Vegetarian Malai Kofta Recipe

Last weekend, we were invited to our friend, Megha’s house to learn some home cooked Indian dishes – Malai Kofta and Chicken Tikka. Malai Kofta is a vegetarian dish of fried balls of fresh cheese served in a cream gravy sauce.  I’m not usually one for vegetarian dishes, but I can’t wait to make this again.  It was hearty and filling – perfect for this fall weather!  Here’s how to make it yourself at home, in pictures!

For the kofta, you’ll need: 1 quart milk, 1.5 tbsp white vinegar, 2 medium potatoes (boiled & mashed), 2 tsp flour, 1/4 tsp cardamom powder, salt, olive oil, oil for frying

For the malai, you’ll need: 4-5 medium tomatoes, 1/4 cup cashews, 2 tbsp melon seeds, 1 tsp poppy seeds, 1 tsp chopped ginger, 2 green cardamom pods, 1 tsp red chilli powder, 1/4 cup yogurt, 1/4 tsp garam masala powder, salt to taste, 2 tbsp fresh cream

First, make the cheese:




While that squeezes out, let’s start the gravy:




Now while that cooks up and all of the flavors get yummy together, let’s go back to the kofta (the fresh cheese balls):





For the last step, add the kofta to the gravy 10 minutes before serving.


And serve!!


We had so much fun in the kitchen cooking this up.  Hope you’ll enjoy it too!


13 thoughts on “Vegetarian Malai Kofta Recipe

  1. It looks devine. It’s lovely to cook with friends isn’t it? Although, I am dangerous in the kitchen when I am distracted with banter!! :-)

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