Malai kofta

Best Indian Malai Kofta Recipe

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Malai kofta

Malai kofta is an ancient dish of North India. It is a  special dish of meat mince or chopped vegetables in some regions. In English, Malai kofta is called Creamy balls. They are famous for meatballs.

We made this delicious and soft dish with paneer, aloo, cream and some more basic ingredients. However, Indians prefer to eat vegetable balls with a creamy gravy such as potato and paneer balls.

The Taste of Malai kofta

We formed the marinated mince into a round and ball-shaped, called Kofta. However, Malai is called cream or cottage cheese, made up of milk, and it is also available in tetra-packs at markets. The taste of Malai Kofta is very scrumptious, mouth-watering and appealing.

Meatballs or Kofta are marinated like seekh kebabs. The difference is that you can enjoy the koftas with gravy. It is very interesting and easy to make this delicious dish. The favourable point is you can freeze the marinated koftas for months. However, the recipe for vegan kebabs is quite different.

The Origin of Malai kofta Recipe and its Health Benefits

Malai kofta is a North Indian recipe.  We also know it as the Punjabi traditional dish of koftas. However, some people think that this recipe of malai kofta comes from England with English people in the Sub-continent.

We pronounce Malai kofta as maa: lae and kofta as Koof/ta. Malai kofta is a healthy recipe and food filled with a lot of nutrients like protein, calcium, magnesium, carbs and vitamins. It depends on the ingredient you are adding to this recipe to make it healthy and tasty.

Malai kofta: The Glory of Indian and Pakistani Dining Tables

In India and Pakistan, traditional foods like Kebab, Kadhai, Koftay, Palak Paneer and Aloo Gobi are considered as the ‘dastarkhawan ki shaan’ or ‘the glory of the dining table’. The Indians and Pakistani women spent lots of their time in the kitchen to cook special traditional foods.

This is not an effortless task. What do you think? If you are an Indian or Pakistani, you are surely agreeing with me. Because it is not a simple task to please everyone through cooking in the joint family systems.

Make Malai kofta for your Family

Everyone has their taste buds and you have to cook a mutual dish that everyone should accept. Keeping in mind your struggles, I always come up with traditional dishes in a variety of styles to make your life easy.

In India, most people are vegetarians, therefore, they prefer to eat koftas made up of vegetables. Aloo malai kofta, paneer malai kofta, mix sabzi malai kofta and Punjabi paneer malai kofta are their common dishes of kebabs.

The Pakistanis always eat and enjoy the koftas of meat. That is why koftas are called meatballs. The common koftas in Pakistan are mutton kofta, chicken malai kofta, beef malai kofta,

Restaurant Style Chicken Malai kofta Recipe

Chicken Malai Kofta is a common dish in Pakistan. This delicious and lip-smacking dish is cooked in almost every house. You just need the basic ingredients for this recipe.


  • Boneless Chicken 1kg
  • Tetra Pack Cream 1 packet
  • Ginger Paste 2tbsp
  • Garlic Paste 2tbsp
  • Two Sliced Onions
  • Salt as per taste
  • Red Chilli Powder 1tbsp
  • Red Chilli Flakes 1tsp
  • Hot Spices 1tbsp
  • Chopped Tomatoes 2
  • Black Pepper 1tbsp
  • Turmeric Powder 1tsp
  • Dry Cumin Powder 1tsp
  • Fresh Green Chillies 5
  • Fresh Coriander Leaves handful (chopped)
  • Egg (optional)
  • Bread crumbs (optional)
  • Cooking Oil 1 cup
  • Water as required

Cooking Procedure

Step 1

In a chopper, add boneless chicken, 1tbsp garlic and ginger, spice of red chilli,  crushed dry coriander, fresh green chilies, black pepper, green coriander, bread crumbs and egg. Chop well and check the consistency.

If you get the desired mixture, set it aside for 5-10 minutes.

Step 2

Now take a marinated mince of your palm size and make a ball. You can make it in an oval shape or round. Most people usually prefer the round shape koftas.

Make koftas according to your required size and shape. I usually make 15-17 koftas from 1kg.

Set the koftas aside and prepare a gravy (curry).

