Malai Kofta Without Malai – Tasty & Healthy
- Paneer/Cottage Cheese - 200 gms
- Boiled potatoes/Aloo - 2-3 medium size
- Corn Flour or Maida - 2 tablespoon
- Chopped Tomato - 2
- Chopped Onion - 1 small
- Green Chilies - 1 to 2
- Ginger (chopped pieces) - 1 inch long
- Coriander leaves chopped - for garnish
- Coriander powder - 1/2 teaspoon
- Red Chili Powder - 1 teaspoon
- Turmeric/ Haldi - 1/4 teaspoon
- Garam Masala - 1 pinch
- Cumin/Jeera - 1/4 teaspoon
- Bay leaf/Tej Patta- 1
- Cinnamon stick - 1/2 inch long piece
- Black pepper corns - 2-3
- Badi elaichi/ Black Cardamom - 1
- Oil - 1 tablespoon
- Milk - 1/2 cup (optional)
- Fresh Cream/ Malai - 1/2 cup (if using)
- Garlic - 4 medium sized (optional)
- Water - 1 cup for gravy + 1 cup (adjustable) for making batter
- Salt - per taste
- Take corn/maida and make a thick batter by adding little water to it.
- Take the boiled potatoes, paneer, salt, pinch of red chilli powder and mash it well. Make small balls. Dip these balls in maida/corn batter and deep fry in oil.
- Alternatively use appe pan to shallow fry these balls with lesser oil. I used the appe pan to fry.
- When done, transfer these kofta balls to a plate.
- GRAVY PREPARATION - Take chopped tomatoes, onion, garlic (if using), ginger and green chilies and fry in a frying pan for 2-3 mins. Once it cools down, grind the masala well or grind all these directly to a coarse paste.
- Take a pan. Add little oil and add the jeera and saboot garam masala (bay leaf, cinnamon stick, black pepper corn and badi elaichi)to it. Stir fry for a minute.
- Next add the tomato onion puree to it and stir fry. Cook for 4-5 mins on low flame. Add salt, coriander, turmeric, garam masala powder and red chili powder to it. Cook for 2-3 mins more till the oil separates.
- Add a cup of water and milk to adjust gravy consistency and cook for 4-5 mins more.
- At this stage one can add the cream and cook for another 5 mins. (I omitted this step). Once gravy becomes thick, it is ready.
- Add the kofta and close the lid.
- Garnish the koftas while serving with the coriander leaves and one can also add little cream for decoration. (Cream part omitted)
- Note - I prefer to add koftas just before serving so that they dont loose their shape.
- Enjoy healthy & yummy Malai Kofta without Malai.
I am a housewife passionate towards cooking variety vegeterian food. Since I love change in the food regularly, I keep experimenting and innovating the daily food with simple twists so that they look different and maintain the taste. Variation in look, taste and preperation is my mantra in day to day cooking.