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malai kofta
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Malai Kofta - Instant Pot

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.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time20 mins
Course: Entree
Cuisine: Indian
Keyword: malai kofta
Servings: 5
Calories: 399kcal


  • 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


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



Calories: 399kcal | Carbohydrates: 20g | Protein: 16g | Fat: 30g | Saturated Fat: 21g | Cholesterol: 15mg | Sodium: 932mg | Potassium: 599mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 935IU | Vitamin C: 11.1mg | Calcium: 70mg | Iron: 3.4mg
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