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Malai koftha

Malai koftha is a rich and creamy North Indian gravy. It is a Mughlai dish with loads of dry fruits..Malai means cream and koftha means cottage cheese dumplings . Koftha’s can be prepared both, veg or non veg.It goes well with roti,paratha or any rice dishes.I love Mughlai dishes.So for those who love the Mughlai food , this is one of the best dish .
Ingredients for koftha:
Paneer(cottage cheese)-200 gms
Potatoes-3 (boiled and grated)
Carrot-1( boiled and grated)
Garam masala powder-1/2 tsp
Chilly powder-1/2 tsp
Cashew -10(powdered)
Cumin seeds powder-1/4 tsp
Coriander seeds powder-1/4 tsp
Salt –to taste
For the  filling:
Cashews –few (10)
Oil –to deep fry
Cornflour-to dust
Method for the koftha:
  1. Mix all the ingredients of the  koftha and shape it into oblong shape and stuff a raisin or cashew.
  2. Heat oil,coat the kofthas with cornflour and deep fry very delicately till brown on both the sides.
  3. Keep it aside.
Ingredients for the gravy:
Onions – 4(boiled and pasted)
Tomato puree- 1/2 cup(small fruity size)
Chilly powder- 1/2 tsp
Coriander powder- 1/4 tsp
Cumin seeds powder- 1/4 tsp
Turmeric powder- 1/4 tsp
Cashew paste-1/2 cup
Fresh cream-1/2 cup
Grated cheese-1/4 cup for garnish
Ghee-2 tbsp
Method for the gravy:
  1. Take ghee in a pan and fry the boiled onion paste until the raw smell goes and the color changes.
  2. Add tomato puree and fry for few minutes.
  3. Add all the powders one by one and fry for few minutes.
  4. Lastly add cashew paste,water or vegetable stock and adjust the gravy and take a boil.
  5. Add salt to taste and finish it with fresh cream and take a small boil.
  6. You may also add kasuri methi.(optional around 1 tsp. 


  • Arrange the kofthas in the serving bowl,pour the gravy over it or vice versa and garnish with grated cheese.
  • Relish it with Pudina paratha or   bread biryani .

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About SaiGeetha Pai

I am Saigeetha, a homemaker, food blogger, baker and a cook. Cooking is my passion.

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