Prepare a Gravy for Malai kofta

Step 1

Warm cooking oil in the pan and add the paste of ginger, garlic.  Now put chopped onions and continuously cook till onions become translucent.

Now add all the spices and cook well. Beat the tetra-pack cream and add in the same pan and cook for 2 minutes on medium flame. Let the cream dissolve well.

Step 2

Put koftas one by one carefully in the mixture and stir slowly on the normal flame.

Put 1 glass of water (you can add more if you want more gravy) and bring to a boil. Also, add fresh green chilies.

Step 3

Cook kofta for twenty minutes after covering the pan.

Check the consistency of the gravy and also check the Kofta with the help of a fork.

If they are cooked well, transfer them to a large and appealing bowl and decorate them with a smooth cream and fresh coriander.

This chicken malai kofta recipe is easy and best serve with hot chapati and naan to eat at lunch or dinner.kofta recipe

Punjabi Paneer Malai Kofta/Creamy kofta

Punjabi paneer malai kofta besides being healthy can be a delicious recipe with the hard work of few minutes. Just follow the recipe below to taste the scrumptious, creamy and soft paneer malai koftas with one special ingredient: the cashew nut.


  • Paneer (Cottage Cheese) 250g
  • (Read my article Palak and Paneer for the authentic recipe of paneer (cottage cheese)).
  • Potatoes boiled 2-3 medium size
  • Cashews 10-15
  • Red Chilli Powder 1tbsp
  • Salt to taste
  • Black Pepper 1tbsp
  • Chaat Masala 1tsp
  • Dry Coriander Powder 1tsp
  • All-Purpose Flour 2 cups
  • Fresh Coriander leaves chopped a bunch
  • Tomatoes 2 medium chopped
  • Ginger Garlic Paste 1tbsp
  • Cinnamon Powder 1tsp
  • Hot Spices 1tsp
  • Cumin Powder 1tsp
  • Red Chili Powder 1tbsp
  • Green Chilies 2-3
  • Turmeric Powder 1tsp
  • Dry Coriander Powder 1tsp
  • Pure Oil (Desi Ghee)
  • Cream 2-3tbsp
  • Fenugreek Seeds a bunch

Cooking Method

Step 1

In a deep bowl, grate paneer and boiled potatoes. Also add 2 tablespoons of all-purpose flour, black pepper, chaat masala, dry coriander powder, salt and chopped fresh coriander leaves. Mix well.

Add water to make a thick consistency or knead like flour.

Step 2

Now take a palm-size mixture and make balls. Spread the remaining all-purpose flour on a flat plate and dip those balls there.

You can easily make 10-12 balls from the required mixture.

Step 3

Warm up the cooking oil in a deep vessel. Then fry the kofta. When they turned into light golden brown, place them on a separate plate and set them aside.

 Step 4 Make a Gravy

Now prepare a mixture for the gravy. In a kadhai (wide pan), heat pure oil, add cashew nuts and fry for few seconds. Now add all the ingredients (onion, ginger and garlic) and sauté for some time to translucent the onions.

Add tomatoes and half a glass of water and lid the kadhai for sixty seconds. (It is your choice you can blend this mixture in a blender too to quickly make a creamy texture). However, I am just making it on the stove.

Now when your tomatoes and onions would soften, press them with the help of a spoon. They will turn into a paste.

Now put some cream and stir well for at least two minutes. (Close the stove).

Now turned the stove on a medium flame and mix all the powdered spices. Mix well and stir for some time on low flame.

Step 5

Carefully put all the koftas in the creamy gravy and also add green chilies. Combine carefully and close the kadhai. Cook less than a half-hour on medium flame.

Transfer it into an appealing bowl and decorate with fragrant leaves of mint and coriander. Healthy and delicious Punjabi Paneer Malai Kofta are ready to eat and serve. Believe me, you will forget all the other koftas when you will try this nutritious dish.

paneer malai kofta

Special Aloo Malai kofta Recipe in Hindi

Who doesn’t like aloo (potatoes)? Aloo malai kofta is a traditional and go-to recipe for Indian food.  Children and ancestors eat and like this recipe of aloo malai kofta. Try this aromatic and lip-smacking recipe as a major meal or snack.


