Lunch & Dinner

Malai Kofta

I think I miss my favorite Indian food from California because this week, I made three different Indian dishes 😉 Malai Kofta was one of them.

Malai Kofta is one of my favorite dishes, right next to Saga, Tikka Masala and Butter Paneer.

You can add peas inside the Kofta. I forgot to buy them, that’s why mines don’t have any veggies inside.

I am thinking of trying it with sweet potato inside, do you guys think it would taste good?

It is usual for the Kofta to get flat after baking, so don’t worry about it.

Traditional Mali Kofta is made with paneer. Have you ever tried that cheese?

I personally really like it, although it is high in fat. That’s why I decided to make a version that is a bit lighter in fat. In my recipe, the paneer is substituted with tofu.

Don’t worry if you don’t like tofu; you won’t taste it all!

Yields4 Servings

KOFTA
 1 lb potatoes
 1 pack firm tofu
 2 tsp minced cilantro
 ½ tbsp garam masala
 1 tsp salt
SAUCE
 ½ onion
 45 fresh tomatoes (or 1 14oz can diced tomatoes)
 ¼ cup cashews
 1 inch ginger
 4 cloves garlic
 1 tbsp garam masala
 1 tsp turmeric
 1 tsp salt
 1 15oz can coconut milk

1

Cook the potatoes for the kofta. Drain the hot water from the potatoes, mash them until smooth, and set aside.

2

While the potatoes are cooking, start the curry tomato cream sauce. In a large pan add the onion, fresh (diced) or canned tomatoes and their juices, cashews, garlic, ginger, garam masala, turmeric, and salt. Cover the pot and bring it to a simmer over medium heat. Let simmer covered for 15 minutes, stirring occasionally.

3

Transfer the onion and tomato mixture to a blender and blend until smooth. Pour the creamy mixture back into the pot and add the coconut milk. Mix together and cover the pot and set aside until the kofta are ready.

4

In a large mixing bowl, mash the tofu add the mashed potatoes along with the minced cilantro, lemon juice, garam masala, and salt. Form small balls.

5

Preheat the oven to 425 ºF. Line a baking tray with parchment. Arrange the shaped kofta onto the baking tray. Brush the tops with oil. Bake for 30-40 minutes, flipping after the first 15-20 minutes until both sides are golden and the edges of the kofta are crispy and chewy.

6

When ready to serve, pour the sauce over top the kofta. Use only what you will eat in one sitting, as the kofta get soggy once in the sauce.

Ingredients

KOFTA
 1 lb potatoes
 1 pack firm tofu
 2 tsp minced cilantro
 ½ tbsp garam masala
 1 tsp salt
SAUCE
 ½ onion
 45 fresh tomatoes (or 1 14oz can diced tomatoes)
 ¼ cup cashews
 1 inch ginger
 4 cloves garlic
 1 tbsp garam masala
 1 tsp turmeric
 1 tsp salt
 1 15oz can coconut milk

Directions

1

Cook the potatoes for the kofta. Drain the hot water from the potatoes, mash them until smooth, and set aside.

2

While the potatoes are cooking, start the curry tomato cream sauce. In a large pan add the onion, fresh (diced) or canned tomatoes and their juices, cashews, garlic, ginger, garam masala, turmeric, and salt. Cover the pot and bring it to a simmer over medium heat. Let simmer covered for 15 minutes, stirring occasionally.

3

Transfer the onion and tomato mixture to a blender and blend until smooth. Pour the creamy mixture back into the pot and add the coconut milk. Mix together and cover the pot and set aside until the kofta are ready.

4

In a large mixing bowl, mash the tofu add the mashed potatoes along with the minced cilantro, lemon juice, garam masala, and salt. Form small balls.

5

Preheat the oven to 425 ºF. Line a baking tray with parchment. Arrange the shaped kofta onto the baking tray. Brush the tops with oil. Bake for 30-40 minutes, flipping after the first 15-20 minutes until both sides are golden and the edges of the kofta are crispy and chewy.

6

When ready to serve, pour the sauce over top the kofta. Use only what you will eat in one sitting, as the kofta get soggy once in the sauce.

Malai Kofta

If you like recipes with interesting, usual taste try this Red Curry Soup or Vegan Spaghetti Bolognese.

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