Sunday, 16 December 2012

Kitchen adventure - Malai kofta

It's been all about food & family last couple of weeks, while we revisited some old recipes, also tried hand at few new and pleasently they all turned out nice and easy to cook.

This one is from Sanjeev Kapoor's cook book and like i said earlier super simple and extremely yummy :)


For kofta
  • Paneer - I used Nilgiris Malai paneer - super soft 
  • Green cardamom powder - 10 -12 pods, remove skin and grind it into a powder
  • Refined flour - 1 spoon with malai panner , 2 if you are using normal paneer (essentially sufficient enough to bind the paneer into balls for frying)
  • Oil for frying
  • Salt to taste 
For curry
  • Tomatoes - 3 medium  (chopped roughly) 
  • Cashewnuts - 10, mixed in some almonds as well
  • Melon Seeds- didnt have, so could not add
  • Poppy seed - 1 tablespoon (best if soaked in slightly warm water for couple of hours)
  • Ginger - 2 inches 
  • Green cardamoms - 2-3 
  • Red chilli powder - slightly more than what you use normally, otherwise the dish would become too sweet 
  • Oil - One teaspoon (you can skip also)
  • Yougurt - 3-4 table spoon 
  • Salt to taste 
For serving
  • Fresh cream - 2 table spoon 
  • Garam masala powder - 1/4 spoon 

Step 1 : 

Heat a pressure cooker, add all Ingredients   for curry , add a cup of water. Close the lid and leave it on medium heat for 3-4 whistles.

Step 2 :

Grate paneer, mix cardamom powder, salt & required refined flour and shape in small balls (200gm of malai paneer pack gives can be made into 8-10 koftas)

Step 3 : 

Heat oil, fry these paneer koftas  till golden, leave it aside to drain on kitchen towel.

Step 4 : 

Once the pressure cooker  steam goes off, open the cooker, let it cool for few minutes and use a hand blender to mix the cooked 'curry' well to reach the right creamy consistency, add water if required. 

Step 5

Arrange koftas in the serving ball, pour the curry on top, garnish with fresh cream and garam masala powder.

Serve hot with chappati or partha 

(P.S. mix the kofas and curry just minutes before serving , else koftas will get too soggy) 

Photo from Sanjeev kapoor site 

P.P.S , was so busy trying this and playing with my nephew , forgot to click photographs :D, but trust me it looks as good as the picture above ! 

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