Malai Kofta – Veggie dumplings in Rich Tomato sauce

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‘Malai Kofta’ is a very rich and delicious dish . ‘Malai’ translates to cream and ‘Kofta’ translates to dumplings usually made of mashed potatoes,cheese and sometimes other vegetables. The ‘koftas’ are dunked in a rich tomato sauce infused with spices , cream and cashew paste. This is a very popular dish during special occasions and indulging it occasionally is a welcome treat to the taste buds. The ‘koftas’ can be deep fried , baked , or shallow fried in an appe-pan .It may seem like a time consuming process to make ,but the effort is just worth it , especially for a special occasion!

This recipe from Northern India is said to have originated from the Mughalai cuisine , a legacy left behind by the Mughals who ruled India .Interestingly, it is also believed to have a Turkish and Persian influence . The dumplings could be made in many different ways. It is sometimes stuffed with dry fruits or cheese in the center .In my version of the recipe, I mash all the ingredients together and make small round balls out of it. You can also roll into oval shapes or flatten it if you like. This is a great tasting dish to serve and impress your guests. The ‘Koftas’ can also be made in advance and frozen .Please read on for the recipe and hope you enjoy it.

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Malai Kofta – Veggie dumplings in creamy tomato sauce

A delicious dish made of vegetable dumplings in a rich and  creamy tomato sauce , best served with rice or naan or bread

Servings: 8 people
For Kofta
  • 2 potatoes boiled and mashed
  • 1 cup crumbled paneer
  • 1 tsp red chilli powder
  • 1/2 tsp garam masala powder
  • 1/2 tsp chaat masala or amchur powder optional
  • 2 tsp corn flour
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup coriander leaves finely chopped
  • 2 cups oil to deep fry
For gravy
  • 1 onion extra large chopped
  • 4 to 5 tomatoes medium sized choped
  • 10 -12 cashews soaked in 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 tsp ginger garlic paste
  • 1 tsp jeera
  • 1 tsp red chilli powder Kashmiri chilli
  • 1 tsp coriander powder
  • 1/2 tsp amchur (dried mango) powder or chaat masala
  • 1 tsp garam masala
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 4 cloves
  • 1/2 inch cinnamon stick
  • 4 cardamom
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 3 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1/2 cup chopped coriander leaves
  • 2 tbsp whipping cream
  • 2 tbsp dried kasuri methi (fenu greek leaves)
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp sugar
To make koftas.
  1. Boil and mash the potatoes.

  2. Add crumbled paneer to the potatoes and mix well.

  3. Add the spices  red chilli powder, garam masala, amchur powder (optional), along with corn flour  and chopped coriander leaves and mix well .

  4. Form small round balls and keep aside or in a refrigerator for about 30 minutes.

  5. Heat oil in a pan and deep fry the veggie balls .Alternatively you could cook it in an appe-pan with very little oil.

To make the gravy
  1. Take a deep bottomed vessel and add the butter and oil to it.

  2. Add the spices  cumin seeds, bay leaves, cloves, cinnamon and cardamom to it.

  3. Next add chopped onions and sautee well.

  4. Add ginger garlic paste and sautee till the raw smell is gone.

  5. Add the chopped tomatoes  and cook it well for about 15 to 20 minutes till it leaves oil from the sides.

  6. Fish out the whole spices and grind the onion and tomato to a fine paste when cooled.

  7. Grind the cashews and  milk to a fine paste and keep aside.

  8. In the same pan , add a little oil and add the red chilli powder , coriander powder garam masala , amchur powder and the onion tomato paste and mix well. 

  9. Add the sugar and salt to taste.

  10. Add the cashew paste and mix well . 

  11. Add the whipping cream and the dried and powdered fenugreek leaves .

  12. Turn off flame and transfer to serving bowl

  13. Add the dumplings to the gravy just before serving .

  14. Garnish with chopped coriander leaves and whipped cream .

  15. Enjoy it with bread or rice !

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  • Reply
    January 10, 2019 at 9:41 pm

    Looks delicious Nisha 😉

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    January 11, 2019 at 8:55 am

    Absolutely NOMNOM…looks great and super rich…loved it Nisha !

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      January 11, 2019 at 11:54 am

      Thank you Jyo , yes indeed very rich and yum !

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    January 11, 2019 at 4:23 pm

    That looks and sounds amazing!!!!!

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      January 11, 2019 at 4:28 pm

      Thank you so much Diane , it turned out really good.

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    Caz / InvisiblyMe
    January 11, 2019 at 5:22 pm

    These look & sound soooo tempting! I must admit (ashamedly) that I’ve never tried dumplings. Ever. So they’re basically potato-based, then with spices and other flavourings? I really should try them as I feel like I’m missing out! 🙂

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      January 12, 2019 at 12:49 am

      They are delicious Caz, the fried cheese and potato balls in the rich gravy can never go wrong in my humble opinion, although they are a little high on the calories . I’m sure you will definitely love it ! Thank you so much .

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    January 12, 2019 at 5:40 am

    Wow.. This is awesome!👏👏

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    January 12, 2019 at 3:18 pm

    Awesome! Malai kofta looks super delicious, and I always admire your photography.

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      January 14, 2019 at 1:15 am

      Thank you so much dear appreciate it !

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    January 13, 2019 at 11:51 am

    Absolutely Delicious ! In Love with the presentation Nisha 😍

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      January 14, 2019 at 1:16 am

      Thank you so much Smitha , so glad you love it , much appreciated!

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    Victoria Ray NB
    January 16, 2019 at 2:32 pm

    I actually did it once! I liked it a lot 💙💙✌️😄

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      January 16, 2019 at 2:37 pm

      That’s absolutely wonderful… it is usually a hit with most folks .Thank you so much for stopping by !

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        Victoria Ray NB
        January 16, 2019 at 11:33 pm

        Yes but I remember it takes time…I mean longer than fish & chips 🙂

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          January 17, 2019 at 12:16 am

          Very true you need a lot of patience to make this ☺️

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    January 21, 2019 at 4:52 pm

    These look wonderful, Nisha! And I absolutely adore your little bowls! 😍😍😍

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      January 21, 2019 at 5:38 pm

      Thank you so much Jennifer! The bowls are my favorites 🙂

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    January 25, 2019 at 2:24 am

    Looks delicious! Beautiful pictures!😍😋

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