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malai kofta
Malai Kofta - Instant Pot
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
15 mins
Total Time
20 mins

A classic north Indian dish, often served in restaurants; is made with deep fried vegetable dumplings{koftas} that are tossed in a creamy tomato based sauce.

Course: Entree
Cuisine: Indian
Keyword: malai kofta
Servings: 5
Calories: 399 kcal
Author: Archana Mundhe
  • 2 tablespoons ghee
  • 1 large onion finely chopped
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon fresh ginger grated
  • 1 tablespoon fresh garlic minced
  • ½ teaspoon turmeric
  • 1 tablespoon Kashmiri red chili powder or any mild red chili powder
  • 3 plum tomatoes pureed
  • 1 can coconut milk regular and not low fat
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1 teaspoon garam masala or to taste
  • 2 tablespoons dried fenugreek leaves
  • 2 teaspoon sugar
  • 24 frozen vegetable balls IKEA, Trader Joe's or similar brands
  • 1/4 cup cilantro chopped, for garnish
  1. Set Instant Pot on Saute(More) mode and heat ghee. Add onions and 1 tsp salt. Cook until onions are soft and translucent for 2 mins (with a glass lid on to speed this process)

  2. Add ginger, garlic, turmeric and red chili powder. Mix well. Separate the coconut cream and water. Keep the coconut cream aside. Add only the watery portion of coconut milk and pureed tomatoes mixing with spices.

  3. Close Instant Pot with pressure valve to sealing position. Cook on Manual / Pressure Cook (Hi) for 4 minutess followed by quick release.

  4. Open the Instant Pot, allow to cool for a couple of minutes. Using a hand blender, carefully blend the sauce until smooth. Stir in tomato paste, garam masala, fenugreek leaves and sugar.
  5. Add frozen veggie balls. Close Instant Pot lid with sealing and cook on Manual(Hi) for 1 minute, followed by quick release. You can also add the veggie meatballs and cook them on saute mode for 5 minutes or until heated through. 

  6. Add the coconut cream and gently stir everything together. Garnish with cilantro. Enjoy with steamed rice, parathas or as a sauce and topping on homemade pizzas. 

Recipe Video

Nutrition Facts
Malai Kofta - Instant Pot
Amount Per Serving
Calories 399 Calories from Fat 270
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 30g 46%
Saturated Fat 21g 105%
Cholesterol 15mg 5%
Sodium 932mg 39%
Potassium 599mg 17%
Total Carbohydrates 20g 7%
Dietary Fiber 6g 24%
Sugars 7g
Protein 16g 32%
Vitamin A 18.7%
Vitamin C 13.4%
Calcium 7%
Iron 18.8%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.