Saturday, October 3, 2009

Restaurant style Malai Kofta

Since it was festival ( Dashehra ) time last week, we came up with a special lunch menu:
Hara bhara kebab
Malai kofta
Ajwaini parathas
Fruit custard
Sounds scrumptious..doesn't it ?

My cousin made the delicious Hara bhara kebabs and I'm wondering how I've missed them till now..they seem to be everywhere on the blogging world and definitely go in my list too...future safekeeping :)
For my part, I thought I will use the Gulab Jamun packet that's in my pantry for a while make the kofta..(not an original idea, I had read it around and thought it was a nice concept and would turn out well) and try my hand at Malai kofta aka Rich Dumplings in cream gravy..
1 packet gulab jamun mix
a pinch of salt
water as required
1 potato - boiled,peeled nd mashed
1/2 tsp red chilli powder
1/2 tsp garam masala/chat masala
1 tbsp cashew nuts small pieces
pinch of turmeric
salt as per taste

Mix the Gulab Jamun mix with salt and add water to form a firm but pliable dough. Keep aside covered for 5 mins.
Mix all the filling ingredients together. Form small balls (gulab jamun size) and add small filling inside each. Cover with the dough so it wont fly out in frying.
Fry the balls till golden brown and keep aside.

1 large onion ,chopped coarsely
1 medium tomato ,chopped coarsely
5-6 cashew nuts ,chopped coarsely
1 bay leaf
8 whole black peppercorns
3 cloves
2 dried red chillies
1/2 tsp cumin
1/2 tsp cut ginger
1/2 potato ,mashed
1/2 cup cream or milk
Heat some oil and add all the dry spices and stir. Add cashew nuts and stir for another 30 seconds and add onion. Cook till golden , then add ginger and tomatoes. Let cook till the tomatoes soften. Let it cool and grind into a paste. Heat another tbsp of oil and add the mashed potatoes. Stir around for a minute and add the paste and cream/milk. Add salt to taste and bring to boil. While serving , arrange the koftas in the serving bowl and pour the gravy over it.
I don't mean to brag, but this turned out to very well and got a lot of compliments , one being 'ekdum restaurant style' !!
P.S : Excuse the poor photo, and definitely do not judge the recipe per the photo..try it once! (Awaiting a better photo)


  1. I loved the idea of using gulab jamun mix for the koftas.
    I agree your click is not doing the justice to your preparation, so go ahead and cook again this creamy curry.

  2. Love malai koftas but haven't had it in years. That does sound like a good recipe Dips. Had never heard of using Gulab jamun mix to make it. Will have to give it a try one of these days. Beats going to a restaurant any day.

  3. Gulab Jamun mix is lying in my pantry too :)
    will try it out !

  4. Thanks guys!
    @Pari - good suggestion, but there are so many more things to try !
    @Jaya - Definitely!
    @Kanchan - Do pass on some good clicks when you make ;)