Vegetable Malai Kofta Curry Recipe (Non Fried)
Vegetable Malai Kofta Curry Recipe (Non Fried) is a healthy version of the traditional dish that is a specialty of Northern India. The curry has small vegetable balls known as Kofta's that are usually fried before adding it to the spicy gravy. In this recipe, I have shown you a method of how you can make your Kofta's healthy without deep frying them. Serve the delicious Vegetable Kofta Curry with Rice Dish of your choice. You can also serve these pan fried Vegetable Malai Kofta Curry Recipe as an appetizer for your parties.
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Ingredients for Vegetable Malai Koftas
- 2 Potatoes (Aloo) , boiled and mashed
- 1 Carrot (Gajjar) , chopped and steamed
- 1 cup Green peas (Matar) , steamed
- 1 cup Cauliflower (gobi) , florets, steamed
- Salt , to taste
- 1/2 teaspoon Cumin powder (Jeera)
- 2 tablespoons Gram flour (besan)
- 1/2 cup Whole Wheat Bread crumbs
- Sunflower Oil , for pan frying Ingredients to be ground into a paste
- 2 Onions , roughly chopped
- 2 cloves Garlic
- 1 inch Ginger
- 2 Green Chillies , roughly chopped
- 5 Cashew nuts Other Ingredients for Kofta Curry
- 2 cups Homemade tomato puree
- 1/2 teaspoon Coriander Powder (Dhania)
- 1/2 teaspoon Garam masala powder
- 1/4 teaspoon Turmeric powder (Haldi)
- 1/2 teaspoon Kasuri Methi (Dried Fenugreek Leaves)
- Salt , to taste
- Fresh cream , for garnishing
- Sunflower Oil , for cooking
How to make Vegetable Malai Kofta Curry Recipe (Non Fried)
To begin making the Vegetable Malai Kofta Curry Recipe, we will first make the kofta balls.
Add all the steamed vegetables into the food processor, along with the gram flour, salt and cumin powder. Pulse to make a coarse kofta dough mixture. Check the salt and adjust to suit your taste.
Shape the kofta dough into bite-size lemon balls and keep them aside. (About 8 to 10).
If you plan to use the Oven to bake the kofta's; then place the kofta balls on a greased baking sheet. Brush the kofta balls with some oil and bake in a preheated oven (200 C) until the koftas turn golden brown in colour. Remove the kofta's from the oven once baked and keep them aside.
If you plan to use the Kuzhipaniyaram Pan; then place the kofta balls in the pan's cavities; drizzle the kofta's with a little oil and pan fry them until golden brown on both sides. You will have to flip the kofta balls so they fry on all sides evenly.
The next step is to make the Kofta Curry
Heat a tablespoon of oil in a heavy bottomed pan; add onion-ginger-garlic paste. Saute until the raw smell goes away. Add in the pureed tomatoes and the remaining ingredients for the gravy and simmer for 10 minutes until the tomatoes are cooked and the gravy is thickened.
Once the Vegetable Malai Kofta gravy has thickened, add in the pan fried Vegetable Kofta Balls and simmer for another couple of minutes.
Transfer the Vegetable Malai Kofta Curry into a serving bowl, garnish by drizzling with fresh cream and coriander leaves.
Serve the delicious Vegetable Kofta Curry with Rice Dish of your choice. You can also serve these pan fried vegetable balls as an appetizer for your parties.