  • Aloo (Potatoes) boiled 5
  • Paneer 1 cup
  • Two normal  chopped Onions
  • One chopped Tomato
  • Almonds crushed 1tbsp
  • Cashew crushed 1tbsp
  • Raisins handful
  • Corn Flour 1tbsp
  • Maida (All-purpose flour) 2tbsp
  • Tetra pack cream 3tbsp
  • Yogurt 2tbsp
  • Fenugreek crushed 1tbsp
  • 1tbsp Ginger
  • 1tbsp of crushed Garlic
  • Salt as per taste
  • Black Pepper 1tbsp
  • Hot Spices Powder 1tbsp
  • Turmeric Powder 1tsp
  • Dry Coriander Powder 1tbsp
  • Red Chilli Flakes 1tbsp
  • Cooking Oil 3-4tbsp

Cooking Method

Step 1

Add mashed boil potatoes, crushed paneer, onions, almonds, cashews, raisins, cornflour, maida, black pepper, and salt in a deep bowl.

Mix them well and knead like flour.

Step 2

Now make round balls or koftas and deep fry them in oil. After frying, keep them aside and prepare the gravy.

Step 3 Make a Gravy

In a frying warm pan, put oil and the mixture of ginger, garlic.

Now mix onions and sauté for few minutes till the onions turn golden brown.

Now add tomatoes, salt, red chilli flakes, turmeric powder, dry coriander powder, hot spices and stir for few minutes.

Mix yogurt and close the pan. It would dissolve the mixture.

Carefully place the fried koftas and mix slowly.

Add cream and mix well. Cover the pan for 5 minutes on high flame.

Step 4

Shrink crushed fenugreek and fresh green coriander leaves.

Convert to a serving bowl and serve with zeera rice or hot tandoori chapatti.

Try aloo kofta as a snack too without the gravy at evening time.

aloo malai kofta

Healthy Malai kofta Vegan Recipe/Popular Indian Malai kofta

Vegan malai kofta is one of the common dishes of Northern India. The aroma and creamy taste of this recipe are endless.


  • Spanish (boiled) 1-cup
  • Potatoes (boiled) 2 medium size
  • Paneer (cottage cheese) 1cup
  • Soaked Cashews (A handful)
  • Tetra-Pack Cream 4tbsp
  • Cinnamon (crushed) 1tsp
  • Coconut Milk (optional) half cup
  • Onions chopped 2 gigantic size
  • Tomatoes 2 big size
  • Ginger, Garlic Paste 2tbsp
  • Sea Salt to taste
  • Red Chili Flakes 1tbsp
  • Turmeric Powder 1tbsp
  • Hot Spices Powder 1tbsp
  • Dry Coriander Powder 1tsp
  • Corn Flour or Starch 1 cup
  • Water as needed
  • Cooking oil half liter

Cooking Method

Step 1

In a food processor, chop potatoes, Spanish, few cashews and cottage cheese together to make a paste.

Now convert it into a deep bowl. Add cornflour, hot spices, sea salt, water and knead properly to make a thick fine paste.

Step 2

Make balls in a round shape. Heat pan and deep fry them. I usually make 15 koftas for this quantity.

Keep all the fried vegan koftas aside.

Step 3 Make a Gravy.

In a frying pan, warm some oil and put cinnamon. Soon you will smell the aroma of cinnamon, then add garlic and mix the paste of ginger and onions. Sautee for few minutes.

Quickly add tomatoes and all the spices and cook well for two minutes.

Step 4

In a shaker jug, put some coconut milk and this gravy. Shake well to make a puree.

Convert back into a frying pan, add cream and mix well. Add some raw cashews too. (Flame must be off).

Step 5

Now add fried vegan koftas. Mix well and simmer on a medium flame.

Cover the pan and wait for 10 minutes. Garnish with mint leaves and chaat masala.

Serve this special recipe of vegan kofta with roti and rice. You can add more seasonal vegetables to increase the taste.

However, bottle guard malai koftas are very delicious and common in Northern areas of India.

pakistani malai kofta

Pakistani Malai Kofta Recipe of Mutton/Beef

In Pakistan, mutton malai koftas are considered the glory of the dining table. If you are at a Pakistani house, they are surely serving you with mutton koftas as this is their rich dish to show gratitude to their guests.

