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Authentic Recipe of Malai Kofta. Delicious Indian Traditional Cottage Cheese Balls from Delhi.

Malai Kofta is a traditional Indian dish of cheese balls dunked in creamy gravy. Served with rice or bread, the dish is popular in North India.

Things to know about Malai Kofta Recipe

The Indian Traditional Cottage Cheese Balls or Kofta is a dish of spherical cottage cheese balls dunked in a creamy gravy. The word “Kofta” comes from the Persian word kufta which means “rissole.” “Malai” means “cream.”

Apart from India, Kofta is also famous worldwide. Armenia, Bulgaria, Palestine, Pakistan, and Turkey are some other countries where Kofta is prepared. An uncooked version called “Cig Kofte” is prepared in Turkey. In European Countries, Kofta can be served in a sandwich at Kebab Shops.

A non-vegetarian variant of the dish is also popular. The balls are made with meat instead of cheese. Though pork or beef can also be used to make meatballs, it is less popular in India.

This is because Muslims don’t consume pork, and Hindus don’t consume beef in the country. In Bengal, Koftas are also made using prawns. Malai Kofta is prepared for weddings or occasions.

Delicious Indian Traditional Cottage Cheese Balls from Delhi. Authentic Recipe of Malai Kofta.

Local Recipe Name with Local Characters: मलाई कोफ्ता
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— General Atributes of This Recipe:

Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 15 minutes
Dish Type Stew Recipes


Servings 4 People
Calories / Serving 338 kcal



  • 1 tbsp Oil
  • 1 unit Bay Leaf
  • 1 inch Cinnamon Stick
  • 4 units Green Cardamom Pod Seeds
  • 3 units Clove
  • 1 tsp Caraway Seed
  • 7 cloves Garlic Large
  • inch Fresh Ginger Root
  • 1 unit Green Chili Finely chopped
  • 1 unit Yellow Onion Large
  • 2 units Tomato Large
  • 12 units Cashew
  • 2 cups Water
  • 2 tbsp Butter Unsalted
  • 1 tsp Oil
  • 1 tsp Ground Coriander Powder
  • ¼ tsp Kashmiri Red Chili Powder
  • ½ tsp Salt
  • 1 tsp White Sugar – Regular Sugar – Granulated Sugar
  • tsp Garam Masala
  • 2 tsp Fenugreek Seeds Crushed
  • 3 tbsp Whipping Cream – Heavy Cream
  • ¼ tsp Ground Cardamom Powder
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Malai Kofta

  • 1 cup Potato Boiled, mashed
  • 1 cup Cottage Cheese Gratedq
  • 1 tbsp Fresh Ginger Root Finely chopped
  • tbsp Cilantro Chopped
  • 1 unit Green Chili Chopped
  • 1 tbsp Cashew Chopped
  • 1 tbsp Raisin Chopped
  • tbsp Cornstarch
  • ½ tsp Salt
  • ¼ tsp Ground White Pepper Powder
  • ¼ tsp Ground Cardamom Powder
  • 1 tbsp Oil



  • Heat oil on a pan on medium flame.
  • Add bay leaf, cinnamon, green cardamom, and cloves. Sauté for 2 minutes.
  • Add tomatoes, cashews, and water. Stir and cook for 10 minutes.
  • Cooldown the mixture and discard the bay leaf.
  • Transfer the mixture to a blender. Make a smooth paste.
  • Strain the puree into another bowl.
  • Take a pan and heat it on medium flame. Add unsalted butter and a teaspoon of oil.
  • When the butter melts, add the puree and cook for 2 minutes.
  • Add coriander powder, Kashmiri Red Chili Powder, salt, sugar, and Garam Masala.
  • Add fenugreek seeds and cream. Cook for 2 minutes.
  • Sprinkle cardamom powder and set aside.

Malai Kofta

  • Take potatoes in a pressure cooker and boil them.
  • Once, the potatoes are boiled, peel and mash them.
  • To a large bowl, add all the ingredients for the Kofta. These include potatoes, grated cottage cheese, ginger, cilantro, green chili, cashews, raisins, cornstarch, salt, white pepper powder, and cardamom powder.
  • Mix everything well and make a dough.
  • Take small parts of the dough and press between your palms to make small balls.
  • Heat oil in a pan and drop the Kofta balls.
  • Fry the Koftas until golden-brown.
  • Drop the Koftas in the gravy and serve.

— Specific Atributes of This Recipe:

Healthy Diet Recipe Vegetarian Recipes
Religious Cooking Halal Recipes


Calories: 338kcalCarbohydrates: 26gProtein: 10gFat: 23gSaturated Fat: 8gPolyunsaturated Fat: 3gMonounsaturated Fat: 9gTrans Fat: 0.3gCholesterol: 37mgSodium: 815mgPotassium: 452mgFiber: 4gSugar: 4gVitamin A: 487IUVitamin C: 13mgCalcium: 102mgIron: 2mg
Keyword Indian Traditional Cottage Cheese Balls, Malai Kofta Recipe, मलाई कोफ्ता
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Cooking tip for making Malai Kofta

  • Put the cottage cheese in hot water for 20-30 minutes, if you have bought it from the store.
  • Make sure the oil is hot before you drop the Kofta balls.
  • Do not overcook the potatoes. Do not skip cornstarch, as it acts as a binding agent.
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What to serve with Malai Kofta?

Serve Malai Kofta with steamed rice or traditional bread.

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