Saturday, October 6, 2012

How to make Malai Kofta Gravy - Recipe for Malai Kofta Gravy

Malai kofta is pure north-indian dish. This is very good combination for rotti, paratha and jeera rice. Kids would love this as this gravy is very creamy. Let us see how to make this gravy.

Ingredients for Kofta:

Usually we can make malai kofta with all vegetables like potato, carrots, beans, cauli flower, cabbage etc.I used potato here.

Potato(boiled mash potato) - 1 cup
Mashed Paneer - 1 cup
Green chilli - 2 (chopped)
Cummin Powder - 1/4 tsp
Coriander powder - 1/4 tsp
Minced fried cashews  - 2 tsp
Salt to taste
Coriander leaves - some

For Batter
All purpose flour - 1/4 cup
Water - 4 tsp
Oil to fry

Ingredients for gravy:

1. Oil - 4 tsp
2. Onion -2 small (chopped)
3. Tomato - 2 medium (chopped)
4. Ginger garlic paste - 1 tsp
5. Green chilli - 2
6. Coriander powder -2 tsps
7. Turmeric - 1/4 tsp
8. Red chilli powder - 1/2 tsp
9. Garam masala - 1/4 tsp
10. All purpose flour - 1 tsp
11. Cream - 1/4 cup or milk - 200 grams


1.Cumin seeds
2. Asafoedita (hing) powder - 1/4 tsp
3. Coriander leaves - some

Kofta Method

1. Take a bowl, add all kofta ingredients and mix it properly. (Just like how we prepare chapathi batter)
2. Now divide the mixture into small ball shape or oval shape as you like.
3. In a bowl, add all purpose flour with 4 tsps of water.Mix it well until the batter become smooth.
4. Now heat the oil in a fry pan (medium heat).
5. Once the oil is ready, just dip the kofta ball into the batter & put it in the oil. Fry the koftas until it becomes golden brown. Fry all the koftas until it becomes golden color and keep it aside.


1. Heat 2 tsps of oil in a kadai and add the onion. Fry the onion until it becomes soft. Then add the ginger garlic paste, fry it nicely. After 3 mins add coriander powder and turmeric. Fry it together.
2. Now add the chopped tomatoes. Fry the tomatoes until it becomes soft. Switch off the stove now and cool this mixture for 10 mins.
3. After 10 mins, transfer this mixture into a blunder and grind it nicely. (like a puree)
4. Now heat 2 tsps of oil in a pan. add the cumin seeds. Allow the cumin seeds to crackle and then add the blended mixture into it. Allow the mixture to cook about 10 mins in medium heat.
5. After 10 mins, the gravy will become half in quantity. Now add the milk and all purpose flour in a bowl and mix it together.
6. Just add this milk and flour mix to the gravy and mix it well. The all purpose flour will give thickness to the gravy so add 1 cup of water and mix it well. Cook this mixture about 5 mins in a medium flame.
7. After 5 mins, add chopped green chilli, garam masala, some salt, minced fried cashews, coriander leaves. Mix it well and cook for a minute. That's it gravy is ready now.
8. Koftas are usually very soft and they should be added the gravy when you are ready to serve. Otherwise it may get broken into pieces.
9. Koftas also will expand in size when you are adding to gravy because it will observe the water in the gravy. so add them when gravy is ready to serve.

That's it the yummy malai kofta is ready now !!


When you are making kofta ball remember to squeeze the water from the boiled vegetables otherwise koftas won't come in good shape. After squeezing also if you think there is some water, you can add some breadcrumbs. It will observe the water.

Monday, October 1, 2012

How to make Crispy Vegetable Pakora - Recipe for Crispy Vegetable Indian Pakora, Crispy South-Indian Vegetable Pakoda

Vegetable pakora is very good south-indian snack that can be made in no time. It is also healthy appetizer as it can pretty much any vegetables. Usually kids won't like all vegetables. So we can add the vegetables in the pakora mixture. With crispy in nature kids should not have any problem in having this. One of the best appetizers to be made on a romantic rainy evening :)


Besan flour (kadali mavu) - 1 cup
Rice flour - 1 cup
Fennel seeds - 1 tsp
Crushed coriander seeds - 1 tsp
Garlic (chopped) - 1 tsp
Red chilli powder - 1/2 tsp
Asafodita powder(Hing) - 1/4 tsp
salt to taste
Oil to fry/


Onion - 1 medium (cut in length wise)
Green bell pepper - 1/2 (cut in length wise)
Carrot - 1  (cut in length wise, small thin slices)
Potato -1 medium
Cauli flower - 1 cup (cut in small pieces)
Curry and coriander leaves - some
Green chillies - 2 chopped

Method of preparation

1. Take a big bowl and add all the vegetables listed above. Add the salt & red chilli powder into the vegetables. Mix it well. Leave this mixture for 5 mins.
2. After 5 minutes, add the rice and besan flour, fennel seeds, coriander powder, garlic, hing powder into the veggie bowl and mix it well.
3. Now add 3 to 4 tsps of water into the mixture and mix it well. Don't add too much water otherwise it will not be crispy.
4. The batter should be like in this picture. 
5.  Now heat the oil in a medium flame and put the pakora's as you like. Fry it both sides nicely.
Once it turns into golden colour, take it off from the oil.

That's it..

Best combination:

  • Coconut chutney
  • Ketchup
  • Maggi sweet

How to make Vegetable Fried Rice - Recipe for south-indian vegetable fried rice

Today's special is south-indian vegetable fried rice. This is one of my favorite variety rices.


1. Basmati rice - 1 cup.
2. Onion - 1 small (cut in length wise)
3. Green beans  1/4 cup (finally chopped)
4. Carrot - 1/4 cup (cut in lengthwise and finally chopped)
5. cabbage - 1/2 cup (cut in lengthwise and finally   chopped)
6. Peas - 1/2 cup
7. Bell pepper - 1/4 cup
8. White pepper powder - 1 tsp
9. Oil - 2 tsp
10.Coriander leaves
11.Salt to taste

Method of preparation:

1. Soak the basmati rice for about 30 mins. Add some salt and cook the rice with one and half water. Once the rice is cooked, cool the rice. 
2.Transfer the cooked white rice into big bowl(basin) and sprinkle 1 or 2 spoons of oil so the rice won't be sticky.
3. Heat the oil in the medium non-stick pan. Add the onion, cook it for a minute and then add green beans and some salt.
4. Green beans will take sometimes so cook it for 2 minutes and then add chopped carrot and green peas. Once the carrot and peas got softer, add the bell pepper & cabbage. Mix it well and cook for a minute.
5. Now add the rice, coriander leaves and pepper powder. Mix it gently. Fry the rice for a minute. It will give good smell to the rice.

Now the authentic south indian veg fried rice is ready to be served..If you like more spicy, add more pepper powder as per your needs.

Best companion:

Fruits and nuts raita is very good combination for this rice.

Click here to see how to make fruits and nuts raita.


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