Pea Malai Kofta

Malai Kofta is  a classic dish of Moghul origin. The pea balls are  fried and then added to the special creamy sauce/curry and served along with rice and rotis/Naans (Indian flat bread).  I have used the Paniyaram pan /skillet here to make the pea balls. This helps to cuts down on the calories.  You need a very little oil to fry the pea balls.


For Kofta
Green peas                           3 cups
Gram flour                            2 tbsp.

Finely chopped green chilies    3 no.
Chopped coriander leaves       2 tbsp.
Cumin seeds                         1 tsp.
Finely chopped ginger             1 tbsp.
Salt                                    to taste
Bread crumbs                       ¼ cup
Oil                                      for fry
For Gravy
Organic Tomato puree         ½ cup
Finely chopped tomato         ½ cup
Water                                1 cup
Ginger Paste                       1 tbsp.
Cumin                               1/3 tsp.
Coriander powder                1 ½ tsp.
Turmeric powder                ½ tsp.
Red chili powder                  1 tsp.
Cloves                              2 no.
Salt                                   to taste.
Oil/ Ghee                           1 tsp.

For Decoration
Cream                                1 tbsp.                    

  • Boil the green peas in salted water till tender. Cool and mash.
  • Add cumin seeds, chopped green chilies, ginger, coriander leaves and little salt.
  • Take  the gram flour in a heavy pan over the fire. Stir till it turns brownish.
  • Add the pea paste. Mix it well till it becomes smooth. Divide into 10- 15  equal pieces. Roll it in breadcrumbs.
  • Heat the Paniyaram pan and add little oil in all the groves. When it is medium hot, add the pea balls in the groves.
  • Within a minute turn it on all the sides and make sure it browns evenly (This cooks very fast so be careful). Keep aside.
For the Gravy
  • Heat the oil and splutter the cumin seeds, and the ginger paste and fry for a minute.
  • Add all the powdered spices , cloves, tomatoes, tomato puree  and salt.
  • Stir it until leaves the oil. Add water and cook it in low flame.
  • Put the gravy in a dish and add the Kofta to it.
  • Decorate with cream and serve hot with rotis, Biryani , Pulao
  Note: See my other Malai Kofta Recipe