnamon and cloves. Saute till nice aroma comes out. Add chopped onions and fry till golden.
Add ginger garlic paste and saute for few seconds.
Add turmeric powder, red chilli powder, coriander powder, salt and tomato puree. Mix well and bring to a boil. Simmer for 5 minutes.
Add ground poppy seeds and cashew nuts mixture along with the cream. Mix well. Pour enough water and cook for about 5 minutes until the gravy becomes thick.
To serve, arrange koftas in a serving dish and pour hot gravy on top, serve hot sprinkled with some chopped cilantro.
[Put the koftas in the gravy just before serving, or else they will become soggy].

Recipe Summary

Difficulty Level: 
Main Dish
Milk Product, Vegetable
Preparation Time: 
15 Minutes
Cook Time: 
15 Minutes
Ready In: 
30 Minutes
Recipe inspired by Mrs. Mallika Badrinath

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Prezi's picture
Hey Sarita. This was exactly what I was referring to when you posted the chicken kofta curry a couple of week's ago. I so love this Malai kofta; think this is a Bengali entry rite? Also, i like the slightly sweet and spicy taste it gives, along with the variety flavors the dish takes in. And with the use of cashew nuts, you have made the koftha curry so rich! :)
Sarita.Bhandarkar's picture
Hi Prezi, Chicken kofta was posted by Snigdha. As pointed out by Snigdha, Malai kofta is not a Bengali dish. Yes, Malai kofta does have a sweet and spicy taste.
perceptiveeye's picture
Hi Sarita. I am so glad you have posted this malai kofta recipe. i think banana kofta is almost prepared in the same manner. is it so? if you the recipe for that, please post it for us. thanks:)
Prezi's picture
Oops! Is that so. I think I am getting really confused with both your names - for the reason that you both have it starting with S ;) Well, I have always liked Malai koftha and I have had it from one of my Bengali friends place, during my graduation days. Also, she once bought it to university, and all of us loved the dish! :) Should definitly give it a try!
Nicole D.'s picture
So disappointing. I spent nearly an hour making this recipe. It is so bland. Anyone have a good malai kofta recipe?
Malai Kofta Curry Recipe