Malai Kofta


Malai Kofta is a popular North Indian vegetarian dish consisting of paneer balls afloat a creamy gravy.It’s Main Course of Indian cuisine. In the simplest form, koftas consist of Mashed Paneer with spices.Malai means cream and kofta are fried dumpling balls.usually they are made up of mashed potatoes, with or without paneer. other kofta gravy recipes on my blog are Makhani Chicken Kofta and Chicken Kofta Curry(it’s a non-vegetarian dish)

To prepare this malai kofta recipe the koftas are made with potatoes and paneer. these melt in the mouth koftas are soaked in a creamy, sweet and mildly spiced curry. One can use store-bought Paneer or Homemade.

Makhni means cream based gravy which is prepared using tomatoes cooked along with Indian spice ,butter & cream added for a smooth texture.Koftas in India are usually served cooked in a spicy /mild, curry/gravy and are eaten with Cooked rice or a variety of  Indian flatbreads like Naan

 Ingredients For kofta

 Paneer 250 gm

 Potatoes 2 boiled & mashed

 Salt to taste

 Garam masala 1/4 tsp

 Corn flour 1 1/2 tbsp

 Refined flour 1 tbsp

 Onion Finely Chopped 1 small

 Green chilli finely Chopped 1

Ginger Grated 1 tbsp

Garam Masala 1/2 tsp

Green Coriander leaves 1 tbsp finely chopped

Cashewnut pieces 1 tbsp

Raisins 10-12

Additional refined flour 2 tbsp (for rolling)

Oil for Frying

Ingredients for gravy

Butter 150 gm

Tomato,blanched ,deseeded & pureed 500 gm

Salt to taste

Fresh  cream 100 gm

Kasoori methi powder 1 tsp

Sugar 1 tsp (optional)

Kashmiri chilli powder 1 tsp

Red chilli powder 1 tsp

Cumin powder 1 tsp

Water as required for gravy

 Method

In a bowl add all ingredients mentioned above for kofta except oil ,cashew nut & raisins mix  & make equal size ball.Take a portion of mixture flattened on palm.stuffed cashew nuts & raisins.close properly using palm make a ball.put additional flour in a plate for rolling .make balls of entire mixture & roll in additional flour.

Heat oil in a pan deep fry Fry 3 or 4 balls at a time until they are a golden brown and keep aside on an absorbent paper.In another pan add half quantity of butter .add 1 tsp of oil to prevent burning of butter.add tomato puree,red chilli powder ,sugar,Kashmiri chilli powder ,kasoori methi powder,cumin powder & cook for 5-6 min.then add water  & salt to adjust gravy consistency.  once it started boiling add rest of butter & simmer on low heat for 5-10 minutes.add fried Koftas so that koftas in a gravy.Turn off heat & add cream stir carefully .Serve with Rice/naan.

 Tips :-1)While adding salt in gravy always be careful as we added salt in kofta too.Adjust spices as per own taste buds.

 2)Stuffing of nuts are optional if one doesn’t like can skip it.

 3)If serving malai kofta later, you can just prepare the gravy and add koftas while serving. these koftas are really soft. so if you add them before and serve them later, they will break. add only if ready to serve immediately.

Gobhi Manchurian Dry


Gobhi Manchurian is an Indian Chinese fried cauliflower served as an  appetizer or a snack. The Cauliflower has a crispy coating and is tossed with a mouth-watering spicy sauce.

There are two different variants of gobhi Manchurian, dry and with gravy. Both variants are prepared by using common ingredients like cauliflower, corn flour, all purpose flour,spring onion, soy sauce, chilli sauce, minced garlic, ginger,ground pepper, etc. and has typically  garnish with spring onion.Its taste can vary from a mild spicy to hot depend on individual taste buds.

Ingredients

10-12 cauliflower

3 tbsp corn flour

5 tbsps all-purpose flour

¼ cup water

1 tsp black pepper powder

orange food color (a pinch) optional

Salt to taste

oil for deep frying

Ingredients for Manchurian Sauce

1 medium onion

½ cup chopped spring onions(white bulb)

1tbsp finely chopped garlic

2 tsp finely chopped green chillies

2 tsp finely chopped ginger

1 tbsp corn flour

1/4 cup water

1 tbsp soy sauce

1 tbsp tomato ketchup

1 tsp red chilli sauce

1 tbsp cooking oil

salt to taste

spring onion (for garnish)optional

Method :-

Heat oil in a wok or a deep fryer, till it’s becoming hot we will dissolve the corn flour and all purpose flour along with pepper,food color and salt in water.Add the cauliflower florets and mix until the florets get coated with the flour mixture.Add about 5 florets at a time into the hot oil and fry until golden brown.Remove from oil and drain on a paper towel. Keep aside.Mix the corn flour with ¼ cup of water. Add soy sauce, ketchup, chilli sauce  & salt.Heat oil in a wok or frying pan on high heat; add onion saute till it becomes pink after that add garlic, ginger, green chillies, spring onions and stir-fry for a few seconds.Add the corn flour mixture to the above and cook for a few minutes until thick and the corn flour is cooked.Turn off heat. mix well,fried cauliflower with the Manchurian Sauce and serve.Before serving garnish with spring onion leaves.

Baked Sattu Kachori


Kachori is a snack popular in India and other parts of South Asia.It is usually a round flattened ball made of Refined flour or whole wheat  flour filled with a stuffing such as Gram flour,different types of Lentils, salt and other spices.it is deep fried or baked.Variations of  Kachori prepared in India such as Onion Kachori,Sweet Kachori , Dal Kachori etc.Served with a chutney made from Tamarind , Mint & Coriander Chutney

I am sharing Baked Kachori Filled with Sattu & Indian Spices.Served with Peanut Chutney.

Ingredients

Whole wheat soft Dough (adding salt & oil)2 cup

For Stuffing
Sattu (Roasted channa dal) 1 cup

Onion Finely chopped -1 medium

Green Chilli finely chopped 1-2

Mustard oil -2 tsp

Salt to taste

Lemon juice 1-2 tsp (adjust per taste)

Nigella seeds(kalonji )1/2 tsp

Carom seeds(Ajwain)1/2 tsp

Grated ginger1 tbsp

Chopped garlic 1/2 tbsp

Chopped Green Coriander leaves 1 tbsp

Add little bit water (it will help fillings to mix properly)

Method

In a bowl add Sattu then all stuffing  ingredients & mixed properly.Adjust ingredients as requirements.preheat oven 180 c/350f.now divide dough then roll  & put fillings as we do normally for kachori.,close properly .with help of a rolling pin or Palm flatten it .now put that kachori on a baking tray and baked turning both sides in between till it cooked properly.to make it crisp (apply little bit oil both side). put on broil mode for 2-3 min turning both sides.Serve with choice of chutney(mint-coriander/tamarind//peanut) with onion (optional)

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Inside Oven
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In process of Baking
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Broil Mode