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Malai Kofta – How to make malai kofta recipe

Today’s recipe is ‘Malai Kofta’. Malai kofta is basically stuffed cottage cheese balls which are cooked in a delicious gravy. This is my auntie’s recipe, trust me when I say it can beat even restaurant made malai kofta. For this recipe, gravy is adjusted according to my family’s taste. There are many variations of malai kofta recipe, for this dish you just need to follow exactly same ratio as mentioned in the ingredients table. Malai kofta can be best served with hot chapati/roti/naan/lachcha paratha.

Malai Kofta
Malai Kofta

This recipe is for 10-12 koftas to serve 4 people. Malai kofta is a heavy main course, so plan your meal accordingly whether you want to have it for your dinner or lunch. You can find Lauki kofta recipe here.

For more paneer recipes, you can check Jhatpat Shahi Paneer (Quick royal cottage cheese) ,  Paneer Baida Roti (cottage cheese & egg parcel) , Paneer Masala (Cottage cheese in tomato gravy with peas and capsicum) Paneer Paratha (Cottage cheese stuffed paratha) .

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Serve: 4

Duration: 50 mins

Ingredients for Malai Kofta

For kofta:

Paneer                                                                                                               250 gms

All purpose flour (Maida)                                                                      2 tsp (levelled)

Baking soda                                                                                                   a pinch

Salt                                                                                                                     1/2 tsp

Oil                                                                                                                        for deep frying

Stuffing for kofta:

Raisins                                                                                                              6-7

Almonds or cashew nuts                                                                       4

Coconut  powder                                                                                       2 tsp

Cardamom powder                                                                                 1/4 tsp

For standard gravy:

Tomato                                                                                                              3 tomatoes

Onion                                                                                                                 250 gms or 3 medium

Garlic                                                                                                                  1 whole

Ginger                                                                                                                1″

Red chilli powder                                                                                         1 tsp

Turmeric                                                                                                            1/4 tsp

Garam Masala                                                                                                1/2 tsp

Salt                                                                                                                        1 tsp or as per taste

Cashew nuts                                                                                                    5

Khus khus                                                                                                          2 tsp

Green cardamom                                                                                          5

Charmagaz                                                                                                        1 tbsp

Almonds                                                                                                              5

Oil                                                                                                                            2 tbsp

Coriander leaves chopped                                                                       1 tsp

Cream                                                                                                                   1 tsp

Procedure for Malai Kofta

For Kofta:

  • To prepare dough for kofta, crumble paneer with baking soda and all purpose flour (maida).


  • Mix everything uniformly and make a crack less dough.


  • Prepare the stuffing for kofta, make a coarse mix of everything that is listed under stuffing.



  • Now make small equal sized stuffed kofta balls.


  • Heat oil in a deep pan. Fry kofta on medium flame carefully.


  • Remove kofta on a tissue paper. Keep it aside.


For standard tomato gravy:

  • Make a paste of onion, ginger, and garlic, keep it aside.
  • Prepare puree of tomatoes.
  • Make powder of cashew nuts, almonds, charmagaz, khus khus, green cardamoms.


  • Heat a deep pan and saute onion puree. Cook till raw smell goes away and puree changes its colour, it will take at least 20 minutes.



  • Add tomato puree and dry fruits powder. Saute for 3-4 minutes more.


  • Add red chilli powder, turmeric, garam masala and salt. Mix well.



  • Cook till oil separates, add half cup water let it boil. Your standard gravy is ready.
  • Add koftas in the gravy. Garnish it with cream and coriander leaves.


  • Malai Kofta is ready to serve!
Malai Kofta
Malai Kofta


Serve immediately, if you have added your koftas in the gravy. If not serving immediately do not add koftas, otherwise, your kofta starts melting.

16 thoughts on “Malai Kofta – How to make malai kofta recipe

    1. Yay ! So happy to share this recipe.
      Do try this, it is very delicious recipe. 😀
      Imp thing in this recipe is that you need to follow exact measurement for koftas.:)

    1. Thank you Sakura ! Welcome to Rasoi Recipe.
      I am glad that you like this recipe and are interested in making it too. 🙂
      Do let me know your feedback, once you make it.

    1. Thank you Meehnia. 🙂
      I really liked your blog, I don’t know what’s the issue but I am not able to comment on any of your post. 🙁

  1. Alisha I too love making Malai Kofta but I prefer making a white gravy,sort of Mughlai gravy for it,it is just a change from the usual red tomato gravy.Nice recipe.

    1. Yes Yamini you can make malai kofta with white gravy too, you only need to follow kofta recipe from here then. 🙂
      Thank you for your suggestion. 🙂

    1. Oh !
      Yeah it is very important to follow measurements while preparing koftas. Gravy you can adjust according to your taste.

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