Paneer Kofta curry is deep fried Paneer balls stuffed with nuts and served in a rich tomato and cashew gravy.
Paneer Kofta is a delicious and rich dish that belongs to the family of royal Lucknow cuisine and a favorite of many North Indians. Generally, Koftas consist of balls of minced meat or ground meat but in India, vegetarians make them with paneer, potatoes, calabash or banana.
This dish which we are going to cook today is being cooked and served in spiced shahi gravy but these paneer koftas alone can be had as fast food, snack or like kebabs. One can prepare the koftas and serve half as snacks or store it for later and use the rest half for the Paneer Kofta curry like me.
The paneer is grated and mixed with some mashed boiled potatoes for better binding and taste. I have added dry fruits like kaju or cashew nuts and kishmish or raisins in middle and create balls of this paneer and potato mix to give these koftas more texture and that royal touch. Finally, these koftas are deep fried till they are golden brown and crispy from outside. I have deep fried the Aloo paneer kofta, you can bake them the oven in anaebleskiver pan or appe pan so that they retain their shape while baking.
Koftas can be grilled, fried, steamed, poached, baked or marinated before going into tomato gravy. Word Kofta is derived from Persian word Kufta which means “to grind” or “to beat. I made this Paneer Kofta in Tomato gravy by adding cashew nut paste that adds more richness and flavor to the dish. The final paneer kofta curry is an all time winner dish once all the luscious flavors and aromas of the gravy seep into the crunchy from outside and soft from inside paneer koftas.
You can also make paneer kofta in cashew gravy, which is made with cashew and milk cream but that becomes ultra rich so I usually don’t make that recipe these days. Also, You can make Paneer Kofta using this easy recipe and serve them in Makhani Gravy which tastes indulgent but delicious. I used homemade paneer for this recipe.
This dish qualifies to be on the menu for every formal event, parties, get together, and special occasions but is simple to cook at home too. If you want a little lighter everyday kofta curry you can try this Lauki Kofta recipe. If you are looking for a no onion no garlic fasting/ falahari recipe you can try this raw banana kofta curry.
I often serve this rich Paneer kofta with naan, roti or parantha and the koftas alone can be had with chutneys or dips as an appetizer.
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Paneer Kofta Recipe Video in Hindi