Malai Kofte Recipe made in AirFrayer without cream

Malai Kofte is one of the best vegetarian dishes and definitely my go to dish when I need to make a quick meal for guests or if there is a celebration at home. I’m sure most of you can relate to this😊

Being a vegetarian, I’m left with very few options that are low on fat and consume less oil

Though malai kofte includes a lot of malai (if you want to make a creamy dreamy dish😝) but I have an alternative to the added creams in this blog post.

The alternate without cream gravy of malai kofte is mainly made from onions, tomatoes, ginger, and cashew.

✓Here are the step by step details of the gravy of malai kofte:

  • Heat 2 tbsp oil in a pan
  • Add shahi jeera to the oil
  • Add chopped onion
  • Saute the onions till golden
  • Add chopped tomatoes, chopped ginger to the pan
  • Add Coriander Powder, Kashmiri Mirch masala and salt to the pan
  • Take 6-8 cashews in a separate pan and fry them till they are soft and make it into a paste
  • Let the cashews cool
  • Make a fine paste of all spices in the mixer
  • Take another pan
  • Put 1tsp oil
  • Add green cardamom, cinemon to the pan
  • Pour the earlier made masala paste into the pan
  • Sauté it for 7-8 minutes till oil begins to separate
  • Add salt
  • Mix well
  • Add the fried cashews paste and sauté for 2-3 minutes.
  • Add Kasoori Methi and sugar
  • Add cream/malai/milk
  • Top it with fresh coriander leaves

Voila! The gravy for malai kofte is ready!

The final balls

✓Here is a step by step guide on how I made koftes (balls):

  • Heat oil in a pan
  • Sauté cashew till they turn light golden
  • Add raisins and sauté them till they puff up
  • Take the cashews and raisins and put them in a bowl
  • Take paneer (cottage cheese), mashed boiled potatoes, salt, Garam Masala, green chillies, and coriander leaves and make them into a smooth dough
  • Make small balls out of the smooth dough
  • Stuff the balls with some finely chopped raisins and cashews.
  • Place the koftes (balls) in AirFrayer for about 10-15 mins till the turn golden brown

And that’s how simple it is to make koftas!😋

Now all you need to do is put these balls in the gravy and you’re a chef already! 😊

Balls in AirFrayer


  • If the balls are too soft, don’t put them in the gravy beforehand. Put the balls into the gravy just before you serve them.
  • If you don’t want to make a very rich creamy gravy, just replace cream with either malai or just plain milk.

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