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December 21, 2008

Low Fat Malai Kofta




I have always been reluctant to make Malai kofta for two reasons. firstly, it is deep fried and very rich. Secondly, it is time consuming. When I came across Redchillies recipe, I was tempted to try it out because it doesn't involve any deep frying. Isn't it a brilliant idea to use Kuzhipaniyaram(Appe) Pan for cooking the koftas? I also checked out Laavanya's recipe and combined both their versions.

I did not add potatoes to my kofta. Instead I used bread. Of course there was some compromise in taste.

Ingredients:
For Koftas(Measurements can be changed according to your taste):
Bread slices-3 or potatoes(cooked, peeled and mashed)-2
Fresh grated paneer-1/2 cup
Very finely chopped cabbage-1/4 cup
Coriander leaves chopped-a handful
Grated carrot(optional)-2 tsp
Salt
Turmeric powder-a pinch
Red chilli powder-1/4 tsp
Coriander powder-1/2 tsp
Kitchen king masala or garam masala powder-1/2 tsp

For Gravy:
Oil-2 tbsp
Cloves-3
Cinnamon-2 inch stick
Cardamom-2
Star Anise-2(crushed)
Jeera-1 tsp
Ginger chopped-1 tsp
Garlic chopped-3 pods
Almonds(soaked in water for 15 minutes) or cashews-12
Onion chopped-1 medium sized
Tomatoes chopped-3
Salt
Turmeric powder-1/4 tsp
Red chilli powder- as per taste
Coriander powder-1 tsp
Kitchen king masala powder(optional)-1 tsp
Garam masala powder-1/2 tsp
Milk(I used 1% fat)-1 cup
Coriander leaves-to garnish



Method:
To make the koftas:
If you are using bread slices, drench each slice in water and gently squeeze excess water. Mix with rest of the ingredients and make small balls. If the mixture is too dry(when using bread), add 1 tsp of water and make balls. Heat kuzhipaniyaram(Appe) pan. Add 2-3 drops of oil in each hole. Place the balls and cook on both sides till golden brown. Set aside.

If you are using mashed potatoes, mix them with rest of ingredients listed above and roll the mixture in bread crumbs and then shallow fry in the appe pan.

To make the gravy:
Heat oil in a wide pan. Add jeera and let it crackle. Add cloves, cinnamon, star anise, cardamom and fry for a few seconds. Add chopped ginger, garlic and onions. Sprinkle little salt. Fry till the onions are cooked and turn brown. Add tomatoes, some more salt and all the spice powders. Fry for a few minutes until tomatoes turn soft. Allow the mixture to cool. Grind it with almonds to a smooth paste. Put the mixture on the stove again. Add milk and heat it for 5 minutes. Add kofta balls and simmer for 2 minutes. Garnish with coriander leaves and serve with rotis or nans.

56 comments:

  1. The Malai kofta looks so inviting and they seem to be simple to make.now am tempted to try them.

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  2. Delicious!! Attractive click and recipe..

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  3. I love the even colouring on your koftas and I agree that this is a fabulous method. Looks awesome.. hope you liked it.

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  4. The appam pan seems very versatile... just makes me wanna own one soon.
    Kofta looks very neat!

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  5. Kanna,
    Your Malai Koofta is inviting, awesome.Click is outstanding, great job, well done.
    Appa

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  6. kofta looks awesome :)
    tempted to try it out.

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  7. gud idea of using bread...will try out soon..ur gravy is soo attractive and perfect...

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  8. Good idea and looks so tempting!Pictures are really good and neat!

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  9. Thanks again dear Mahima and so glad you liked it. The picture of the malai kofta looks awesome.

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  10. Yummy koftas! tempting pics.

    I need a favor from ya. Can ya tell me how to write the post name on the pictures? Sorry for bothering you.

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  11. I too liked the appam pan recipe! Your malai kofta looks terrific, Mahimaa:)

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  12. Wow mahima its so creamy and delish... idho ippove odi varen vachu vai....
    This wk sure this ll my side dish for paratha....

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  13. as usual superb click.... udane sapidanum pola irrukku...

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  14. Great idea also very interesting one...gravy looks creamy n delicious...awesome click Mahi!!

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  15. Kanna,
    Your blog looks great with a new look
    Appa

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  16. These look so perfect...Delicious...bookmarked this to try ASAP

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  17. LOoks delicious & mouthwatering.. kalakku.. mouthwatering...great click..

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  18. awesome pictures..looks tempting..

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  19. Brilliant idea isn't. It looks beautiful and I bet very tasty as well.

