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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 !