This is a low fat recipe for one of the most favorite foods from Indian cuisine. We are using lot less cream, butter, oil to make this recipe of malai kofta. Hence this is a healthy malai kofta recipe that you can enjoy on weekends or special occasion and festivals.

Malai Kofta is a rich, delicious and comforting food from north India. Malai kofta is made of two words Malai and kofta. Malai means the cream of milk and Kofta means a food ball. Kofta (plural koftas) is any of various spicy meatball or meatloaf dishes of the Middle East, Caucasus, South Asia, and the Balkans as per wiki. In the case of vegetarian foods it means a vegetarian fried ball.

Mostly Malai kofta is consumed at restaurants mostly and not cooked at home. The reason behind this perception that it’s very tough to make Malai kofta at home. Our attempt is to make this recipe simple and easy so that you can cook it any day at home in a very short amount of time. 

Their many type of koftas like lauki (bottle guard)kofta, paneer kofta, mixed vegetable kofta etc. In this recipe we’re going to use potato and Paneer to make these koftas. You can make koftas in many shape, I am just going to go with traditional ball shape. 

About Malai Kofta

Malai Kofta is part of the gourmet Indian food, which is normally served mostly in restaurants with butter Naan or Basmati rice. Yes, it can be served with plain simple rice but cumin rice, ghee rice and cilantro rice are preferred. You can also pair this food with dal like dal makhani

What is Malai kofta

Malai kofta is is a vegetarian dish in which vegetarian meat balls made with Paneer and potato are served in thick Curry. The curry is made out of mixture of onions, tomatoes, cashews and other dry fruits that are cooked together and mashed.

A Vegan, Gluten Free and Weight Loss Version

For a vegan version I will replace the milk with cashew milk. Also please replace paneer with tofu.

This is gluten free as we are not using anything that has gluten.

For weight loss version of malai kofta, I will bake the koftas instead of frying them. I will remove cashews from the gravy.

Nutrition Facts
Low Fat Malai Kofta
Amount Per Serving
Calories 246 Calories from Fat 153
% Daily Value*
Fat 17g26%
Saturated Fat 6g38%
Trans Fat 0.03g
Polyunsaturated Fat 3g
Monounsaturated Fat 5g
Cholesterol 21mg7%
Sodium 642mg28%
Potassium 375mg11%
Carbohydrates 18g6%
Fiber 3g13%
Sugar 3g3%
Protein 7g14%
Vitamin A 109IU2%
Vitamin C 15mg18%
Calcium 197mg20%
Iron 2mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Tips for the best Malai Kofta

  • You can cook the gravy in advance or bulk and use it both for this recipe and Malai Paneer Recipe
  • Frying tip: Before putting koftas in oil, testing the temperature of oil by add a small piece. If it comes to the top without breaking the temperature is right. If it comes immediately up and smokes, the temperature is too high.
  • You can skip adding raisin to the ball, if you don’t like sweet flavors in your curry
  • You can replace whipping cream with milk
  • You can replace paneer with tofu if you are a vegan

Ingredients

Malai Kofta Gravy Ingredients

Gravy (Curry) Ingredients

  • 1 CUP chopped onion
  • 1 CUP chopped tomato
  • 15-20 cashews
  • 1 TSP salt
  • 1 1/2 TBSP poppy seeds
  • 1 TSP crushed ginger
  • 1/2 TSP cardamom seeds
  • 1 CUP water
Malai Kofta Gravy Tempering Ingredients

Tempering Ingredients

  • Gravy
  • 1 TBSP Whipping Cream
  • 1 TSP Sugar
  • 4 Cardamom
  • 2 Cloves
  • 1 Thin Cinnamon Stick
  • 1 Bayleaf
  • 1 TSP Turmeric
  • 1 TSP Cumin Powder
  • 1 TSP Garam Masala
  • 1 TBSP Kasoori Methi
Malai Kofta - Kofta Ingredients

Kofta Ingredients

  • 2 CUPS Parboiled Potatoes
  • 1 CUP Paneer (Indian Cottage Cheese)
  • 1 TSP Garam Masala
  • 1/2 TSP Red Chilly Powder
  • 1 TSP Raisins
  • 1 TSP Salt
  • 1 TSP Ginger
  • 1 TBSP Corn Flour
  • Oil for frying

Instructions – How to make Malai Kofta

How to cook the gravy (curry)

  • Add all the gravy ingredients to a pan
  • Add 1 cup water
  • Boil them until mushy. Boiling these ingredients nicely will help take away the raw flavors of onions and tomatoes.
  • Once boiled, let it cool a little bit
  • Puree them with hand blender or a standard blender

