Malai kofta – Featuring crispy paneer balls in a rich and creamy sauce, this curry is spot-on with your favorite flatbread or rice. Comforting dinner just got a whole lot better!
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Coming to today’s recipe, malai kofta is a tomato based curry made more exciting with the addition of koftas. Kofta is basically Indian style meatballs minus meat. Traditionally, they’re loaded with paneer and veggies making them vegetarian’s delight. The word “malai” means creamy, and it refers to the creamy tomato based sauce that makes the base of this curry.
Alright, let’s make malai kofta.
First, paneer koftas. It’s a delicious combo of crumbled paneer and potatoes spiced with a little garam masala. These vegetarian meatballs or koftas are rolled in a very thin coating of cornflour and are deep fried until golden. While frying, the outer layer of koftas turn super crisp. Each bite is perfectly crispy on the outside and soft on the inside.
Once the paneer koftas are fried, we’ll move on to making the onion paste for this malai kofta curry. The smooth and rich sauce of the curry obviously comes from this onion paste. To make this aromatic paste, we’ll fry up a few dry spices along with onions and tomatoes. Grind it to make a smooth paste. We’ll be adding this paste to the curry at a later stage of the cooking process. I totally love the silky smooth texture of the sauce, and that’s the key to making the perfect sauce to dunk the paneer koftas.
Next up, the final step – make malai kofta curry. We’ll start by sautéing a few spices and then add in onion paste along with few ground spices. You see, we’re adding up layers of flavors that’s going to make this curry totally irresistible. I also added dried fenugreek leaves or kasuri methi as it delivers a distinct aroma and flavor to this curry.
And finally, a dash of cream. As the name suggests, this curry must be creamy and rich which again makes it so perfect for any special occasion.
All that you need to do now is top the koftas with generous amounts of this creamy sauce and serve it warm. A final sprinkle of coriander (cilantro) leaves, and done.
This malai kofta sounds too complicated, but certainly worth the effort. Totally love this curry!
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