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Paneer Veggie Kofta Curry recipe

Paneer Veggie Kofta Curry

by Leena Kohli (@leenakohli)
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Prep Time
10min
Cook Time
30min
Total Time
40min
IndianLunchDinnerSideVegetarian

Paneer Veggie Kofta Curry is a delicious, rich, creamy and comforting Indian dish that boasts soft and uffy kofta balls made from a mixture of grated paneer and mixed vegetables, making it nutritious and flavourful. Served hot with roti or naan, it’s a perfect meal for any occasion or a cozy dinner at home.

Ingredients

4 Servings

For Kofta

  • 200g
    Paneer (Cottage Cheese)(grated)
  • 1/4cup
    Capsicum (chopped & squeezed)
  • 1/4cup
    Carrot (chopped)
  • 1/4cup
    Onion(chopped & squeezed)
  • 1/2tsp
    Chilli flakes
  • 1/2tsp
    Oregano
  • 1/2tsp
    Chaat Masala
  • 1tsp
    Dry Mango Powder (Amchur)
  • 1tsp
    Cumin Seeds
  • 1tsp
    Coriander Powder
  • 1/2tsp
    Salt
  • 3tbsp
    All-purpose Flour (Maida)
  • Oil for Deep Frying

For Paste

  • 4tbsp
    Oil (divided)
  • 4
    Garlic Cloves
  • 1
    Mace (optional)
  • 1
    Green Chilli (chopped)
  • 1
    Onion (medium-sized)(sliced))
  • 12
    Almonds/Cashew
  • 2
    Tomato (roughly chopped)
  • 2tbsp
    Tomato Puree (optional)
  • 1/2cup
    Water

For Gravy

  • 1
    Black Cardamom
  • Cinnamon Stick (small piece)
  • 1tsp
    Cumin Seed
  • 1tsp
    Turmeric
  • 1tsp
    Red Chilli Powder
  • 1tsp
    Kashmiri Chilli Powder
  • 4tbsp
    Curd
  • 1tsp
    Coriander Powder
  • 1/2tsp
    Cumin Powder
  • 1/2tsp
    Garam Masala Powder
  • 1/2tsp
    Salt
  • 1cup
    Water
  • 2tbsp
    Cream
  • 1tbsp
    Kasuri Methi

Method

For Kofta

  1. In a mixing bowl, combine grated paneer, capsicum, carrot, onion, chilli flakes, oregano, chaat masala, dry mango powder, cumin seeds, coriander powder, salt and maida. Mix well and shape the mixture into small round or oval balls.

    Step 1.1: In a mixing bowl, combine grated paneer, capsicum, carrot, onion, chilli flakes, oregano, chaat masala, dry mango powder, cumin seeds, coriander powder, salt and maida
    Step 1.2: In a mixing bowl, combine grated paneer, capsicum, carrot, onion, chilli flakes, oregano, chaat masala, dry mango powder, cumin seeds, coriander powder, salt and maida
  2. Heat oil in a pan and deep fry the kofta balls till they turn golden brown.

    Step 1.1: Heat oil in a pan and deep fry the kofta balls till they turn golden brown
    Step 1.2: Heat oil in a pan and deep fry the kofta balls till they turn golden brown
  3. Drain them on a paper towel to remove excess oil.

    Step 1.1: 
Drain them on a paper towel to remove excess oil

For Paste

  1. Heat 1 tbsp of oil in a heavy-bottomed wok/pan on medium to high flame.

  2. Add garlic cloves, green chilli, and mace. Stir for a minute.

  3. Add the sliced onion and almonds and stir for 3-4 minutes until the onions become translucent.

    Step 2.1:  Add the sliced onion and almonds and stir for 3-4 minutes until the onions become translucent
  4. Add chopped tomatoes and tomato puree, mix nicely, and saute for 2-3 minutes. Add half a cup of water, simmer and cook for 4-5 minutes or until tomatoes are mushy.

    Step 2.1: Add chopped tomatoes and tomato puree, mix nicely, and saute for 2-3 minutes
    Step 2.2: Add chopped tomatoes and tomato puree, mix nicely, and saute for 2-3 minutes
    Step 2.3: Add chopped tomatoes and tomato puree, mix nicely, and saute for 2-3 minutes
  5. Transfer the mixture to a plate and cool.

  6. Grind the mixture in a grinder and make a smooth paste.

For Gravy

  1. Heat 2 tbsp of oil on medium to high flame in the same pan.

  2. Add black cardamom, cinnamon stick, and cumin seeds and let them crackle. Add turmeric and red chilli powder and kashmiri chilli powder and stir.

  3. Add the ground paste and mix. Keep stirring for 2-3 minutes.

    Step 3.1:  Add the ground paste and mix
  4. Add curd and stir for another minute.

    Step 3.1: Add curd and stir for another minute
  5. Add coriander powder, cumin powder, garam masala and salt. Stir and cook for 2-3 minutes or until oil comes to the surface.

    Step 3.1: Add coriander powder,  cumin powder, garam masala and salt
  6. Add water and bring the mixture to a boil. Reduce the heat and simmer for 5-6 minutes.

    Step 3.1:  Add water and bring the mixture to a boil
  7. Add cream and kasuri methi and mix well. Taste the gravy and adjust the seasoning as necessary.

    Step 3.1:  Add cream and kasuri methi and mix well
    Step 3.2:  Add cream and kasuri methi and mix well
  8. Add the fried kofta balls to the gravy and simmer for 2-3 minutes.

    Step 3.1: Add the fried kofta balls to the gravy and simmer for 2-3 minutes
  9. Garnish with chopped coriander leaves and serve hot with roti or naan.

Tips & Tricks

  1. You can prepare and store the gravy and paneer balls separately in advance until ready to serve.

  2. Heat the gravy before serving; add some water to adjust the consistency. Then gently add the koftas.

  3. To make kofta balls, more firm can add roasted gram flour or bread crumbs to the mixture.

  4. To make the dish spicier, you can add more red chilli powder.

  5. You can also add vegetables with paneer to make koftas, like cabbage, spinach, cauliflower, peas etc.

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My go-to recipe now for family gatherings.

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