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  20. The dish looks so rich and creamy, still low fat, yum :)

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  21. hey mahima, you changed the template ..it looks wonderful.. Nice photos.. kofta curry looks very delicious & healthy too

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  22. Actually it doesnot look low fat at all!

    If my kids saw those koftas, u would not have any left for the gravy. They just love it.:-)

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  23. I didn't check your site for 2 days and look how many recipes have sprung up!!!

    This looks SO rich and delicious.

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  24. Perfect Koftas.I think you r recreating all bookmarked recipes-looks VERY PERFECT.The pic makes it more and more inviting.-very restaurant presentation.Nobody will think that it is low fat and made in appe pan.Perfection at its best.

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  25. The malai kofta looks delicious, I have been wanting to try this since I saw it on Red Chillies and Laavanya's blogs too, now I am more keen to try it....also instead of soda you can try and use 2 1/2 tsp of baking powder it may work that way as well, but just to let you know baking powder is also supposed to contain baking soda so you may not be avoiding it entirely you can check this fact out for yourself too if you want!

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  26. the malai koftas are mouth watering...great clicks!

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  27. you make good use of your appe pan:)) nice idea. I look for such recipes.

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  28. First time I saw it in RC's blog. I was tempted to give it a try. But only issue is that I don't have appe pan and frying puts me off totally. I searched for those pans here not available.. :( Anyways your looks delicious. Pics drool worthy :D Loved the way you made it

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  29. Oh that wonderful pan of yours,wish I had it too,low fat koftas look so tempting:)

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  30. KANNA,
    I THINK THE APPAM PAN HAS BECOME POPULAR/ESSENTIAL NOW AND ATLEAST 30 PANS ARE REQUIRED FOR YOUR BLOGGER COMMUNITY
    APPA

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  31. Malai kofta looks so scrumptious. Have bookmarked it for its low fat version. YUM! YUM!

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  32. this is such a lovely recipe...koftas look so pretty!! will have to get this appam pan soon:)

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  33. dear friends, thanks a lot for ur compliments. it is very encouraging.

    Appa, thanks for your comments on my blog look.

    Those who don't have appam pan can look for it in cvs pharmacy.. i found it there :)

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  34. Definitely a brilliant idea to use an appam pan to make koftas.

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  35. Appam pan in CVS pharmacy sounds cool,I also spotted them in desi stores,but they are very costly yaar.Anyway I was talking about the appam pan in which you roasted the koftas:)

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  36. What a lovely recipe, Mahimaa, and it's great that you've substituted the potatoes with bread, and used an appam pan instead of deep-frying the koftas. The finished dish looks just gorgeous.

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  37. very perfect malai kofta. photos are inviting.

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  38. ooh, look fabulous and delicious.

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  39. Mahimaa This is really very healthy and innovative. Great job. I really appreciate this fantablous method. I will think of kofta and i will think twice since it is deepfried , will surely try this recipe.

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  40. Wowww thats a real healthy version of Malai Kofta......it looks soooooooooo appetizing.....want to try this soon...

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  41. I also saw both the versions and yours now is definitely tempting me try them as soon as possible. I think we can also use whole wheat bread to make it even more healthy. With all the spices and flavoring, I'm sure we won't be tasting the whole wheat bread at all.

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  42. looks so yummy, mahi. I usually stay away from deep fried stuff and this is such a nuch idea. It doesn't look like there is any compromise in the taste either.

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  43. The Malai Kofta looks so perfect and inviting. Will definitely try using bread, its a great idea.

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  44. Yes, not having to deep fry is a huge plus for us.

    Thanks for adding us as a friend on Foodbuzz. We welcome you to come visit our site!

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  45. So u made a bread koftas! It is sure heavenly delicious Mahi :)

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  46. Hey Mahimaa,

    Thanks for your very quick response for my card..!

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  47. Hi mahimaa,
    first time in ur blog...snaps r too catchy and tempting eager to try:)

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  48. Wow,what a healthy dish ya..Its healthy as well as yummy..

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  49. Wish you a happy new year! May all your dreams come true.

    cheers
    Vij

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  50. Wow, first time visitor here, I love your blog...:)
    I got to try your low fat Malai Kofta....:))

    Manali.
    http://manaliscravings.blogspot.com/

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  51. Onl today i am seeing this malai kofta love the pictures so much and low fat yumm i will do this next time

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  52. i love the way you present your dishes, it looks so yum. but could you plz tell me wht is appe pan.

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  53. Hi, I tried this yesterday for a dinner Party and it came out fantastic! I used potatoes instead of bread and simply pan fried the koftas in a non stick pan - not a drop of oil! Only mistake I did was to let them soak for too long in the curry, so it was a bit soft. Otherwise, the taste was great!
    Thanks,
    Priya

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