Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Paneer-Malai Kofta - International Dumpling Incident

Time for the next International Party! This time since it is on Dumplings I decided to prepare one of my favourites. Paneer-Malai Kofta/ Cottage Cheese-Fresh Cream Dumplings another North Indian Classic served best with butter naan. A recipe from my files, that I havent prepared since a long time.
We are celebrating a lot of birthdays this time, including mine.
Paneer-Malai Kofta
Serves 7koftas
For Koftas
250gms grated paneer
2small boiled potatoes
2tbs white flour
2green chillies chopped
1tbs coriander chopped
1/2tsp garam masala
1tbs malai/fresh cream
7 seedless white raisins/kishmish
salt to taste

For Gravy
2tbs of freshly grated/dessicated coconut
2big onions-chopped
1green chilli-chopped
1dry red chilli-broken
1/2 tsp cumin
1/2 inch ginger-chopped
1tbs cashew
1tsp coriander powder
2tbs ghee
2small tomatoes-pureed
3-4tbs cream
1/4tsp garam masala
salt to taste

  • Grate boiled potatoes. Add paneer, flour, green chillies, coriander, salt and garam masala.
  • Mix well and roll into 7 balls.
  • Flatten each ball, put some fresh cream and a raisin in each ball.
  • Cover it again and roll back into a ball and roll in some flour.
  • Deep fry and keep aside.

  • Soak the poppy seeds, add cashew and grind to a paste
  • Grind onion to a paste.
  • Heat ghee in a pan, add coconut, green and red chilli, cumin seeds, poppy-cashew paste and coriander powder together.
  • Add onion paste and cook on low heat.
  • Add the tomato puree and cook till the ghee separates.
  • Add 1 cup water and give it a boil, there should be no raw taste of onions or tomatoes.
  • Add salt and garam masala.
  • Keep on low heat for a few minutes. Add cream, mix well.
  • Add the koftas before serving.
  • Serve hot with Butter Naan.
Special Birthday wishes to
Mardi of ELTW – Happy 40th! Hugs & Kisses
Divina Pe of Sense & Serendipity
Pam of My Man’s Belly
Evelyne of Cheap Ethnic Eatz

At the party you will find-
Christine – Christine’s Recipes – Fried wontons with sweet & sour sauce
Mardi – Eat, Live, Travel, Write – It’s my birthday and you’re invited
Trix – Tasty Trix
Conor - Hold the Beef РZwetschkenkn̦del
Natasha – 5 Star Foodie – Pelmeni
Anges – Off the spork – Shanghai soup dumplings
Joanne – Second Helping – Dumplings three ways
Celeste – Berry Travels
Ahn – A food Lover’s Journey – Pan-fried savoury ’sticky’ dumplings
Cherry – Sweet Cherry Pie – Filipino Dumpling Soup or Pancit Molo
Tracey - Tangled Noodle – The Long and Winding Dumpling Road
Evelyne - Cheap Ethnic Eatz – Momos
Emma – Cake Mistress – Lovely Lumps: Golden Syrup Dumplings
Mark – Cafe Campana – Butterscotch Apple Dumplings
Cool Lassi(e) – Pan Gravy Kadai Curry- Deep Fried Lentil Dumpling in Yogurt Sauce
Ozoz – Kitchen Butterfly
Sharlene – Wheels and Lollipop
Ms Baklover - Footscray Food Blog – Pork wontons soup
Monkylicious – Adventures of food kind
Emily – No muss, no fuss kind of cooking!
Casey – Eating, Gardening & Living in Bulgari – Dim sum with dipping sauce

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  1. Shirley, I have to say this is a fantastic post! I think the ingredients are well used in this recipe. OMG, I just wanna to take a bite! Just one bite....Trust me just one bite! haha...
    Have a great day, dear!
    Best wishes,

  2. delicious,shirley,i'm drolling here,in the front of scene!

  3. I love that these kofta are made with paneer and not meat! I've never seen that before but it sounds delicious!

  4. I've never had these kinds of dumplings, they sound scrumptious and I can't wait to try them!

  5. Haven't seen this before, wonder how it taste like. Looks like it's quite labour intensive!

  6. Kofta with paneer. What a clever idea. Love it! I just made some paneer awhile ago. YUM

  7. wow !! so yummy !

    Yesterday I had ur chick pea crepes for breakfast . I cannot wait to try Paneer kofta !

  8. Wow...kofta with paneer. Very healthy and looks very delicious. Thanks for sharing.

  9. this looks yummy. I've never had an Indian dumplings before but having seen yours will definitely try.

  10. What an amazing combination of ingredients, to create such an interesting dish. Looks truly delicious, perfect for a cool evening.

  11. *gasp* Super excited to see this recipe. You have no idea how much I love Paneer-Malai Kofta.
    Happy Birthday for this month!

  12. Lovely looking kofta - and happy birthday!

  13. Love Indian food, they look so good! Tahnks for the bday wish and happy bday to you!

  14. U have some really wonderful recipes here and these Kofta are super!!
    I love Koftas and its not something dat we add to our meals but would love too:-))
    BDW, am a biggggggggggggg Winnie de Pooh fan too!!!!

  15. I love kofta, so clever of you to make them for the dumpling party! I don't think I would have thought of it. Happy birthday!!

  16. Shirley, these Indian dumplings look so tasty...great job :-)

  17. yum... I love paneer malai koftas.. :P And this prep seems simple, I'm going to try it.. Nice one Shirley!

  18. Beautiful dumplings,and happy birthday!

  19. Happy Birthday, Shirley, as well as to your other birthday celebrants. BTW: your recipes all look so good that I want to try them all. but there aren't enough meals in the week.

  20. Happy Birthday!!! These look very tasty. How did you kids like them! My dumplings were only popular with 50% of my children. Kids are such fickle creatures!

  21. Happy Birthday to you! I'm in love with your Koftas. Must add to my to-make list.

  22. Shirley, these are my favourite Indian restaurant menu item. Yours look divine! Well done.

  23. A belated Happy Birthday to you. Would never have thought of paneer in koftas. I bet they are as good as they sound.



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