Paneer Kofta

Let’s go vegetarian for a day, my mind said. I listened and gave this North Indian classic a chance. Obviously, whenever we make some classic dish we try to stay as true to the original recipe as possible. Still I made some changes, but trust me it didn’t affect the taste. 

I will advice you to try this if you like a sweet tinge to your food. Spicy, sweet and rich affair of dumplings made of cottage cheese ( paneer), creamy rich gravy. Perfect to go with rice or Indian flat bread. 

Things you will need –

  • For dumplings –
  1. Paneer ( cottage cheese)- grated
  2. Cardamom powder 
  3. Cumin powder 
  4. Coriander powder 
  5. Red chilli powder (optional)
  6. Chat masala ( if you dont have go for dried mango powder)
  7. Sugar
  8. Salt and pepper 
  9. Resins ( my secret )
  10. Corn flour
  11. Bread- crust removed and moistened by milk
  • For the gravy-
  1. Onion- diced
  2. Tomato- diced
  3. Green chilli 
  4. Ginger garlic paste 
  5. Bay leaves
  6. Oil 
  7. Cumin powder 
  8. Coriander powder
  9. Red chilli powder ( well it’s going to be spicy)
  10. Turmeric powder 
  11. Tomato ketchup 
  12.  Kasuri methi ( fenugreek leaves)
  13. Fresh cream or milk 

How to make it…

  • Mix grated paneer, spices, resins, corn flour together. And mix breads to make a dough. 
  • Make small dumplings.
  • Roll in corn flour, fry in oil, till golden and keep on tissue paper .
  • Boil, onions, green chilli, and tomatos. And make puree. 
  • In a pan, heat oil, put bay leaves. Add ginger, garlic paste. 
  • Add the puree, stir till t leaves oil on the margins. 
  • Add, ketchup, dry spices and fry till the raw smell goes away. 
  • Add water. Bring to boil. 
  • Add fenugreek leaves, fresh cream , bring to boil
  • Put off the flame, add the dumplings. 
  • Let it cool till room temperature. Garnish with coriander leaves and cream. 

NB: I didn’t mention the amount of spices you will need because in Indian  cooking it depends on your perception.

So please try this and do let me know how did it turned out. 


2 Comments Add yours

    1. abhisdiary91 says:

      thank you Tabassum for taking out time, and giving it a read. Do try out the recipe and let me know.


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