Saturday, January 17, 2009

Indian Malai Kofta Recipe




I have been wanting to try this out for long now, but always felt lazy or some essential ingredient would be missing... today I had it all, the mood and the things for cooking. And this time my inspiration was Masala Wok -indo chinese restaurant in houston. Aww, how much I love their Malai Kofta.. Iam probably one of their best and most regular customers and visit them atleast once a month (sometimes more) .. Their kofta gravy is sooo good, i know it must have a lot calories!.. So having that in mind I tried the same - but I was not going to go out and buy Cream ( which is one of the essential ingredients) .. As it is paneer and potato add a lot of calories, so I stuck with 2% milk and non fat yougurt and it came out good!!..




what I used for the Kofta :




1 big potato ( baked and smashed)

1 cup grated paneer

2 green chillies chopped finely

3/4 tbspn chilli powder

1/4 tbspn ginger garlic paste

1/4 tbspn garam masala

pinch of turmeric

1 tbspn cornflour to bind

sal to taste




And what I used for the gravy:



1/2 tbspn ghee

1/2 onion ( texas onions are pretty big!)

3 tomatoes

1/4 tbspn fennel seeds

1 small piece of cinnamon

6 elaichies

2 cloves

1 tbspn cumin seeds

1/2 cup 2% milk

1/2 cup non-fat yougurt

3/4 tbsp chilli powder

1/4 tbson garam masal

salt to taste




So, how I actually made them..


-- > mixed everything for kofta and ,made unequal size balls ..(am not good @ equal size ;-) )

-- > Deep fried them in pan of heated oil

-- > For the gravy , heated the ghee in a pan and added the fennel sees, elaichies,cloves, cinnomon, onion and tomatoes. After cooking for 3 - 4 minutes, took it out to let cool

-- > when curry was cool enough, ground it to make a fine paste.

-- > Next , heated oil in pan and added the cumin seeds and chillie powder followed by the paste,salt.

-- > after cooking for a minute, added the milk and curd

-- > let it cook for 4 minutes and then added the garam masala and mixed well.


mixed kofta in the gravy topped with some cilantro .. yumm! I wish I could attach the aroma..



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