Friday, June 25, 2010

Shahi Malai Kofta (Cottage Cheese Balls in a Creamy Gravy)

I made this long ago, wonder how I missed to post it. I found this in a recipe book by Nita Mehta. I usually make atleast one Paneer recipe a week. Last week, I got hold of Amul Frozen Paneer packets. I know frozen food is not good, but I find it tough to make solid Paneer at home. What I make crumbles very easily, so I use it for Burji and the likes. Amul Frozen Paneer is soft when cooked and you dont have to fry it. So I like using it. I chanced upon this recipe from the book, so I thought I'd make this. Here is how I made it:

For the Kofta
  • Paneer - 200 gms (crumble well)
  • Potato - 2 medium boiled and grated
  • Peas - 1 cup boiled and mashed
  • Turmeric Powder - a pinch
  • Chilly Powder - 1/2 tsp
  • Garam Masala - 1 tsp
  • Corriander Leaves - 4 tbsp
  • Salt - to taste
  • All purpose flour (Maida) - 2 tbsp
  • Oil - for frying
  • Maida/Cornflour - for rolling the Kofta
For the Gravy
  • Cashew - 100 gms soaked in warm water
  • Yogurt (Curd) - 4 tbsp
  • Onions - 3 large or 4 medium (ground to a paste)
  • Kasoori Methi - 2 tsp
  • Green Cardamom - 3 (powdered)
  • Red Chilly Powder - 1 tsp
  • Turmeric Powder - 1/4 tsp
  • Garam Masala - 1 tsp
  • Jeera Seeds - 1 tsp
  • Paneer pieces - 2 tbsp
  • Salt to taste
  • Milk - 1 cup
  • Cream - 100 gms
  • Oil - 2 tbsp

For the Kofta
  • Mix all the ingredients together.
  • Roll into round balls.
  • Roll these balls in flour.
  • Fry them in oil and set aside.
For the Gravy
  • Powder cardamom. Grind the onions to a fine paste.
  • Grind the cashews along with curd (yogurt) and set aside.
  • Heat oil in a pan. Add the cumin seeds and fry.
  • Add the ground onions and powdered cardamom.
  • Cook till the raw smell disappears and the onion paste is fully cooked.
  • Add the kasoori methi, red chilly powder, turmeric powder, salt and garam masala and cook well.
  • Add the paneer pieces.
  • Add the cashew and yogurt paste and cook well
  • Take off flame and cool.
  • When it is fully cooled, add 1 cup milk and place on low flame.
  • When the gravy is warm enough, add the cream and cook on low flame till the first bubble is about to appear.
  • Turn off before the first bubble appears.
  • Place the Kofta's in the gravy and keep covered.


  1. Paneer Recipes of this site is amazing. I like all Paneer recipes. They all are delicious.


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