Monday, March 10, 2008

Malai Koftas

I had a can of milk, which was going to be expired soon… I knew that I cannot finish it before the sell by date and I end up making some homemade curd and paneer…
Now, for the paneer recipes i turned all the pages of my cookbook for fresh paneer recipe dishes and found the malai koftas from Indian microwave cooking by Tarla Dalal. I was pretty unusual; the koftas are made with fresh paneer and not deep-fried in oil and of course easy to prepare.
For those who don’t know about Malai Koftas:
Koftas: made with a blend of minced meat or minced vegetable/paneer, spices and deep-fried.
Malai: refers to cream, which is a cream sauce in this recipe

malai koftas

For the koftas:Paneer: 1 cup crumbled
Maida:1 tsp
Baking soda: 1 pinch
Chillies: 2 green chillies (minced)
Cilantro: 1 tsp chopped
Salt: required per ur taste

For the gravy:Tomato: 3
Milk: 3/4 cup
Cream: 1/4 cup
Kasuri methi: 1 tbps
Oil: 1 tsp
Salt: per ur taste

For the masala : to be ground into paste
Onion: ½ cup sliced
Garlic: 3 cloves
Ginger: a small piece
Chillies red: 4
Coriander seeds: 2 tsp
Cumin: 1 tsp
Clove: 2
Cinnamon stick: 2

For making Koftas:(Approximately make 8 balls)
Mix all the kofta ingredients together and shape into small balls, place into slightly greased microwave plate. Microwave for 1 minute.

For making the gravy:Cut the tomatoes into half, place into a bowl and microwave for 3 minutes. Once cooled, blend into puree.
Heat a pan with oil, add the ground masala and fry well, add the tomato puree, once the masala starts to leave oil, pour the milk, cream, kasuri methi and simmer another 2 minutes.

Before servingPlace the koftas in serving dish, pour the gravy and reheat in microwave for 2 min.
Serve hot with parothas or plain rice.

Note: For those who like spicy gravy, increase the chillies counts. I did it!


Happy cook said...

Wow looks super delicious. From the pic i can taste how soft the kofta is. Yummy

Asha said...

OMG! That is a great dish. Love the color and the Paneer addition in the kofta. More than the Malai Kofta, I love those layered Parathas behind it, are you going to post it too or what? Looks delcious!:)

Dhivya said...

never made koftas before...looks creamy and rich cham:)try them for sure..thanks for sharing

Divya Vikram said...

That looks really mouth watering..I have had them only in the restaurants..Will have to try them for sure..

Laavanya said...

Mmm.. Malai Kofta - looks so good.

Pooja said...

Wow ... Yummmmmmmmmmm
cham makes yum dishes... :D.
Malai kofta really looks wonderful , thanks for recipe cham.

Namratha said...

Yummy Cham, my hubby's fav. I haven't tried Malai Kofta at home, I guess this is a good one to start with :)

A Cook @ Heart said...

Looks so YUMMY!! The color and texture of the gravy is PERFECT!! layered parathas and malai koftas.. awesome combo!

Cham said...

Happy cook: Thanks Happy cook
Asha:Thank u Asha, My parathas are so perfect that is why i used a frozen one 4 the picture :)
Dhiv easy one to try it Dhiv
Divya Vikram: Thanks, pretty easy to handle it at home
Laavanya Thanks Laav
Pooja:Thank u Pooja
NamrathaPretty easy one to try at home and quick too :)

sowmya said...

looks delicious..colour of thr gravy is perfect..really good!!!

bee said...

that must be the easiest kofta recipe ever. thanks for sharing. i have that cookbook, but haven't cooked from it.

Lavi said...

parotta and malai kofta looks to be delicious..i have to do a try with potatoes.

Srivalli said...

wow..malai koftas look delicious...must've been yummy...and everything in mw...wish you made it for my event...:D

remya said...

layered parathas n malai kofta...gud combo dear....kofta looks delicious...

jayasree said...

Cham, perfect looking malai koftas. The recipe is simple too. Loved it for the koftas are not deep fried. Bookmarked.

Jaya said...

it looks so yum Cham ,
hugs and smiles

easycrafts said...

Must say perfect gravy colour...tempting

Trupti said...

Hey Cham, Pic looks yummy.
I also made Kofta's yday but I made Shahi Kofta..I will share my recipe soon.

Sia said...

no deep frying makes this koftas more attractive:) thank u cham for sharing this recipe with us.

Kalai said...

My fav, Cham!! Am planning on making these soon, too!

Sagari said...

melt in mouth mailai koftas yummmmmmmm love the gravy

Uma said...

the malai koftas are looking so wonderful! Super delicious, Cham!

Cham said...

Sowmya: Thanks
Bee:Right Bee! Quick & easy koftas
Lavy: potato cannot go wrong 2 :)
Sriv announce a paneer dish , i will come up with another one :)
Remya,Jayasree,Jaya,easycrafts,Trupti,Sia,Kalai,Sagari : Thanks for ur warm comments

Seena said...

Cham, it is very charming dish!! :)

Rachel said...

That looks so rich and creamy!

Swati: Sugarcraft India said...

Hello Cham

Its my first visit here and am glad to discover your lovely blog!!
Like your version of malai koftas esp without them being fried and they look perfect :)
Hope to see ya soon.

Rupa said...

My favourite..whenever we go to the restuarent..the first thing i order is Malai kofta..Looks lovely...your recipe is tempting me to make it..
Thanks for sharing.

Archy said...

Kofta looks lovely Cham.. Was looking forward for Malai Kofta recipe !! Thank you for the wonderful dish..

Anamika:The Sugarcrafter said...

Hi cham
first time on your blog..loved it.

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ANJALI J. said...

wonderful recipe. i wish i had some tomatoes at home now, i could have prepared it today itself. BTW thanks for the info Cham, i will check that.. Thats a very informative blog.

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Hima said...

Lovely Koftas cham