Relying every time on outside food may not be a good idea. But, sometimes it becomes mandatory for us to bring home those dishes that are special to serve for special occasions. Can't we try at least few of them at home and surprise our guests? We can. Here it is for you, Malai kofta – a restaurant style dish that meets your party requirements and makes your invitees finger-licking.
Ingredients For Koftas
Home-made paneer / store bought – 1 cup grated
Refined flour – ¼ cup
Whole spices powder – ¼ tsp
Red chillies powder – ¼ tsp
Salt – ¼ tsp
Oil – For deep frying
For The Curry
Tomato puree – ½ cup
Onion paste / chopped finely – 2 onions
Cashew nut paste – 2 tbsp (soak nuts for ½ hour, grind them well using water)
Ginger-garlic paste – 1 tsp
Turmeric – a pinch
Curd – ¼ cup
Red chillies powder – As per the need
Garam masala powder – ½ tsp
Cream / milk – ¼ cup
Coriander leaves – 1 tbsp chopped
Oil – As required
Salt – To taste
Cardamom pods – 2
Cinnamon – 1 small stick
Bay leaves – 1
Poppy seeds – 1 tsp
Mix kofta ingredients except oil. Make small patties out of the dough. Heat oil in a wok. Slide the koftas into the heated oil and fry until crispy and golden brown. Drain and lay them on an oil-absorbing paper/tissue.
Heat oil in a deep pan. Add the spices list ingredients and fry for a minute.
Add the ginger garlic paste, turmeric, minced onions and stir for another two minutes.
Saute in the tomato paste and cook for 3-4 minutes till the raw flavour disappears.
Now, add the cashew paste, curd, salt, garam masala and chillies powder. Stir well till and let cook-covered for 10 minutes.
Now add the milk into the gravy and simmer for another 2 minutes till the oil starts separating.
Drop in the koftas (balls) and turn off the flame.
Garnish with the chopped coriander and let it be aside undisturbed for a few minutes till the koftas are softened well in the gravy.
This dish smells amazing and tastes heavenly. The trick for you is, serving the 'Malai Kofta' with hot nans, rotis or flavoured rice.
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