This is a very authentic Indian recipe found on Indian menus the world over. It is served during formal dinners, festivals and weddings. Generally it is made with cream or 'malai' as it is called, but I have given a low calorie version which is equally tempting. Making it may sound tedious, but let me tell you it's worth the effort! Get ready to impress your loved ones, with this recipe you just can't go wrong!

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Ingredients

4
Original recipe yields 4 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
For the Koftas
For the Gravy

Directions

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  • Boil the mixed vegetables till soft. Drain, and allow to cool to room temperature. When cool, chop fine and set aside.

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  • Moisten the slices of bread with a little water and squeeze out the excess. Stir together the vegetables, bread, mashed potatoes, serrano, onion, ginger, cilantro, and salt. Form into 8 balls.

  • Heat oil in deep-fryer to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C).

  • Fry the koftas in the hot oil until golden brown. Drain on paper towels, and allow to cool to room temperature.

  • Make the gravy by melting the butter in a large saucepan over medium-high heat. Stir in the onions, ginger, garlic, ground coriander, turmeric, and garam masala; cook until the onions have softened. Mix in the tomato paste and cook for 5 minutes. Pour in the milk and season with salt; cook for 10 to 15 minutes more, stirring occasionally.

  • To serve, reheat the koftas in the gravy. Garnish with the cream and chopped cashews.

Nutrition Facts

470.7 calories; 9.6 g protein; 46.5 g carbohydrates; 40.6 mg cholesterol; 1541.1 mg sodium. Full Nutrition

Reviews (9)

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 4 stars
04/05/2007
I also had a problem with the kofta being too soft. I did not moisten the bread and I allowed the potatoes and vegetables to dry before mashing/chopping them. When I went to fry the first batch they disintegrated in the oil and were not salvagable. I devised this fix: I added 1 beaten egg to the remaining mixture (I had enough remaing for about 2 dozen more balls) and baked the balls in a 400 degree oven on a well greased sheet pan with more oil lightly sprayed over the top of them. They baked for about 30 minutes and when cool were just firm enough to stir into gravy. The gravy by the way was outstanding on its own - would be great with paneer or chicken too. I used an 8 oz can of tomato sauce instead of paste. Served with basmati rice and Naan(recipe from this website). Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
07/25/2007
This was a MAJOR disappointment. I love this dish at restaurants and was really excited to try t at home. I substituted sliced almonds for the cashews in the gravy and added raisins. The gravy was really really good although it could have been a little spicier. In fact the gravy's the only reason I'm giving this more than 1 star. The koftas however were terrible. They fell completely apart in the fryer. Read More
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  • 3 star values: 3
  • 2 star values: 1
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Rating: 4 stars
04/05/2007
I also had a problem with the kofta being too soft. I did not moisten the bread and I allowed the potatoes and vegetables to dry before mashing/chopping them. When I went to fry the first batch they disintegrated in the oil and were not salvagable. I devised this fix: I added 1 beaten egg to the remaining mixture (I had enough remaing for about 2 dozen more balls) and baked the balls in a 400 degree oven on a well greased sheet pan with more oil lightly sprayed over the top of them. They baked for about 30 minutes and when cool were just firm enough to stir into gravy. The gravy by the way was outstanding on its own - would be great with paneer or chicken too. I used an 8 oz can of tomato sauce instead of paste. Served with basmati rice and Naan(recipe from this website). Read More
(22)
Rating: 4 stars
01/20/2009
The recipe is a great base to start with. I found that I had to increase the liquid for the "gravy" because the original recipe came out like a paste. So I added about 4 oz. of tomato sauce and increased the milk to 1 cup. I also added some white raisins to the "gravy" which really made it taste spectacular! As for the kofta balls I first diced up 1 1/2 potatoes into small cubes and cooked them until soft in lot's of Indian spices (such as tumeric masala...). Once the mashed potato mixture cooled I beat one egg and rolled the potato balls into the egg and then I fried them. They didn't fall apart at all this way! It was very tasty made this way... Read More
(14)
Rating: 4 stars
10/02/2006
I really liked this recipe especially the tomato sauce was delicious. However the Koftas itself were a bit too soft for my taste. Next time I would probably use a type of potato with a higher starch content (I had used red potatoes.) Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
03/31/2016
very tasty recipe.The koftas were a little too soft for me so I may not soak the bread next time and I will try it with fresh vegetables Thank you. Since that review I have made these several times but I now bake the koftas instead of frying them and they keep their shape much better. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
10/19/2006
Great flavor. Next time I will not soak the bread and will use tomato sauce rather than tomato paste for the gravy. This will make it more like the restaurants serve. Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
07/25/2007
This was a MAJOR disappointment. I love this dish at restaurants and was really excited to try t at home. I substituted sliced almonds for the cashews in the gravy and added raisins. The gravy was really really good although it could have been a little spicier. In fact the gravy's the only reason I'm giving this more than 1 star. The koftas however were terrible. They fell completely apart in the fryer. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
10/16/2011
I just made this for dinner tonight and it was delicious!! I didn't stick to the recipe completely I omitted Turmeric and did not use any bread in the koftas. They held up okay when I fried them but maybe I'll add an egg next time. Also I used tomato sauce instead of puree and I decided to puree the sauce when it cooled. I will definitely make this again!! Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
03/11/2018
The gravy is amazing and definitely worth making again. I had the same issue with the koftas as everyone else and eventually gave up. This is my 2nd time making it and maybe I'll try another recipe for those sometime in the future but I won't try the recipe for these koftas again. I'm saving the gravy for tomorrow to use with paneer and rice and saving the gravy recipe for use in the future. Read More
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Rating: 2 stars
02/22/2011
These were a nightmare to make. They crumbled in the fryer. We were very disappointed. I followed the recipe to the letter. The crumbled bits that we scooped from the fryer were delicious which made it even more disappointing that they did not hold together. Read More