I’ve had this vegetarian dish, Malai Kofta, a handful of times across India, and just about every time I’ve enjoyed it. It’s one of those things I never saw (or maybe just didn’t notice) on an Indian restaurant menu in America, but here, it’s everywhere. Delicious and tasty, it’s one of my favorite Indian meals.
Last week I took a cookery course here in Palolem, Goa. While I didn’t end up doing much of the cooking, it was a fun way to get to play around in someone else’s kitchen. And the food, for the most part, turned out delicious. Below is the recipe for the Malai Kofta which we made.
Recipe for the kofta balls
- 1/2 kg boiled potatoes, smashed
- 150g cottage cheese, grated (mozarella would also work)
- 2 onions, finely chopped
- pinch of aniseed powder (anise)
- pinch of cumin powder
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 100g flour
- little bit of spring onion, chopped
- Mix all together with an egg
- Roll mixture into small handful and coat in semolina (paniermehl)
- Shallow fry the koftas on low heat
Recipe for the curry
- 250g cashew nuts, blended with salt & water
- 2 chopped onions
- 1 star anise
- 6 cardamom pods
- fresh ginger
- fenu greek seeds
- 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
- 1/4 teaspoon turmeric
- Heat a little oil
- Add in 2 chopped onions & some garlic & fry up
- Add 1 star anise & 6 cardamom pods
- Add pinch of black pepper
- Add cinnamon sticks
- Add handful chopped fresh ginger
- Cook until onions are golden brown, then add in 2 chopped tomatoes & a pinch of salt
- Add fenu greek seeds
- Add 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
- Add the blended cashew nut mix
- Add 1/4 teaspoon turmeric
Serve koftas with the curry, as you please: in gravy, or over the top of the kofta on a plate
Recipe is courtesy of Krishna at the Butterfly Bookshop, Main Road, Palolem.
I am making this this weekend, okay, after Christmas though. I love Indian food and this looks delightful!
I also equate food with traveling. I like to try and recreate the food that I’ve had while traveling at home. These look really yummy.
Is there any other reason to travel except to try new, tasty foods?!? :)
mmmmmmm makes me wish I was back in India right now!
Awesome, I just ate that two days ago at an Indian restaurant in the states. After traveling through India it became one of my go-to choices too! :)
Can’t believe I’d never had it before. Didn’t know what I was missing!
I love that you sent this recipe – we will try it out! Would be great if you could send 1 recipe from each country so we could try to live even more vicariously through you :) miss you!
One recipe per country? Hmm… maybe.
That looks great! I’ll definitely have to try out this recipe.
Definitely do! And let me know if it works out – hopefully I haven’t missed some detail or anything :?
Looks delicious ! Thanks for the recipe, one more to try during the holidays :)
That looks really yummy Adam!
It was delicious!
Love malai kofta. Not as much as I love paneer-anything, but malai kofta is pretty up there on my fave Indian dishes.
Agreet! Paneer dishes are also one of my go-to choices here.
Indeed India is a gr8 destination and its food is typically good.Each platter in India is characterized by the extensive use of various spices, herbs and other vegetables, and sometimes fruits grown in India and also for the widespread practice of vegetarianism in Indian society. Each family of Indian cuisine includes a wide assortment of dishes and cooking techniques
These look so delicious, I can’t stop drooling over the picture at the top of the post, YUM! Think I’ll try cooking these tonight
am going to try it out, i hope i do it right
Tell me you have eaten dal makhani — black lentils. The BEST comfort food in India! We just can’t make it the same way back home…
mmmmm dal makhani! also very tasty :)
Really so nice indian dish. It’s also my favorite. Thanks for sharing….. :)
That looks awesome.
I’m a Foodie n I really loved this Recipe.I”ll try this for sure..
Thank You for the mouth watering Recipe..
Dude, here are few delicious Indian dishes you should try out….
Modak, Vadapao, Pav Bhaji(Maharashtra),
Aalu Parantha, Aalu-Matar-Paneer(Punjab),
Gajar ka Halva,
Catching up on your India posts – we were there at roughly the same time! Crazy.
This post made me laugh because I ordered malai kofta all.the.time and every time I did, it was terrible and I swore I’d never order it again…but I remember it being so awesome the first time I went to India in 2008!
I never had it in the south, though, was too busy spending too much money on fresh fish in kerala :D
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