Malai Kofta


Malai kofta is my sister’s favorite dish. I still remember those days, when we went to restaurants, she used to order butter Naan and malai Kofta most of the times. Rich creamy gravy creates so much addiction. Have tried both white and red gravy, but white gravy is my personal choice. I happened to see  Harpal Singh‘s video in youtube, and inspired from his preparation, here is my version.


Paneer Kofta – 10

Onion – 1 big, roughly chopped

Green chilli – 1 (Adjust according to your taste)

Cashewnut – 3 tbsp

Cardamom – 2 pods

Cinnamon – 1/2 piece

Fennel seed powder – 1/4 tsp

Ginger garlic paste – 1 tsp

Milk – 1/3 Cup

Butter/Oil – 2 tbsp (I used 1 tbsp oil and 1 tbsp butter)

Cardamom powder – 1/4  tsp

Salt – as needed

Pepper powder – 1/4 tsp

Heavy  cream/ Fresh Cream – 3 tbsp

Chopped nuts – 1 tbsp (Optional) to garnish


  • Add about 1 cup of water to a pan and bring water to boil. Add chopped onions and cook them. Strain the water and cool the onions. Once the onion comes to room temperature, blend them into a fine paste without adding water


  • Add water to the pan again and bring water to boil. Cook the cashew and cool. Blend them into a fine paste by adding little water
  • Add oil and butter to the pan, when the pan is hot, add cinnamon, fennel seed powder and cardamom, and  sauté for ½ minute.
  • Add  onion paste and ginger garlic paste and saute for 3-4 minutes


  • Add cashewnut paste and continue to sauté for 2-3 minutes


  • Add milk and 1/2 cup of water. When the mixture comes to  boil, add  heavy cream and green cardamom powder


  • Place the koftas in a serving dish and pour the gravy over the Kofta (Make sure the koftas are in room temperature, else they will break)





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49 thoughts on “Malai Kofta

  1. Sony P September 19, 2014 at 1:15 PM Reply

    Looks delicious in white gravy!!

  2. sindhoooo September 17, 2014 at 5:41 AM Reply

    Love the photographs Vidya! It looks easy too! Thank you for sharing 🙂 TC! Keep smiling 🙂 Happy cooking 🙂

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  4. Liz August 5, 2014 at 8:48 PM Reply

    very pretty! Looks like great comfort food.

  5. Rani Vijoo August 4, 2014 at 12:31 PM Reply

    Kofta looks yummy and inviting….wish to try it 🙂

  6. srividhya August 4, 2014 at 9:15 AM Reply

    Never cooked onion in boiling water. Does it takes d raw smell off? I do it for tomatoes to peel d skin off

  7. pallavidhadda August 4, 2014 at 2:24 AM Reply

    Its so drool worthy .. Love it 🙂

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  9. Jayeeta August 3, 2014 at 2:10 PM Reply

    It looks delicious. I also use to follow this recipe of Harpal Sing. 🙂

  10. radhikasethi August 3, 2014 at 10:03 AM Reply

    Looks interesting and yummy dear. I’ve never had white malai kofta before , looking forward to try your recipe 🙂

  11. latha subramanian August 3, 2014 at 8:32 AM Reply

    What is heavy cream or can we use amul cream.the malai koftas looks yummy. Waiting for ur reply.

  12. cafegarima August 3, 2014 at 3:22 AM Reply

    Gorgeous malai kofta- I too love the white ones in white gravy. Thanks for sharing this Vidya 🙂

  13. food passion and love August 3, 2014 at 2:17 AM Reply

    Looks delicious Vidya..but the white gravy is new to me..I have seen the brown gravy more!!Will try soon.Thanks for the recipe!

  14. Charanya August 3, 2014 at 12:14 AM Reply

    I want to veganize this recipe. Yum

    • Traditionally Modern Food August 3, 2014 at 8:44 PM Reply

      Recently I told this to Chitra, while drafting I remember you and Chitra, I am sure you guys will think to prepare a vegan version. Waiting for vegan recipe dear

  15. feedingthesonis August 2, 2014 at 8:05 PM Reply

    Ahhh! Even more delicious in a gravy!

  16. apuginthekitchen August 2, 2014 at 1:47 PM Reply

    I love white gravy and with the kofta, amazing!!

  17. Malar August 2, 2014 at 1:12 PM Reply

    You won’t believe I have never tasted them, that’s why I was waiting for your recipe 🙂 I am eyeing the malai kofta 😀 they looks simply superb 🙂

    • Traditionally Modern Food August 2, 2014 at 10:35 PM Reply

      Is it:-) one day just keep your diet aside and try this dear I am you will fall in love with this gravy:-)

  18. Chitra Jagadish August 2, 2014 at 12:57 PM Reply

    OMG mouth watering. …it looks so creamy and perfect. ….butter naan and koftas just remember my dad when I look at this dish, he loves this combo. ….awesome. …

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  20. Gina August 2, 2014 at 12:53 PM Reply

    Malai Kofta is my all-time favorite, too. I haven’t tried the white gravy before. Thanks for sharing the recipe.

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