Thursday, February 12, 2009

malai kofta & triangle parathas

malai kofta was my favorite indian dish before becoming vegan - i'd order them every time when going out for indian yummies. dan's never had them before and since we're dig'n the indian food goodnesses lately i thought malai kofta would be a fun & tasty meal to create! in google'n around i found a wide vareity of malai kofta recipes, got a general idea of what they were all about, and then tried to recreate something just as tasty as i remember. our malai koftas were indeed a delicious, delicious success! yay! we both made many "ooohs" and "mmmmmmmmms" while enjoying this dish last night with some parathas. this meal was easy to make & took just over a half an hour to create (while cooking the potatoes we started the gravy). i'm so excitedfaced to be enjoying malai kofta again & so happyfaced that dan loves them, too!

malai kofta

ingredients for the veggie balls:
2 small russet potatoes, diced
1/2 cup green peas (we used frozen)
1/3 cup veggie broth
1 thick slice 'o gluten-free bread
1/2 tsp garam masala
1/2 tsp cumin
a pinch of chili powder & coriander
2 tbsp raw cashews
2 tbsp peanut oil

ingredients for the gravy:
2 large tomatoes
1 small yellow onion, diced very finely
1 tbsp yellow curry powder
1 tsp cumin
1 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp chili powder
1 tsp coriander
1/2 tsp cardamom
1/2 tsp garam masala
1/2 tsp turmeric
1/2 tsp sea salt
2 tbsp raw cashews
1" fresh ginger, peeled & grated
5 cloves garlic, crushed & minced
1/3 cup plain rice milk (or any plant milk)
2 tsp olive oil

what you'll need:
- 2 large skillets
- food processor
- large mixing bowl
- medium pot
- potato masher or fork

what'cha gotta do:
place potatoes in pot & cover with water. boil until the potatoes are tender (you can get a head start on the gravy while the potatoes cook!). add peas to water & cook for another minute. drain off water & set aside. place the thick slice 'o bread in the mixing bowl & add in veggie broth. smash the slice of bread with a fork until it's mush, add in cooked potatoes & peas, and all the spices. pulse cashews into a fine powder in food processor & add to the mixing bowl. smash everything with a potato masher & combine well (adding in more veggie broth if needed). form the potatoey goodness into 10 golf-sized balls. while you're making the kofta balls heat up 2 tbsp peanut oil in the large skillet on medium-high heat. once the oil is heated add the kofta yummies & cook until browned on all sides (turning frequently). remove from pan & set aside.

now onto the gravy: add all the spices for the gravy to the large skillet and heat on medium. toast all spices (except the bay leaf, but be sure to toast the sea salt) until they become very fragrant & remove them from the pan - set aside for later. pulse cashews into a fine powder using your food processor. set aside. pulse both tomatoes in food processor until they're pureed. heat 2 tsp peanut oil in the large skillet & saute the onion, garlic, and ginger until the onion begins to brown. add in toasted spices & saute for another 2 minutes. add tomatoes, ground cashews, rice milk, and bay leaf. reduce heat and simmer for 15 minutes. adjust seasonings to taste, add in the koftas, cook for another 2 minutes & enjoy! we served our malai koftas over some brown rice with a few triangle parathas! yummers!


onion parathas

ingredients for the dough:
2 cups whole wheat flour (+ additional flour for dusting the parathas)
1/2 tsp sea salt
3/4 cup warm water
1 tbsp olive oil

what you'll need:
- large skillet
- large mixing bowl
- rolling pin (or tall kitchen glass)
- olive oil cooking spray

what'cha gotta do:
combine the ingredients for the dough in a large mixing bowl to form a dough. knead on a floured counter top for about 5 minutes - or until the dough is smoooooth & elastic. divide into 8 balls, cover with a damp kitchen towel and let them rest for 30 minutes. roll out a piece of dough to about 6" in diameter on your floured counter top. fold the dough in half onto itself to create a semi-circle. fold the semi-circle in half to create a triangle shape & then roll out the triangle just a bit. heat a little olive oil cooking spray in the large skillet on medium heat. cook paratha until brown on the bottom - then flip & cook until browned on both sides (a few of ours actually puffed up a bit! yay!). remove from heat & repeat with the remaining dough. enjoy! (this recipe makes for 8 small parathas & if you want a little extra yumminess baste a little melted margarine between the layers of dough as you're folding them over!)


Ricki said...

I am so loving all these Indian recipes! More parathas! And those kofta--I have to try them. So many fabulous recipes!

Bianca said...

I've never even heard of malai kofta! But I'm always a fan of veggie balls and gravy...I will put this one on my to-do, fo' sho'.

allularpunk said...

so that's what those veggie balls at the indian place are called! i used to really like those. awesome, thanks for the recipe! i can't believe dan let you made indian food 2 nights in a row. you're so lucky. i can barely get away with one curry a month here!

The Voracious Vegan said...

Thank you so much for this recipe. As anyone who reads my blog will know; Indian food is my FAVORITE! I will be keeping this recipe and trying it very soon.

Keep a close eye on my blog...coming up I have a 2 part behind the scenes special on my favorite restaurant here in Bahrain, Anand Bhavan. It's a tiny little shop in the souq, with simply the best Indian food I have ever tasted. Stay tuned!

yarnpiggy said...

Piggy. must. have. kofta.

Thanks so much for this recipe -- Indian food is my favourite, and I miss malai kofta!

(I should fess up here and say I am not a vegan, but I am a vegetarian who's removing dairy and eggs from my diet. Don't hate me.)

Cynthia said...

Oh man, you are so fancy-pants with your indian food! This is totally going on my To Make list.

I think that some tahini sauce would totally be delicious with chickpeas and greens - but I love tahini sauce on anything!

River said...

Jessy, you are quite the Indian Food Goddess!

You always leave the sweetest comments on my blog (and all blogs!) :)

Lisa (Show Me Vegan) said...

I've never had this dish but I think we would totally love it too! It is so much fun to re-create an old favorite.

Chelsea said...

Oh, I miss malai kofta! That was my favorite besides shahi paneer before going vegan. Yours looks soooooooo gooooooood!

Sal said...

malai kofta is not something I ever tried pregan (I don't think), but they look seriously good. Those paranthas look amazing!

Vegetation said...

Oh WOW! They look amazing! And yay! Soy free too!!!

pixiepine said...

Clicked over here from Bianca's post. These recipes look so good. Thanks!