If you’re seeking a culinary adventure that combines the rich, creamy goodness of paneer with a burst of flavours, look no further than our Cheese Koftas. These delightful cheese koftas are an innovative take on the traditional kofta recipe, offering a delectable blend of textures and tastes.
Imagine tender balls of grated paneer, subtly spiced and studded with the crunch of crushed almonds. Fry koftas to a golden perfection that will make your taste buds dance with delight. But the real star of this dish is the luxurious tomato-based gravy that envelops the koftas.
Mix paneer, cornflour, and a hint of red chilli powder to prepare this Cheese Koftas masterpiece. Shape this mixture into delectable kofta balls, ensuring each contains the delightful surprise of crushed almonds. Fry these koftas until they reach a perfect golden brown hue.
Now, let’s talk about the gravy. In a pan, heat oil, and add black cardamoms and dry red chillies for that exotic fragrance. Then, add a medley of spices, ginger paste, garlic paste, curd, and tomato puree. Allow these ingredients to simmer and meld into a rich, aromatic concoction.
Once the gravy is ready, gently add the koftas and let them soak up all the flavours. Finish off with a touch of cream for that luxurious finish. The result? It is a creamy, flavorful masterpiece that pairs perfectly with warm rotis, fluffy naans, or steaming hot rice.
Whether you’re a paneer lover or just looking to impress your guests with an extraordinary dish, Cheese Koftas are your go-to choice. Elevate your dining experience with this delightful recipe and savour every bite.
- 250 g Paneer grated
- 1/2 tbsp Cornflour
- 10 Almonds crushed
- 1/8 tsp Red Chilli Powder
- 1 tsp Coriander Powder
- 1/4 tsp Turmeric Powder
- 2 Dry Red Chillies
- 1 medium Onion sliced and ground
- 1/2 tsp Ginger Paste
- 1/2 tsp Garlic Paste
- 1/8 cup Curd
- 1/8 tsp Tomato Puree
- Oil for frying
- 1 Black Cardamom
- Salt to taste
- Heat oil in a pan.
- In a bowl, mix paneer, cornflour, salt, and red chili powder. Form the mixture into balls, incorporating crushed almonds.
- Fry the koftas until they turn golden brown.
- Reserve 1 1/2 tbsp of oil in the pan and transfer the rest to a bowl.
- Add black cardamoms and dry red chilies to the pan and fry until fragrant.
- Stir in salt, turmeric powder, red chili powder, ginger paste, garlic paste, and 1/8 to 1/4 cup of water. Simmer for a few minutes.
- Add curd and tomato puree. Continue cooking until done.
- Pour in 1 to 2 cups of water and cook until the gravy thickens.
- Add the koftas to the gravy.
- Garnish with cream and serve hot with rotis, naans, or rice.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs):
What can I serve with Cheese Koftas?
Cheese Koftas are incredibly versatile and pair wonderfully with various Indian bread like rotis and naans. They also make a delightful combo with steamed rice.
Can I make this dish ahead of time for a party?
Absolutely! Prepare the koftas and gravy separately, refrigerate, and combine them just before serving to maintain the koftas’ crispiness.
Are there any vegetarian side dishes that complement Cheese Koftas?
Certainly! Consider serving Cheese Koftas with popular sides like Vegetable Biryani, Jeera Rice, or a fresh Cucumber Raita for a well-rounded meal.
Can I adjust the spice level to suit my taste?
Of course! Feel free to tweak the amount of red chili powder and chili paste to match your preferred spice level.
Are there any dairy-free alternatives for this recipe?
A5: While the essence of this dish lies in dairy, you can experiment with dairy-free substitutes like tofu for the koftas and coconut yogurt for the gravy for a vegan version.