Kofta can be made using different ingredients like vegetables, paneer, potatoes etc. It can be as simple as Lauki Kofta or a mix of vegetables. I sometimes combine vegetables and paneer, other times vegetables and potato. Whatever you use, the output is yummy and it can be eaten as a starter or add it in a curry of your choice and it becomes the main course.
In the below recipe, I have used carrot, cabbage and paneer (Indian Cottage Cheese). Other options are broccoli, Cauliflower, capsicum etc. Also nowadays I simply try to shallow fry things I can in appe pan instead of frying. It depends on what is your preference.
So here goes the recipe of Vegetable Paneer Kofta.
- 1/4 Cup of finely chopped Carrot
- 1/2 Cup of finely chopped Cabbage
- 1/2 Cup of mashed paneer (Indian Cottage Cheese) , Can be replaced with potato if not available.
- 2 garlic cloves grated (optional)
- 1/2 inch ginger grated
- 1/2 teaspoon of garam masala
- 1/4 teaspoon of Jeera
- Green chillies chopped (To taste or optional)
- 2 tablespoon Coriander chopped (I did not had on that day, hence not in picture)
- salt to taste
- Breadcrumbs or Corn flour (I have not used it as I did not require, one can use it if your kofta does not bind properly)
- Oil for frying or for shallow frying in Appe Pan.
- Finely grate all the vegetables. One can use a different combination of vegetables as required or as one have it.
- Mix in all the masala’s and salt and make a big lump. Water is not required. The vegetables itself will release water when mixed with salt.
- In the mean while let the oil heat for deep frying, or heat the appe pan on medium.
- Divide the dough into equal portions and make round balls.
- Once the oil is heated, add one kofta, and fry it. If it does not break it means you need not add breadcrumbs or cornflour.
- Deep fry the remaining kofta’s on medium heat until golden brown in colour.
- Alternatively shallow fry the kofta’s on medium heat in an appe pan.
- Yummy kofta’s are ready to be served or ready for a kofta curry.
- Sometimes due to excess moisture in vegetables the kofta might break while frying or before that. If that happens add breadcrumbs or cornflour.
- One can stuff the kofta’s in between with dry fruits.
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