Saturday, 4 October 2014

Malai kofta



After navratri fast, it was time for feast, time for celebration!!! And for celebrations and a small family gathering that we had at our home yesterday, I decided to make this creamy, rich, soft, melt-in-mouth Malai Kofta in Tomato and Cashew gravy.

So let's cook Malai Kofta in really simple steps.

Ingredients:

For kofta:

  • 200 gms. cottage cheese
  • 1 medium boiled potato
  • Salt to taste
  • Black pepper to taste
  • 1/2 tsp. cardamom powder
  • Handful of raisins and Cashews for stuffing
  • 1 tbsp. cornflour
For gravy:
  • 3 tomatoes pureed
  • 1/2 cup cashews soaked in water for 2 hours
  • 2 tbsp. oil
  • 1 tsp. cumin powder
  • 1 tsp. cardamom powder
  • Salt to taste
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric powder
  • Black pepper to taste
  • 1 cup full cream milk
  • 1/2 cup fresh cream
  • 1-2 tbsp. cornflour
For garnish:
  • Chopped coriander leaves
  • Grated cottage cheese (optional)
Directions:
For Koftas:
  • Crumble cottage cheese & potato together, add salt, pepper, cardamom powder, and mix all ingredients together well.
  • Divide the mixture into equal portions, take one portion and flatten it with your hand and place few raisins and cashews in the centre .
  • Roll again into a ball.
  • Sprinkle cornflour in a plate, dust all the koftas with cornflour.
  • Heat oil in a deep bottom vessel and fry koftas till light golden colour, do not overcook.
Gravy:
  • Heat oil in a heavy base wok, add chopped tomatoes and cook till oil leaves sides.
  • Make fine paste of cashews in a grinder, add the paste in the wok and keep stirring from time to time.
  • Add cumin powder, salt, black pepper powder, cardamom powder and sauté for few minutes.
  • Simmer the flame, and add milk while stirring continuously.
  • Take 2-3 tbsp milk in a bowl add cornflour and mix till all lumps are dissolved add this to the gravy and cook till the gravy is thick, add raisins and cashews.
  • Whisk cream and add to the gravy, switch off the flame.
  • Put koftas in the gravy just before serving.
  • Garnish with grated cheese and chopped coriander.