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INDIAN RECIPE: Malai Kofta Curry

Malai Kofta is a rich vegetable balls curry made with cheese mixed with mashed vegetables. Malai kofta makes an extra special party favourite.

Preparation time : 30 minutes
Cooking time : 40 minutes
Serves :6.

Ingredients for Malai Kofta Curry:

  • 100 grams green peas
  • 100 grams cauliflower, finely chopped
  • 100 grams french beans, finely chopped
  • 100 grams carrots, finely chopped
  • 250 grams potatoes, boiled andmashed
  • 2 tablespoons bread crumbs
  • 1 bread slice, soaked in water
  • 1 teaspoon garam masala
  • 1 teaspoon chilli powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons lemon juice
  • Salt to taste
  • Oil for deep frying

To be ground into a paste (for the koftas):

  • 9 cloves garlic
  • 25 mm. (1") piece ginger
  • 7 green chillies

For the gravy:

  • 750 grams tomatoes
  • 3 onions
  • 4 cloves
  • 2 small sticks cinnamon
  • 1 tablespoon cornflour
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon garam masala
  • 1 teaspoon chilli powder
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • Salt and pepper to taste

To be ground into a paste.

  • 15 cloves
  • 25 mm. (1") piece ginger
  • 5 green chillies

For baking

  • 1 tablespoon fresh cream
  • 1/2 tablespoon grated cheese

Directions for making Malai Kofta Curry:

For the koftas:

  1. Boil the peas.
  2. Steam the cauliflower, french beans and carrots in a pressure cooker without adding water.
  3. Add the vegetables and peas to the potatoes and make a dough.
  4. Add 1 tablespoon of bread crumbs and the bread slice.
  5. Add the paste, garam masala, chilli powder, lemon juice and salt and form into kofta balls.
  6. Roll the koftas into the remaining bread crumbs and deep fry in oil to a golden brown colour. Keep aside.

For the gravy:

  1. Put the tomatoes in hot water for 10 minutes. Remove and blend into a puree.
  2. Blend the onions in a liquidiser with very little water.
  3. Heat the butter, add the onions and stir fry for 5 minutes till light brown.
  4. Then add the cloves, cinnamon and paste and fry again for 2 minutes.
  5. Add the tomato puree and cook for 2 minutes.
  6. Add 1 teacup of water and boil for 3 to 4 minutes.
  7. Pour the mixture into a blender, add the cornflour and sugar and blend.
  8. Put to cook again and add the garam masala, chilli powder, salt and pepper and cook for 5 minutes.

To serve:

  1. Arrange the koftas in an ovenproof dish. Pour the gravy and fresh cream over the koftas.
  2. Sprinkle the grated cheese on top and bake or grill for 10 to 15 minutes in a hot oven at 200 *C (400*F) until the cheese melts.
  3. Enjoy your Malai Kofta Curry. Hope you love this Indian recipe.


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