Cheese Malai Kofta

Cheese Malai Kofta | How to make Cheese Malai Kofta

Cheese Malai Kofta recipe with step by step pictures

What is cheese malai kofta?

Cheese malai kofta is melt in mouth dumplings which have oozing cheese along with the flavors of black and white pepper and kick of red chili flakes, cooked in a flavorsome and smooth gravy. Cheese malai kofta can be served with butter naan or lachcha paratha etc. Cheese kofta is one kofta that is sure to please one and all, be it, kids or adults. And always make some extra koftas as some are sure to go in the stomach before going in the gravy.

Let’s talk about the ingredients for Cheese Malai Kofta Recipe

For cheese, kofta boiled and grated potatoes and crumbled cottage cheese (paneer) have been used. To give binding to the koftas corn flour has been used. The koftas have been flavored with black and white pepper which complements the cheese stuffed in the koftas. For the gravy of cheese malai kofta onions and tomatoes have been used. The gravy has been flavored with ginger and garlic. Apart from that cashews and heavy cream add much richness to Cheese Malai Kofta.

Other malai kofta recipes which you may like  are malai kofta in white gravy, restaurant-style malai kofta, no onion no garlic malai kofta.

How to make Cheese Malai Kofta

Preparation time  15 minutes
Cooking time  45 minutes
Total time  60 minutes
Serves/Makes  4 persons

Ingredients for Cheese Malai Kofta

To make koftas

  • 1 cup mashed potato
  • ½ cup mashed cottage cheese (paneer)
  • 1 tsp red chili flakes
  • ½ tsp freshly ground black peppercorns (sabut kali mirch)
  • ½ tsp white pepper powder
  • Salt
  • 2 tbsp corn flour + corn flour to roll koftas
  • Processed cheese cubes
  • Oil for frying

To make gravy

  • 2 tbsp oil
  • 1 cup onion, chopped
  • 4-5 garlic cloves
  • 1-inch ginger, chopped
  • 2-3 chilies
  • ¼ cup broken cashew (kaju tukda)
  • 1 cup tomatoes, chopped
  • 1 tbsp butter
  • 1 tsp red chili powder
  • 1 tsp garam masala powder
  • 2 tsp coriander powder
  • ½ tsp turmeric powder
  • ¼ cup of water
  • ¼ cup yogurt (dahi), well whisked
  • ¼ cup heavy cream or as much required
  • 1 tbsp fenugreek leaves (Kasuri methi)

How to make cheese malai kofta

To make kofta

  1. Collect all ingredients for kofta except oil, i.e. 1 cup boiled and mashed potatoes, ½ cup mashed cottage cheese (paneer), salt to taste, 1 tsp red chili flakes, ½ tsp freshly ground black pepper and ½ tsp white pepper powder and 2 tbsp corn flour. (Tip: Be careful while adding salt as we will be stuffing the koftas with cheese which is quite salty.)
  2. Mix everything well and form a kind of dough
  3. Take a portion of the mixture and spread it and place a cube of processed cheese
  4. Seal and form a ball. Roll the ball in corn flour
  5. Heat enough oil. Fry koftas on medium flame turning occasionally for even cooking, till they are golden brown

To make gravy

  1. Heat 1 tbsp oil. Add 1 cup chopped onions
  2. Cook till onions turn translucent
  3. Add 4-5 garlic cloves and cook for 1 minute
  4. Add 1 cup chopped tomatoes. Add in a little salt. (Tip: Salt helps in cooking the tomatoes fast)
  5. Cook till tomatoes are soft and mushy
  6. Add ¼ cup broken cashews, 1 inch chopped ginger and 2-3 green chilies. Cook for 2 minutes
  7. Let the mixture cool down. Transfer to grinder jar
  8. Make a fine and smooth paste
  9. Heat 1 tbsp butter. (Tip: Do not heat the butter on high flame, it would burn. Else add 1 tsp oil and then add butter, this will prevent burning of butter)
  10. Add spices i.e. 1 tsp red chili powder, 2 tsp coriander powder, 1 tsp garam masala powder, ½ tsp turmeric powder. Cook on low flame for 30 seconds
  11. Add prepared paste
  12. Cook till oil oozes
  13. Add ¼ cup whisked yogurt 
  14. Cook till oil oozes. (Tip: It is important to cook yogurt properly. If it remains undercooked the taste of gravy will be ruined.)
  15. Add ¼ cup water or as much required
  16. Add salt to taste. Check seasoning and consistency
  17. Add 1/4 cup heavy cream 
  18. Add 1 tbsp dried fenugreek leaves
  19. For serving, add koftas to gravy and simmer for two minutes. This will help the cheese melt
  20. Serve hot with garlic butter naan. Bon appétit


  • You can use mozzarella cheese instead of processed cheese. Keep a check on the size of the cube used as the filling, it should not be too big.
  • Instead of cubes you can grate cheese and make small balls.
  • To balance the flavors of the gravy you can add little sugar or ketchup in the gravy.
  • You can reduce quantity of heavy cream, as per taste and daily calories budget ;).
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