Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Paneer Kofta



ofta is the dish, we generally order when we dine out. My mom and sister make great kofta gravies but I don't know why I stopped making them and started thinking that this is a restaurant dish. Long back when we were in India, we used to relish this dish very often. No need to say that it was always in restaurant. We love koftas but here in USA, I've tried this dish in several restaurants but I was always disappointed. Then I thought to try again at home. There are so many variations of Kofta. This time I made paneer kofta. There were two reasons behind it. First one.....the unopened milk can in the fridge was about to expire and I needed to use that asap. There were two ways to consume that, making yogurt or making paneer. I already had a big bowl of yogurt in the fridge.....so I opted for the second one. Second reason was....I already had boiled and mashed potatoes in the fridge...which also I wanted to consume sooner than later. Also I just recalled one more reason. It is LGSS_Paneer :)
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For Kofta
Grated Paneer - 2 cups
Boiled & grated potatoes - 1 cup
Mint - 2tsp chopped
Raisins - 18-20
Cashews - 10
Cornflour - 3 tbsp
All purpose flour - 1 tbsp
Salt - 3/4 tsp
Green chilli - 1 finely chopped
Cilantro leaves - 1 tbs finely chopped
Oil - for deep frying

For Gravy
Onion - 1 medium
Tomatoes - 4 medium
Oil - 3 tbsp
Cumin seeds - 1 tsp
Asafoetida - 1/8 tsp
Ginger garlic paste - 1 tsp
Yogurt - 2 tbsp
Red chilli powder - 1/2 tsp
Turmeric powder - 1/2 tsp
Salt - 3/4 tsp
Garam masala - 1/2 tsp
Coriander powder - 3/4 tsp
Kasori methi - a handful

First make the kofta. Keep 1/4 cup paneer aside to make the stuffing. Mix potatoes and paneer. Add cornstarch and all purpose flour into it. Add cilantro, salt, green chilli and make a dough. Divide this dough into 18 equal parts.
In another bowl mix together 1/4 cup paneer, raisins, cashews and mint.
Grease the palms and take one portion of the dough. Flat this ball on the Palm and fill the stuffing. Make ball again and seal it properly. Do the same in rest of the dough.
Deep fry the koftas till golden at medium heat.


Serve the Koftas as Appetizer or as a main dish  in the gravy.

To make Gravy add oil in a pan. When oil is hot add cumin seeds and asafoetida. Add ginger garlic paste. 
Add chopped onions and fry till golden brown. Add tomato paste and yogurt.
Add turmeric powder, salt, red chilli powder and coriander powder.Cook it well for about 10 mins. When oil leaves the sides add water and let it boil for another few minutes. Add kasori methi and mix well.
Preheat the oven at 300 F. Arrange the koftas in the oven proof dish and pour the gravy on the kofts. Keep it in the oven for 10 mins so that the koftas absorb some of the gravy. Serve hot.


  1. This is an absolutely tempting gravy dear!!! The koftas too are simply perfect & crispy!!!
    Prathima Rao
    Prats Corner

  2. Lipsmacking kofta curry,simply inviting..

  3. your paneer koftas are just right and I loved the perfectly round balls. Yummy!

  4. I loved your Paneer Koftas, though I make Malai Koftas in almost a similar way, just with an extra addition of khoya to the koftas. I enjoyed your mint addition for the flavour...lovely! :)

  5. Thanks for visting my space Vatsala!! I love Paneer kofta curry and yours look so fabulous :)

  6. Yummy yummy koftas ..and the gravy is just perfect..Great flavors!!

  7. Yum...looks so delish ....bookmarked it

  8. wow paneer kofta looks very inviting and delicious !!
    Updated my paneer frankie link and sent an email

  9. Love paneer kofta curry anytime and urs looks so rich and delicious...

  10. yummy paneer koftas..lovely presentation too..

  11. wow, looks super delicious..yummy koftas..

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  12. Delicious and mouthwatering curry perfect with rice:)

  13. Very nice recipe,should be really yummy! Paneer is my all time favorite and thumbs up for all the recipes using it!

  14. So right! This's one of the dishes we order while dining out. You have done a wonderful job in making them at home. Looks simply delish!

  15. Kofta curry looks very delicious.U have a very nice blog:)



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