Tadka – Tempering the Curry

  • Add Oil to a pan
  • Add bay leaf, cardamom, cloves, black cardamom and cinnamon stick
  • As it starts to sizzle, add cumin powder, turmeric, red chilly powder and garam masala
  • Add gravy
  • Mix it well and cook
  • Once you see glossy layer on the top, add 1 cup of water
  • Bring it to boil
  • Add whipping cream
  • Bring it to boil again
  • Add Kasoori methi while rubbing it in your palms for the flavor to come out well
  • Gravy is ready

Prepare Kofta (Fried Balls)

  • Mix all (Except raisins) kofta balls ingredients in a bowl
  • Take 1 TBSP size mixture in your palm
  • Add raisin to the middle of the mixture
  • Roll it to a shape of ball or your desire
  • Prepare all the balls
  • Heat the oil on medium heat
  • Add kofta balls
  • Deep fry until golden

Assemble and Serve

  • Add the gravy to a serving bowl
  • Add kofta balls into the gravy (just before serving)
  • Garnish with your choice of dry fruits
  • Serve with Rice, Naan or Chapati
Malai Kofta

Low Fat Malai Kofta

Malai Kofta is part of the gourmet Indian food, which is normally served mostly in restaurants with butter Naan or Basmati rice. Yes, it can be served with plain simple rice but cumin rice, ghee rice and cilantro rice are preferred. You can also pair this food with dal like dal makhani
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Prep Time 30 mins
Cook Time 1 hr
Course Dinner
Cuisine Indian
Servings 8
Calories 246 kcal

Ingredients
  

Gravy (Curry) Ingredients

  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • 1 cup chopped tomato
  • 15 cashews
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1.5 tbsp poppy seeds
  • 1 tsp crushed ginger
  • .5 tsp cardamom seeds
  • 1 cup water

Tadka – Tempering Ingredients

  • Gravy
  • 1 tbsp Whipping Cream
  • 1 tsp Sugar
  • 4 Cardamom
  • 2 Cloves
  • 1 Thin Cinnamon Stick
  • 1 Bayleaf
  • 1 tsp Turmeric
  • 1 tsp Cumin Powder
  • 1 tsp Garam Masala
  • 1 tbsp Kasoori Methi

Kofta Ingredients

  • 2 cup Parboiled Potatoes
  • 1 cup Paneer Indian Cottage Cheese
  • 1 tsp Garam Masala
  • .5 tsp Red Chilly Powder
  • 1 tsp Raisins
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 1 tsp Crushed Ginger
  • 1 tbsp Corn Flour
  • 4 tbsp Oil for frying

Instructions
 

Cook the gravy (curry)

  • Add all the gravy ingredients to a pan
    Malai Kofta
  • Add 1 cup water
  • Boil them until mushy
  • Boiling these ingredients nicely will help take away the raw flavors of onions and tomatoes.
    Malai Kofta
  • Once boiled, let it cool a little bit
    Malai Kofta
  • Puree them with hand blender or a standard blender

Tadka – Tempering Curry

  • Add Oil to a pan
  • Add bay leaf, cardamom, cloves, black cardamom and cinnamon stick
    Malai Kofta
  • As it starts to sizzle, add cumin powder, turmeric, red chilly powder and garam masala
  • Add gravy and Mix it well
    Malai Kofta
  • Keep on cooking. Once you see glossy layer on the top, add 1 cup of water
    Malai Kofta
  • Bring it to boil
  • Add whipping cream and bring it to boil again
    Malai Kofta
  • Add Kasoori methi while rubbing it in your palms for the flavor to come out well
    Malai Kofta
  • Gravy is ready

Prepare Kofta (Fried Balls)

  • Add all kofta ingredients (except raisins) in a bowl
    Malai Kofta
  • Knead it well without adding any water
    Malai Kofta
  • Take 1 TBSP size mixture in your palm
    Malai Kofta
  • Add raisin to the middle of the mixture
  • Roll it to a shape of ball or your desire
    Malai Kofta
  • Prepare all the balls
  • Heat oil on medium heat
  • Add kofta balls
  • Deep fry until golden

Assemble and Serve

  • Add the gravy to a serving bowl
    Malai Kofta
  • Add kofta balls into the gravy (just before serving)
    Malai Kofta
  • Garnish with your choice of dry fruits and cream
    Malai Kofta
  • Serve with Rice, Naan or Chapati
    Malai Kofta

Nutrition

Calories: 246kcalCarbohydrates: 18gProtein: 7gFat: 17gSaturated Fat: 6gPolyunsaturated Fat: 3gMonounsaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 0.03gCholesterol: 21mgSodium: 642mgPotassium: 375mgFiber: 3gSugar: 3gVitamin A: 109IUVitamin C: 15mgCalcium: 197mgIron: 2mg
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