Mutton malai kofta takes a lot of hard work and time to cook. It is not possible to cook mutton instantly. However, the aroma and taste of this recipe is like heaven on earth.


  • Mutton/Beef Mince 1kg
  • Tetra-Pack Cream 1 cup
  • Crushed Coconut 4tbsp (optional)
  • Sliced Onions 2
  • Tomatoes 2 normal to large
  • Paste of Ginger 1tbsp
  • Ginger cloves 3-5
  • Garlic Paste 1tsp
  • Red Chili Powder 1tbsp
  • Dry Coriander Powder 1tbsp
  • Hot Spices Powder 1tbsp
  • Black Pepper 1tbsp
  • Turmeric (powder) 1tsp
  • Salt to taste
  • Fresh Green Chilies 2-4
  • Fresh Green Coriander Leaves
  • Vinegar 1tsp
  • Morinaga 1tbsp
  • Soya sauce 1tsp
  • Butter 1tbsp
  • Cooking Oil 1 cup
  • Water 2-3 glasses

Cooking Method

Step 1

Take a chopper, add mutton mince, squeezed onion paste, ginger cloves, two green chilies, a handful of fresh coriander leaves, salt, 1tsp hot spices, 1tsp red chili powder, 1tsp black powder, soya sauce 1tsp and vinegar 1tsp. Chop well and make a thick mixture.

Now add Morinaga to the mixture and blend well.

Step 2

Wet your hand palms, take a marinated mixture, make round balls of kofta (meatballs), and set aside. This quantity of meat will make about 15-20 meatballs or kofta.

(Some people deep-fry these meatballs first and later add in the gravy, but I usually follow the other method describing below).

Step 3 A Gravy of Malai kofta

Take a wide pan or kadhai, heat oil, add ginger, garlic paste, chopped onions and tomatoes and sauté for two minutes.

Now add all the spices like salt, red chili powder, dry coriander powder, turmeric powder and two ounces of water and cook well.

Once the water becomes dry, add coconut powder and cook on a low flame for only one minute.

Step 4

Now put meatballs or kofta in the gravy and mix slowly. Put fresh green chillies and also add two glasses of water and cover the cooker for 20 minutes on a medium flame. (Mutton and Beef kofta usually take more time to cook).

When the cooker whistles, close the stove, wait for the gas to discharge and open it carefully.

You will notice only half a glass of water if left. Add the cream and mix well.

Step 5

Now flame the stove to cook the gravy on medium flame. When the gravy is bubbling, put butter on top of it and let it melt.

gravy malai kofta

Step 6 (Serving)

Garnish with fresh coriander leaves and black pepper. Close the stove when you find the desired gravy.

Enjoy my favorite recipe for Pakistani malai kofta of mutton. Serve with hot tandoori roti and cold mint raita.

Malai kofta and Rice

Do you also have the habit to try traditional dishes in a new style like me? Isn’t it? If yes, then come and let us try a new existing recipe of malai kofta rice. It is common to serve malai kofta with zeera rice, but what if we add malai kofta in a bowl of rice? Let us go towards the recipe.

Ingredients and Cooking Procedure

Step 1

In a deep pan, add two glasses of water and bring to boil.

Now add one glass of wash and soaked rice in the boiling water and boil it for 10 to 15 minutes. (Always add water according to the rice you use. If you are using ripped basmati rice, then add only one glass of water. If you are using unripe basmati rice, then add two glasses of water in one glass of rice).

While the rice is boiling, prepare the chicken koftas. (Choice is yours. You can add the vegan malai koftas or chicken malai kofta. I am adding chicken malai kofta).

For Chicken, Kofta follows the recipe given in this article.

Step 2

Take a deep saucepan or Kadhai, heats the oil and add 2 medium-sized onions and sauté for 2-3 minutes till the onions become soft and golden-brown.

Now add one tablespoon of garlic and ginger paste and cook well for 1 minute. Add 1 enormous size chopped tomato and cook for 2 minutes.

While adding tomatoes, also add spices like salt, hot spices, bay leaves, cardimum, cumin seeds, black pepper and a pinch of Chinese salt. Cook for few seconds and shrink some drops of water.

