Rich and creamy this Vegetable Paneer Kofta Curry would be your next party show-stopper. This curry is made using simple ingredients available in your pantry and without the need for any cream or nuts like almonds or cashews.
Crispy and soft, air-fried Vegetable Paneer kofta dunked in a peanut onion gravy. It is rich and I can say a restaurant-style gravy. Serve it with roti, naan, plain rice, or Jeera rice, and enjoy restaurant-style meals in the comfort of your home.
I got his recipe from my sister and my best friend. This curry is simply delicious and can be enjoyed by all ages. My 7-year-old daughter, who is a fussy eater, ate the curry along with the koftas and told me she loved the veggie balls :-).
What is Kofta Curry?
Crunchy and soft Koftas or meatballs are dunked in a spicy and sweet curry. Curries can be done in different ways. There are different ways in which the curry can be made. Typically Malai Kofta is very famous and the kofta is generally made using paneer and potato.
I have made the kofta using vegetables and paneer. I have not used any potatoes in this recipe. For binding I used to use breadcrumbs but now replaced it with gram flour. Also, the koftas are typically fried, but now I bake them in an oven or air fryer. The recipe to make the Vegetable Paneer Koftas can be found here.
Recipe process of Vegetable Paneer Kofta Curry
The recipe is really easy to make. There is no fuss about soaking any nuts or anything at all. All you do is lightly roast the peanuts and that is an option too. We roast it to remove the raw smell of the peanuts.
These roasted peanuts are then ground along with onion, tomato, and spices to form a gravy. The gravy is then cooked in a little oil until done. That’s it. The koftas are added just before serving and you have one lip-smacking party curry ready.
If you do not want to make koftas you can replace it with paneer/tofu or boiled and lightly shallow fried or air-fried or fried potatoes. And as I am writing this post, I am going to try it with these options.
Vegetable Paneer Kofta Curry
- 2 tablespoons of Peanuts lightly dry roasted
- 1-2 Dried red chili
- 1 Onion
- 2 Tomatoes
- 1-2 cm of whole or powdered cinnamon
- 1-2 Green chilies as per taste
- 1/2 teaspoon of Cumin seeds
- 1/2 teaspoon of Coriander Powder
- 1 teaspoon of Garam Masala Powder
- 1/2 Cup of fresh chopped Coriander
- 2-3 cloves
- 1 Cardamom
- 1/4 teaspoon of turmeric powder
- 1 Garlic clove
- 1/2 inch ginger
- salt to taste
- 2 Tablespoons of Oil
- 1/2 teaspoon of Asafoetida Hing
- Chopped Coriander for garnishing
- Water as required
- Lightly Dry roast the peanuts.2 tablespoons of Peanuts
- Let them cool down a bit.
- In the jar of a blender, add roasted peanuts (I use it with skin), red chili, onion, tomatoes, cinnamon, Green chilies, cumin seeds, Coriander Powder, Garam Masala Powder, Clove, Cardamom, Coriander, garlic, ginger, asafoetida.1-2 Dried red chili, 1 Onion, 2 Tomatoes, 1-2 cm of whole or powdered cinnamon, 1-2 Green chilies, 1/2 teaspoon of Cumin seeds, 1/2 teaspoon of Coriander Powder, 1 teaspoon of Garam Masala Powder, 1/2 Cup of fresh chopped Coriander, 2-3 cloves, 1 Cardamom, 1 Garlic clove, 1/2 inch ginger, 1/2 teaspoon of Asafoetida, 1/4 teaspoon of turmeric powder
- Grind this to a smooth paste by adding water as required.Water as required
- In a pan or a kadai(Wok), add oil.2 Tablespoons of Oil
- Once the oil is warm add the masala and let it cook for 7-8 minutes.
- The masala should be cooked on a medium stove and cooked thoroughly until it starts releasing edges.
- Once masala is cooked, add salt to taste and enough water.Water as required, salt to taste
- Add water as per desired consistency. Once koftas are added the curry would thicken a bit.
- Let the curry cook for 10 minutes on medium flame.
- Curry is ready.
- Do not add the Koftas now, or else it will absorb all the curry.
- Just before serving, In a bowl add Kofta and add curry on top of it.
- Alternatively, add all the koftas, but keep in mind that it will absorb the curry.
- Garnish it with Chopped Coriander.Chopped Coriander for garnishing
- Serve it with Roti, Naan, plain Rice, or Jeera Rice.
- Standard Measuring Cups and spoons used
- Paneer can be replaced with Tofu.
- For the recipe of Air-fried Vegetable Kofta
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