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There is so much that can be tasted when we talk of Indian cuisine and there are so many delicacies that we can try out in just North Indian food in San Jose, much popular as Punjabi dishes. One such delicacy is Malai Kofta and people are in love with these exquisite dish,creamy and mildly spiced in the rich aromas of Indian spice mix. Vegetarian food can taste so good, with the protein of Paneer or the cottage cheese makes the dish worth every mouthful.  
Malai Kofta Recipe...

Koftas : 
220 gms Paneer
1 cup fresh  breadcrumbs
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp garam masala
10 - 15 raisins 
1 tb spoon  maida 
Oil for frying the Koftas

For the sauce or the gravy:
2 tblsp oil 
3 green cardamoms 
1 green chilly 
1/4 cup grated onion 
1 tsp grated ginger 
5 medium tomatoes 
2 pinch sugar
10 cashewnuts 
1/2 cup milk
1 tsp grated garlic
1/2 tsp red chilly powder
1 tsp jeera powder
1 tsp coriander powder
1 tsp salt
2 -3 tablespoon  cream
1/2 tsp garam masala
Coriander leaves & Green chillies  for garnish

How to make malai kofta:

To make koftas:
Grate the paneer and mix in the bread crumbs, salt and garam masala( five spice mix )  
Mix well and make a dough out of it. 
Divide the paneer mix into 4 balls of equal size. 
Then take a single ball and make it into a flat roti on your palm. Place 3-4 raisins in the centre and then roll it back the koftas in small ball. 
Sprinkle 1 tbsp of maida on a plate and roll the koftas in it. Coat the kofta with the cornflour and keep aside.
Heat oil in a pan and fry the koftas till its color is light golden brown and then take them out. 

To Make the Gravy: 
Blanch the tomatoes, remove the skin and puree them. Keep aside. 
Soak the cashew nuts for 4 hrs and grind it into  paste.
Heat 2 tbsp oil in a pan and add cardamoms. 
Then add 1 lengthwise slit green chilli in the hot oil, add grated onion, add ginger and garlic. Fry for 1-2 minutes.
Add red chilly powder, coriander powder, jeera powder and salt. Put half cup of water so that the spices mix well.
Add tomato puree and sugar. 
Simmer on medium flame for 8 - 10 mins or till oil separates out.
Add the cashew nut paste on the low flame.
Add half cup water and simmer for a minute. 
Add milk .Mix well and cook for another minute.
Now add 2 -3 tblsp cream and garam masala. Mix well
To serve in a platter place the koftas and then pour the gravy on top of it. Garnish with finely chopped green coriander and lengthwise slit green chillies.

Serve with Rice or Roti and it tastes awesome when eaten hot. 

In San Jose Indian restaurants are famous for their food and Punjab Cafe is one such restaurant that serves exotic and tasty punjabi food and you can try out Malai Kofta there too. 

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