Doesn't the name make you drool? When I have my off days from my so called "diet" or when the cravings gets too much out of control or when guests pop in, then I consider those moments the perfect ones to make this Malai (cream) Kofta (fried balls of vegetables/meat).

It does involve a considerable effort to make but the result is worth every millisecond put in and some.There are many versions of Malai Kofta which are made with meat but mine obviously is going to be vegetarian version where I have replaced the meat with Paneer (Indian Cottage Cheese)along with vegetables.

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  • Serves: 4 people
  • For the Koftas
  • 1/2 cup Paneer Grated
  • About 1-1/2 cups of mixed boiled vegetables(peas,cauliflower,beans,carrots,potatoes)
  • 2 tbsp bread crumbs
  • 1 tbsp milk powder
  • 1 tsp chilli powder ( or as per taste)
  • pinch of turmeric
  • salt to taste and few sprigs of cilantro to garnish
  • For the gravy
  • 2-3 tbsp coconut,grated
  • 2-3 red chillies(as per taste)
  • 2 tsp corainder seeds
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 tbsp chiroli nuts (sara paruppu - available in Indian stores)
  • 2 tsp Khus khus
  • 3-4 cashews
  • few sprigs of cilantro
  • 1 tsp ginger-garlic paste
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 3-4 cups of Tomatoes,chopped.
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/4 cup cream
  • 1 tsp fennel seeds
  • 1 tsp garam masala
  • 1/2 tsp Kasuri Methi ( dried fenugreek leaves)
  • 2 tsp sugar

For the Gravy

In a pan in little ghee, saute onions, ginger-garlic paste along with tomatoes and salt until soft. Set aside to cool.

2. Now grind the first 8 ingredients together.
3. In the same pan, in a tsp of ghee, saute this ground mixture until the raw smell leaves.
4. Process the cooled tomato-onion mixture until smooth.
5. Add this mixture to the ground paste and let it simmer for 10 min.Add the milk, sugar and cream and simmer some more for another 10min.

For the Koftas

Add all the ingredients together, and mash it well.

7. Make small balls out of it.

Deep fry these balls and set aside.


Just about 20 min before serving, drop the Koftas inside the gravy, add kasuri methi and let it absorb the gravy. Garnish with cilantro and serve hot with cream (optional).Ta-Da – Done! Now you have a scrumptious Malai kofta all ready for feasting!

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By Soumya on Jun 6, 2011

Thank U for the wonderful receipe.... it was really delicious!!!


By jimvj on Mar 20, 2013

Just curious, what happens to the fennel seeds & the garam masala? Thanks.

By Anuradha on Aug 22, 2012

Hi, Can the koftas be made with only Paneer? Or will they fall apart if it's only Paneer?

I think Paneer would need some kind of a binder. Not much just a little - say with potatoes and little flour. For two cups of paneer, I think 1/4 cup of potatoes and 1-2 tbsp of flour should work. That would still end up with predominantly paneer tasting koftas. Hopefully I can make something like this and post it here...that way my answer would be more concise. But hope this helps--DK

By Neha on Feb 24, 2012

Malai Kofta and Garlic Naan, an excellent sunday morning meal... :-)

By Patrick Belardo on Dec 9, 2011

Just discovered this site... how awesome! I'll be pinning a lot of these recipes to my Pinterest boards!!! I love the "I made this" feature.

By sunita on Jul 20, 2011

hi dk :lol: made this recipe yesterday changes i made is i made koftas with minced meat and it turned out simply delicious and the gravy was ummmmmmmmmmm yummmyyy :roll: thanks for the recipe.

By harmeet on Jun 7, 2011

I tried this recipe.. thank u, thank u soooo much. my husband just loved it!! :-D

By MsMoo on Mar 21, 2010

This sauce was amazing. One of the first times I have felt my recipe was actually better than an Indian restaurant meal. I did however use a slightly different kofta recipe, using mashed potato, with herbs spices to which I added to the centre a mixture of nuts, garlic ginger, raisins. I will be definitely making this recipe for many years to come!

By Srividya on Jan 2, 2010

:-D Hello, I was browsing through some recipes and I happened to come across yours. Its simply superb and very very tempting. Your pics are just great enough to secrete saliva. I do believe now that the appearance too makes a great impact to the taste of it. Keep it up.

Thank you so much Srividya :) --DK

By A. I. on Jan 18, 2009

Love the way you use gets the feel of how the dish should look every step of the way.

Very inspiring. Way to go!

By Gita's Kitchen on Nov 21, 2008

I tasted malai kofta once in a restaurant in Hyderabad and loved it. Thanks for sharing this recipe :)

By Gita's Kitchen on Nov 21, 2008

I tasted malai kofta once in a restaurant in Hyderabad and loved it. Thanks for sharing this recipe :)

By Uma on Nov 21, 2008

not fair to tempt us like this! Another mouth-watering delicacy from your kitchen.

By Curry Leaf on Nov 21, 2008

Awesome,I am sure u r fattening us ,so that instead of racing we are slowly chugging along.
Perfect and bookmarked.GOD,I love this,but sure all the diet will fly away once I make this.. Long list of ingredients,but the effort is worth it.

By Madhu on Nov 21, 2008

Koftas looks great, I would just eat them up :). Never tried at home ..

By Divya Vikram on Nov 21, 2008

I know this takes a lot of effort but worth it. Looks rich and creamy.

By Divya Kudua on Nov 21, 2008 are making us drooooooliciously drool..;-)lolz...I simply love malai kofta and feel the name itself is tempting enough..;-)...I always thought it was veg..there are non-veg variations too..??never heard of it!!

By Daily Meals on Nov 21, 2008

This is one of favourite gravies...Looks delicious...

By FoodyGuru (Srimathi) on Nov 21, 2008

I always want to make malai kofta but never got down to it. It is really Droolicious

By Medhaa on Nov 21, 2008

looks yumm, i usually make this when i have guests

By Uj on Nov 21, 2008

Malai kofta looks really good.. very tempting pic

By Siri on Nov 21, 2008

u r unforgivable. Thanks to ur yummy koftas, I am hungry now n u know what's the time here : 6:26am :(. Pass me the bowl or else I will never talk to u. Hehehe.

Missed u n rm sooooo much,

By Happy cook on Nov 21, 2008

Wow totally agree about epitomie of droooliness.
Bookmarking them, i tried to make veg kofta once and the moment i deep fried them, i saw them diapearing into tiny pieces into the oil, you can imagine my depair seeing it.
Will sure try this one.

By Kitchen Flavours on Nov 21, 2008

Wow pictorial view is awesome. List is long but the result looks mouth watering. Let me give a try...

By Priya on Nov 21, 2008

Tempting treats with paneer, love to grab some koftas from the pic..looks delicious, yummy..