Now switch off the stove and add 2-3 tablespoons of milk cream (tetra-pack). Mix and beat well in the gravy.

Step 3

Switch on the stove on medium flame and add kofta and carefully mix well in the cream gravy. In one glass of rice, five kofta would be enough, but it depends on you how much you want. Add one glass of water and cook for 5-10 minutes.

You can also deep-fry the kofta beforehand, which would be also convenient for you.

Once the koftas are cooked and a little water is left, add boiled rice to them and mix smoothly.

malai kofta rice

Malai Kofta Recipe for a Diet Chart

A well organized and healthy eating always be your priority if you want to lose weight. I think consuming healthy and traditional food becomes a challenge in our journey of weight control as traditional foods are filled with desi ghee or cooking oil.

Therefore, I will suggest you eat everything in moderation. Excess of everything is bad. You can cook malai kofta in an air-fryer. If you don’t have an air-fryer, simply bake them in the oven. Or it is also not available, just grease the kofta with the help of a brush and cook them on a non-stick grill.

Reduce the amount of cooking oil and enjoy traditional and healthy recipes while dieting.

Special Recipe of Malai Kofta for Toddlers/Children

Wise people say, let your children eat what you eat after one year of age. Therefore, there is no better choice for them than the malai koftas as they are appetizing and rich in all the basic nutrients and vitamins.

Step 1

Grate paneer, boiled potatoes, boiled pieces of chicken, 1tsp Spanish in a bowl and mix them well.

Now add 2tbsp cornflour, a pinch of salt, pinch of black pepper and turmeric powder.

Also, add cashew powder 1tsp and almond powder 1tsp to the mixture.

Knead the mixture well with the help of water and make a thick consistency.

Step 2

Now form small round balls and deep fry in pure oil (Desi ghee) and serve to your children.

Believe me, after eating only one Kofta, your baby will gain all the daily requirements of protein and calcium. Baby’s health will also improve and he will be physically active.

You can also make kofta gravy with homemade malai other than the tetra-pack cream.

Win Perfect Recipes of Malai Kofta with Special Tips and Tricks

Malai kofta is a traditional and time-gaining recipe. Desire results could be achieved following the instructions carefully.

  • Always use fresh paneer for malai koftas.
  • Make sure your cream is not sour.
  • If your mixture is thin, add cornflour or corn starch.
  • Bread crumbs also do wonders if we add in the meatballs.
  • Dip your koftas in the maida before frying. They will be crispy.
  • If you want to add onions to the meatballs, then try to squeeze all the water from the onions.
  • Don’t over-boil the potatoes.

Preservation of Malai Kofta and Creamy Meatballs

We can store chicken or mutton meatballs in the refrigerator for days, but I will suggest you never freeze vegan kofta for more than a day.

Try to make gravy fresh all the time.


Malai kofta is a precious and delicious healthy traditional food to eat and enjoy all time. However, this dish always wants time and struggle therefore, I reserve it for weekends and special occasions.

Make this super yummy dish today and surprise your family. Wise people say to eat only what your mind allows. Don’t forget to send me your feedback in the comment sections. Also, tell me about the traditional dishes of your region.

Happy cooking, happy life!

Frequently Asked Questions

Malai kofta is a delicious dish of malai (cream) and kofta (paneer or vegetables or meat).

Malai kofta is originated from the Northern India. It is also called a traditional dish of Punjab.

Kofta are commonly called as meat balls but Indian prefer to eat kofte made up of vegetables like potato and bottle guards.

It is very easy to pronounce malai kofta. Malai is pronounced as me-la-i and kofta is pronounced as kof-ta.

In vegan meatballs we use the variety of vegetables but not meat.

The vegetarian kofta balls are made up of potato, spinach, peas and bottleguard.

It is said that kofta was invented in Northern India by the people of Punjab.

+-------------------------------------------------------------- Kebabs are made on skewers, they are also sold as street food, However, koftas are cooked in a deep saucepan with gravy or curry. This is a home-based dish served with roti.

Kofta kebab is a healthy dish full of nutrients like protein, calcium and vitamin B6.

Kofta is called as meatball. It is round shaped ball of meat marinated with different ingredients. It is cooked in gravy and tastes like smooth and creamy.

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