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malai kofta recipe
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Malai Kofta recipe

It is one of the most ordered curries in the Indian sub-continent. Read the recipe for malai kofta to see how easy is this to make it home.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time50 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Indian
Keyword: aloo kofta, creamy, kofta, malai, malai kofta ingredients, veg kofta curry, vegetarian kofta balls, veggie meatballs in a creamy gravy
Servings: 4


For Kofta dough

  • 2 large boiled potatoes 500 grm
  • 3 tablespoon cornflour/arrowroot powder/tapioca starch
  • 1 tablespoon chilli powder/lal mirch
  • ½ teaspoon salt

For kofta stuffing

  • ¼ cup dry fruits raisins,cashews/peeled almonds,finely shopped
  • ¼ cup desiccated coconut
  • 1 pinch Salt as per taste
  • Oil for frying

For gravy:

  • 1 cup onion chopped
  • 1 tablespoon ginger garlic,chillies
  • 1-½ cup tomatoes chopped
  • 4-5 cashews
  • 3 tablespoon oil for curry Adjust if reqd
  • ½ teaspoon turmeric/haldi
  • 1 tablespoon coriander powder/dhania powder
  • 2 teaspoon red chilli powder/lal mirch or as per taste
  • 1 tablespoon dried fenugreek leaves/kasuri methi optional
  • Salt as per taste
  • 2-3 tablespoon cream use coconut cream if vegan


For Koftas:(Traditional fry method)

  • Mash boiled potatoes,Add the spices,salt and cornflour.Mix well.
  • Roll it into equal sized small balls and add small stuffing of dry fruits in the middle.
  • Heat oil in a wok/kadai.Add the kofta balls one by one.
  • Add the kofta balls one by one.Fry them until golden brown,keep it aside

For air-frying/baking

  • Arrange the balls in an air fryer tray
  • In a pre-heated air fryer (5 mins) Brush/spray with oil, cook at 190 degree C for 10 minutes.
  • Brush/spray with oil again, cook at 190 degree C for further 10 minutes or until golden brown.
  • Allow the kofta to cool a bit and toss them into the curry for few minutes before serving.

For the curry:

  • Heat oil in a pan. Add onions & ginger to it.
  • Cover and cook for 2 minutes until soft.
  • Add chopped tomatoes, cashews and salt. Cook till tomatoes soften, mixing with a spatula.
  • Blend the gravy with 1 cup water. Pass it through sieve.
  • Cook the gravy in a pan, along with spices and cream.
  • Add the koftas. Garnish with coriander.
  • Serve malai kofta with rice or roti or any flat bread.


This is a vegan kofta recipe except the addition of cream in the curry. This can be avoided and can be replaced with coconut cream.