Mawa Paneer Kofta Curry

This garam masala spiced Mawa Paneer Kofta Curry is the newly developed recipe in my kitchen. I’ve tried this several times before putting it here. I can assure you that, it’s a treat for vegetarians who love to eat paneer. Vegetarian or Non-vegetarian almost everybody loves paneer. So, this dish can be cooked or served for main course on any occasion. It’s a way better variation to your regular paneer kofta curry. Try this and let me know your experience with the dish. 🙂

If you want to make it with homemade fresh cottage cheese/paneer, you can check this recipe.

Mawa Paneer Kofta Curry
Mawa Paneer Kofta Curry

Mawa Paneer Kofta Curry

Ingredients

For Paneer Koftas

  • Paneer/Cottage cheese- 350g
  • Boiled potatoes- 3 medium sized
  • All-purpose flour/Maida- ¼ cup
  • Mawa/Khoya/Milk solids- ¼ cup (grated)
  • Roasted Cumin seeds powder- 2 tbsp (Dry fry the cumin seeds on medium flame, until fragrant. Care should be taken not to burn them. Grind using a mixer/grinder.)
  • Salt
  • Sugar- 1 tsp
  • Ginger- 1 tsp (finely chopped)
  • Garlic paste- 1 tsp
  • Kasuri methi- 1 tsp (powdered)
  • Raisins- 2 tbsp
  • Vegeatble oil for frying

For Mawa Curry

  • Onion paste of two medium sized onions
  • Ginger-garlic paste- 1 tbsp
  • Tomato puree- ¼ cup
  • Mawa/Khoya/Milk solids- ¼ cup (grated)
  • Cumin powder- 1 tsp
  • Coriander powder- 1 tsp
  • Kashmiri mirch powder- 1 tsp
  • Water- 1 ¼ cups
  • Powdered cashew nuts- 4 tbsp
  • Salt
  • Sugar- 1 tsp
  • Slitted green chillies- 2-3
  • Garam masala powder- ¼ tsp

For tempering

  • Bay leaf- 2
  • Whole dry red chilli- 1 (broken)
  • Green cardamom- 4 (roughly crushed)
  • Cinnamon- 1″ (two pieces)
  • Cloves- 4

Method

Making of Paneer Koftas

Mash fresh cottage cheese and boiled potatoes in a bowl. Next to add the other ingredients (except oil) mentioned ‘For Paneer Koftas’. Mix well.

Ingredients for Paneer Kofta
Ingredients for Paneer Kofta
Paneer kofta mixture
Paneer kofta mixture

When everything is incorporated; grease your palms with oil and start making small lemon sized balls from the paneer mixture.

Paneer koftas before frying
Paneer koftas before frying

Heat ½ cup oil in a kadai/deep frying pan (non stick preferably). Fry the koftas on medium flame until golden in color. Keep aside.

Golden brown Paneer koftas
Golden brown Paneer koftas

Air Fryer Method

Brush the air fryer basket with oil. And brush the koftas with oil too. Preheat the air fryer to 180 C. Bake the koftas for 15 minutes. Flip them after 7 minutes, which is in between the total time. Remove from the basket, when they turn golden brown in color.
I’ve baked half of the Koftas using air fryer and fried half of them, I didn’t find any significant difference in taste. Next time I’m going to bake them all using my air fryer.

Making of Mawa Curry

In the remaining oil (there should be 3-4 tbsp oil in the kadai to make the curry) add all the ingredients mentioned ‘for tempering’. Add the onion paste and sauté for a minute on medium flame. Next to add tomato puree, turmeric powder, salt, cumin powder, coriander powder, ginger-garlic paste, green chilies and kashmiri mirch powder. Mix well. Sauté this on medium flame until the masala starts leaving oil. Add water into this, mix well. Give this a quick boil on high flame. Lower the flame; add mawa, sugar and powdered cashew nuts. Mix well; cook the curry for 10 minutes on medium flame. Next to add the fried koftas. Mix gently and cook for 10-12 minutes on low flame. Add garam masala powder, mix well. Remove from heat.

Your ’Mawa Paneer Kofta Curry’ is ready to eat. Serve hot with Pulao, Fried rice, Naan or Parathas. Enjoy!

Mawa Paneer Kofta Curry
Mawa Paneer Kofta Curry

Note:

I used sugar in this recipe is to balance the whole taste. Using sugar in any dish doesn’t make it sweet, rather it enhance the taste of the dish.

Mawa Paneer Kofta Curry
Mawa Paneer Kofta Curry
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