Paneer Methi Kofta Magic – A Feast For Festivals

“Paneer Methi Kofta” has an amazing taste

In my kitchen of delicious dishes, Methi Paneer Kofta is like a magic trick that brings joy to the family and friends.  And ofcourse, I earn lots of great compliments about my cooking.  I love preparing koftas and paneer koftas with methi leaves is one of the delights.  They go excellent with both rotis and rice.  Salad and chutneys add to the flavors.  Recipe of this delicious dish is so simple that almost everyone can prepare it.

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Many times, I try to experiment while preparing gravy.  Sometimes, I use cream or paste of nuts; and then I also have tried with coconut milk and almond milk. I would always prefer coconut milk as it really goes well and tastes amazing.

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Most important things here. I am listing down the details of all the ingredients that we will need to prepare this delicious dish.

For Koftas:

  • 1 cup crumbled paneer (Indian cottage cheese)
  • 1 cup finely chopped methi (fenugreek leaves)
  • 1/2 cup gram flour (besan)
  • 2 tablespoon of cornflour
  • 1/2 teaspoon turmeric powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon red chili powder
  • Salt to taste
  • Oil for frying

For Gravy:

  • 2 cups tomato puree
  • 1 cup finely chopped onion
  • Chopped green chilies. 
  • 1 tablespoon ginger-garlic paste
  • 1/2 cup coconut milk
  • 1 teaspoon garam masala
  • 1 teaspoon coriander powder
  • 1 teaspoon cumin powder
  • Salt to taste
  • Red chili powder to taste
  • Garam Masala to taste
  • One bay leaf 
  • Garlic
  • Ginger
  • 2 tablespoons of cooking oil.  I prefer mustard oil.
  • Fresh coriander leaves for garnish

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  • Mix crumbled paneer, chopped methi, gram flour, turmeric powder, red chili powder, and salt in a bowl.
  • Shape small, round koftas from the mixture and keep them aside.
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  • Heat oil in a pan for frying. When the oil is hot, gently put in the koftas and fry until they turn golden brown.
  • Take out the fried koftas and place them on a paper towel to remove excess oil.
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  • In another pan, heat a bit of oil. Add cumin seeds and let them sparkle.  Now add chopped garlic and ginger and let them turn golden in color.
  • Add chopped onions and cook until they become golden brown.
  • Add ginger-garlic paste and cook for a minute until the smell goes away.
  • Pour in the tomato puree and cook until the oil separates from the mixture.
  • Add garam masala, coriander powder, cumin powder, and salt. Cook for an extra 2-3 minutes.
  • Reduce the heat and add fresh cream to make a rich and creamy gravy.
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  • Carefully place the fried koftas into the gravy, making sure they get coated well.
  • Let the Methi Paneer Kofta simmer for a few minutes, allowing the flavors to mix.
  • Garnish with fresh coriander leaves to add a touch of freshness.

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Serving and Pairing

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Frequently Asked Questions

Can I substitute paneer with any other ingredient for a vegan version of the Paneer Methi Kofta?

Certainly! To cater to a vegan lifestyle, you can replace paneer with alternatives like tofu or potatoes. Tofu, with its mild taste and adaptable texture, works particularly well in capturing the essence of the dish while aligning with vegan preferences.

Can I prepare the Paneer Methi Kofta ahead of time and reheat it without compromising the taste and texture?

Absolutely! You can prepare both the koftas and the gravy in advance. To maintain optimal texture and taste, store them separately. Reheat the koftas and gravy just before serving, ensuring a fresh and delightful experience.

What are some suggested side dishes or accompaniments for serving with Paneer Methi Kofta?

The versatile Paneer Methi Kofta pairs well with various accompaniments. Basmati rice, naan bread, or roti are classic choices. Enhance the experience with a side of refreshing cucumber raita, a crisp salad, or the sweet and tangy flavors of mango chutney.

How can I make the Paneer Methi Kofta gravy less rich without compromising the taste?

To reduce the richness of the gravy, opt for low-fat milk or create a blend of milk and water instead of cream. Adjust the quantities based on your preference, achieving a lighter yet flavorful version of the dish.

Are there any specific tips for enhancing the flavors of Paneer Methi Kofta?

Experiment with freshly ground spices like cumin and coriander. These additions contribute to a more robust flavor profile. Additionally, garnishing the dish with fresh coriander leaves just before serving adds a burst of freshness, enhancing the overall appeal.

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