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Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Restaurant Style Malai Kofta Curry



There is a long circulating myth that vegetarian dishes can not be lavish as much as non veg ones. However, when I retrospect with all the paneer dishes that I had, the best possible preparation that comes in my mind is not the conventional type paneer curry ( palak, mutter etc.) but malai kofta which is an unusual preparation which requires your patience and preservation. 




This dish is one of the most popular, rich and delicious ordered Mughlai preparation in restaurants. A lavish dish which is served in restaurants or in homes where delicacy is the key word while serving it to the friends and families. Hope you enjoy my preparation like my friends did on pot luck party.


Ingredients:
200 gms Paneer (cottage cheese)
2 Bread slices
2 Potatoes, boiled
6 tsp All purpose flour
1/2 tsp Garam masala
1/2 tsp Salt


*For Filling:
Collect the cream (malai) of the milk in a bowl for the last 3-4 days.
Fistful of cashews and raisins
2 tsp chopped Coriander leaves
Mix the filling ingredients and keep in the refrigerator for 2-3 hours.


For Gravy:
3 Onion
3 Tomatoes
2 tbsp Curd
1 " Ginger
3-4 Green chillies
2 tsp Poppy seeds (soaked in warm water for 1/2 hour)
5-6 Cashews
1 tsp Red chilly powder
1 tsp Coriander powder
1 tsp Garam masala
4 tbsp fresh Cream
1 tsp Salt


Method:
Grate the boiled potatoes and mash well with paneer. Moisten the dry bread and squeeze the extra water out and add salt, flour, garam masala into the paneer bowl. Mix well and make round balls. 


Flatten each ball and fill the center of the ball with the cream filling*. Make sure that you seal the edges and deep fry the koftas on medium heat till golden in colour. Place them on paper towel to soak excess oil. Keep aside.




To make the gravy you need to first boil the onions in a bowl of water for 12 minutes, drain out the water and then puree in a mixer. Keep aside. Do the same with the tomatoes also and boil till the skin looks loose and will come off easilyLet them cool a bit then put it in the blender or food processor to puree them. Keep aside. Heat oil in a pan and fry onion puree till light brown. In between make a paste of ginger, green chillies,.cashews and poppy seeds with 1 or 2 tsp water. Add this paste to the pan and fry till it leaves oil. Sprinkle red chilly powder, salt, coriander powder and keep stirring. Add tomato puree and fry till the oil leaves from the side of the pan. Add curd at this point and stirring continuously, pour 2 1/2 cups of water, cover and cook for 7-8 minutes on low flame. Season with garam masala, coriander leaves and cream. Add koftas just before serving otherwise koftas will soak all the gravy. Serve with Nan / Peas Pulao or with chapati.

Look at the fresh cream in the center ;-)




53 comments:

  1. ohhhh myyyy GODDDDDDDDDD!!!
    loved d last pic..the fresh malai peeping out of koftas makes me droool over...looks too good n delicious..I wish I could taste this dear...

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  2. Prathy: I had made these for our potluck last month

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  3. wow drooling over these yummy koftas, beautifully clicked and i love the texture

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  4. Lovely clicks!!!!!
    Awesome recipeeee....
    Mouth watering here...

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  5. i tried this same way....looks yummy and perfect with roti..

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  6. I remember my aunt making these and I never attempted with that malai in the centre. They look really out from the chef hands of a nice restaurant....very well done!! :)

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  7. Mouthwatering recipe...malai kofta curry looks absolutely delicious....inviting clicks!!

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  8. Oooohh my!I am drooling..great preparation and inviting clicks.

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  9. They look so tempting...simply love it :)

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  10. so tempting recipe......yummy ....bookmarked

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  11. wow. nice koftas. love the last pic.

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  12. It looks perfect and wonderful, a nice one with malai in the centre, luv it

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  13. aayio yummy yummy yummy. i m right now making baby potatoes with a bit of twist. hope to put that recipe soon but this malai kofta awesome. err i m reminded of a name nargisi kofta i think they r also made same way.

    have u recipe for that. i had that recipe but didnt try as i felt it was err too tedious job and like u said this requires patience.

    one of my friend had shown me nargisi kofta dish but i have to search for that now..

    awesome clicks deepa

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  14. Super ...creamy and yummy malai kofta..loved ur version deepa.

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  15. yum. mouth watering creamy koftas

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  16. wow dear perfect looking koftas.the gravy looks superb

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  17. Looks delicious and perfect, it really keeps the name restaurant style.

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  18. omg..no words to say..very tempting...perfectt for rotti

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  19. I love malai koft and malai in the center looks superb.

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  20. looks super yummy,love the creamy center idea, i would love to gobble these koftas any day :)

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  21. Mmmm...Deepa, these are my all time favorites..Order them whenever I visit a restaurant....awesome recipe..

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  22. So deliciously done n Yumm Malai Kofta Dear.Droolworthy Presentation!.Fabulous!

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  23. i've always wanted to make this dish, thanks for the step wise pics n explanations! Looks very tempting.

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  24. oops wonderful .. hv never eaten such wonderful looking malai koftas..

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  25. Simply mouthwatering. Looks Fab and i totally agree with you reg veg dishes being rich.

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  26. wow...
    looks rich and delicious deeba...
    bookmarked it :)

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  27. Awesome...these remind me of the chanar kofta my mother makes at home :-)

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  28. Deepa thats awesome. sinfully delicious and a perfect party dish.

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  29. wow, great that u made this home..absolutely delicious..

    Join the Just "4" Fun event :)

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  30. You are tempting me so much I am literally drooling over here.

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  31. Definitely looks so rich and delish dear!!! Drooling over...:)

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  32. Looks delicious and rich.Wish I could have this now

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  33. Wow, so tempting & rich! Deepa, this is an awesome idea. Fantastic pics!

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  34. Looks like restaurant style only,rich and creamy...delicious :)

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  35. Gosh! Way too tempting! And perfectly done! With those rotis in the background, makes me feel hungry instantly! :)

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  36. truly looks restaurant style! that cream filling is so interesting.. must have given it a rich taste

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  37. I agree with you that veggie dishes can be pretty awesome too! Wonderful clicks dear!

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  38. Great recipe.Thanks for sharing such a yummy one with us.

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  39. mmm.... you rock girl. They look amazingly delicious. Never tried these at home. But loved this in a restaurant.

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  40. Awesome Clicks...Every click is enticing me to take a bite of that creamy malai kofta..Superbly presented. Note to myself- If ever in Bangalore stop by at Deepa's place...

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  41. very well made curry the consistency is awesome !! bookmarking it !! hope u r feeling better

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  42. You have made me speechless deepy, whoa that's a classic malai kofta recipe. It is extremely rich and mouth watering.

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  43. OMG...that looks so creamy and perfect dear..I have to try this soon...:)

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  44. Perfect & true to the name with all that malai peeking out.....making me hungry...

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  45. Koftas looks just perfect..nice recipe...

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  46. this measurement is for how many koftas / persons

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