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Malai Kofta

Creamy Malai Kofta 
Indian food is delectable. Here is a stunning vegetarian recipe with potatoes and cottage cheese. This dish is rich, flavourful, and divine.
Prep Time 30 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 40 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine Indian
Servings 4


  • Blender


  • 1 Medium Potato boiled & grated
  • 2/3 cup cottage cheese grated
  • 3 tbsp Khoya a dairy product made of dried whole milk, available in Indian grocery stores.
  • Pinch Baking Soda
  • 1 tbsp Corn Flour 
  • 1/2 tsp red chili powder
  • Salt to taste
  • Oil for deep frying

For Kofta Filling

  • 1/4 cup cashew and raisins chopped chopped
  • 1/2 tbsp fresh coriander chopped 
  • 1/2 tsp cardamom powder
  • Salt to taste

For the Gravy

  • 4 tbsp clarified butter
  • 2 medium onions sliced
  • 4-5 garlic cloves grounded
  • 1/2 tbsp ginger grounded
  • 2 medium tomatoes chopped
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric powder
  • 1 tsp coriander powder
  • 1 tbsp red chilli powder
  • 1 tsp dried fenugreek powder
  • 3 tbsp fresh cream
  • 6-8 black peppercorns
  • 3-4 cardamom pods
  • 1/2 tbsp cumin seeds
  • 1/2 cup cashew nuts
  • 1 tbsp clarified butter
  • 1 tsp red chilli powder


For the Kofta

  • Grate potatoes, khoya, and the cottage cheese in a bowl. Add the remaining ingredients.
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  • Mix well. Bind well with the cornflour.
  • In another bowl, add dry fruits, cardamom powder, and some kofta mixture to blend everything well. Mix well and keep aside.
  • To make the kofta, take enough kofta mixture (size of a small lemon), slightly flatten it with your palm.
  • Add some filling and make small balls using your palm. Once done, keep them in the refrigerator for 15 minutes.
  • Deep fry the koftas on low flame till golden brown in color. Drain and keep aside.

For the Gravy

  • In a heavy-bottomed saucepan, heat the clarified butter.
  • Add cumin seeds, black peppercorns, cardamom pods. Let the cumin seeds splutter for  10 seconds.
  • Add the sliced onion and cook till translucent.
  • Add coriander powder, red chili powder, turmeric powder, and ginger garlic, cook on medium heat for 2 minutes.
  • Add the tomatoes and cook till soft, for 4-5 minutes.
  • Add cashew nuts and mix well.
  • In a blender, grind this mixture into a fine paste. Pass it through a sieve to get a silky smooth texture.
  • Heat clarified butter in a heavy bottom pan.
  • Add the red chili powder, dried fenugreek powder, and tomato puree, mix well. Cook this for 2 minutes.
  • Add fresh cream, check the seasoning, and add the koftas to the gravy before serving.
  • Serve hot with any Indian bread.



Malai kofta is one of the best vegetarian Indian dishes you could cook at home. The creaminess and the rich flavors of this dish will make you fall in love with this recipe!
Keyword Potatoes, indian, Maliakofta