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Malia Kofta anyone?

On Friday nights we are big fans of ordering takeout Indian food from Rang Indian Bistro in Stoneham (be sure to check that place out, I never thought I would look forward to Indian food for dinner).  In search of new dinner ideas during the week, Meghan thought we should take a shot at making the malia kofta, a dish we love to get at Rang.  I did a quick Google search and came across Manjula’s Kitchen (  The site is full of great Indian recipes, including a recipe for Malia Kofta.

As usual, I was able to substitute some of the ingredients that was not able to find.  I was unable to locate any paneer, but instead I used firm tofu.  I also did not have garam masala, but used a curry powder seasoning I had in the pantry.  We also cut down on the spice of the dish by not using the green chili peppers in the sauce, but I did use some chipotle powder, which gave a nice touch of heat.

Ingredients for the kofta

  • 8 small red potatoes, peeled, boiled and mashed
  • 8 oz of firm tofu, drained and mashed
  • 2 tablespoons of fresh cilantro, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon of cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon of salt
  • 1 small jalapeño, seeded and diced
  • 2 tablespoons of flour
  • 4 tablespoons of water

In a large bowl, mash the potatoes and tofu.  Add the cilantro, cumin, salt and jalapeños.  Mix until combined.  Form in to 16 balls.

In a second bowl, mix the flour and water.

Heat oil in a cast iron skillet over medium heat.  Dip the k0fta into the batter, and then drop into the warm oil.  Lightly fry the kofta, 2-3 minutes per side until lightly browned.

Frying the kofta

Ingredients for the sauce

  • 2 medium tomatoes
  • 1 tablespoon of fresh ginger, shredded
  • 1 tablespoon of cilantro, chopped
  • 1/4 teaspoon of chipotle powder
  • 1 teaspoon of flour
  • 1/4 cup of coconut milk
  • salt
  • curry powder

In a food processor, pulse the tomatoes until smooth.  Add the ginger and pulse to mix.

Heat a non-stick pan over medium-low heat.  Add the tomato mixture and cook for 5-6 minutes.  Add the chipotle powder.  Combine the milk and flour, mix.  Add the milk mix to the tomato sauce, cover and cook for 7-8 minutes.  Add the salt, cilantro and curry powder.

Add the kofta to the sauce and cook for 5-10 minutes to season the kofta.

Cooking in the sauce allows all the flavors to mingle

We served them with fried rice (a typical double-down dinner, yes, we often mix Indian and sushi for dinner), but you could serve them with brown rice or jasmine rice.

Nothing like some kofta with some fried rice

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