mearl223 On November - 4 - 2009

Paneer Kofta Curry

A festive medium-spicy creamy gravy with rich stuffed dumplings of cottage cheese/paneer and nuts.




PrepTime 20mins – Cook Time 15mins – Serves 4




Ingredients :

For the koftas:
3 medium size potatoes
1 cup finely chopped/ grated paneer
2 bread slices – edges off
1/2 cup crushed mixed dried-fruits & nuts: cashews, almonds & raisins
salt to taste
1 tbsp sugar
2 chopped green chilis
1/2 tsp cumin pwd
1/2 tsp pepper pwd
1/2 tsp turmeric pwd
1/2 tsp cardamom pwd
oil to deep fry dumplings

For the gravy:
1 medium onion – minced
2 cups tomato puree/paste
1 tbsp garam masala
1 tbsp whole garam masala – some cardamom, cinnamon, cumin, pepper, dried red chilis.
1 tsp red chili pwd
1/2 cup thick cooking cream
2 green chilies chopped
1/4 cup cashewnut pwd (optional)
1 tbsp garlic-ginger paste
1/4 cup grated paneer
2tbsp cooking oil
salt to taste
1 tbsp sugar


Cooking Instructions:

For the koftas:

1. To make the kofta-filling, mix together half cup grated paneer, nuts, raisins, green chilies, cardamom pwd, pepper pwd, cumin pwd, sugar & salt – Knead with little water & form 8 equal size balls of the mixture.

2. Boil, peel & mash the potatoes.

3. Add 1/2 cup paneer, the bread & salt to it & bind them together with little water to form a smooth dough – split this into 8 parts.

4. Greese your palms with a little oil to avoid the dough sticking to your hands while formingĀ  the koftas.

5. Take each part in your palm, flatten it, place a filling ball in it & close the filling ball well to form a stuffed dumpling.

6. Heat oil in a deep pan/ kadai & deep-fry koftas to an even brown color on medium heat – Drain & set aside.


For the gravy:

1. Heat oil in a saucepan & crackle whole garam masala in it before frying in the onions.

2. Add garlic-ginger paste & chopped green chilies and fry for 2mins.

3. Add tomato puree – fry well.

4. Then add the powder spices, sugar & salt – fry well.

5. Add grated paneer & cashew pwd with a little water, bring to a boil & then simmer for 6mins.

6. Add the beaten cream 2 tbps at a time, stirring gently continuously.

7. Add sugar & simmer for 2-3 mins till desired consistency is reached.

8. Immerse koftas in the gravy & take it off the stove – Don’t boil them in the gravy. Serve hot.

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