Healthy malai kofta in a creamy white gravy without cream

Make melt in the mouth stuffed kofta cooked in appe pan and then dunk them in a healthy creamy white gravy with a secret ingredient no one will be able to guess!

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The traditional malai (cream) kofta is what it suggests. Deep fried potato and paneer balls in a creamy rich gravy that is full of cream. It is rich, delicious and a pure indulgence.

However, in my recipe we will make both the components to this dish healthy and add a secret ingredient – a vegetable and loads of it too!! – to the gravy that will give it a great flavour base that can be easily worked with.

Let’s talk about the kofta first. Many recipes on the internet ask for kofta ingredients to be combined in a mix which is then rolled in balls and then deep fried or pan fried. But in my opinion, nothing comes close to a stuffed kofta. Imagine a melt in the mouth kofta opening up to another layer of surprises when broken in half. If you are doing a stuffed kofta for the first time, try making a bigger sized one first to help you understand the process better. Once stuffed, you can either fry it in a non-stick pan or an appe pan with minimal oil.

Healthy malai kofta in a creamy white gravy
Healthy malai kofta in a creamy white gravy

Then to the gravy. You must be wondering what the secret ingredient is. Well, it is dudhi/lauki/bottle gourd and loads of it too! Don’t frown yet. You have to trust me on this. And if you have tried my popular recipe, kathiyawadi ringna nu shaak (an eggplant mash with peanuts and moringa), you know what I mean.

Bottle gourd is an extremely versatile vegetable that adopts beautifully to the flavourings that are added to it. Melon seeds are a great economical substitute to cashew nuts and so much healthier as well. Combined with the aromats and few cashew nuts, bottle gourd and melon seeds come together in a deliciously creamy and yet healthy white gravy.

And when it all comes together with my soft and healthy whole grain naan (Indian flatbread) that has a combination of whole wheat, chickpea and jowar (sorghum) flour, it is a meal no less in taste than the one you will eat in the restaurant minus all the fats!

Other recipes that may interest you:

  1. Dhansak (vegetarian), Parsi style
  2. Dabeli
  3. Palak paneer sandwich
  4. Spinach rice with makhana kadhi
  5. Fried rice pad thai style

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