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No Onion No Garlic Malai Kofta

4 from 9 votes
Total: 50 minutes
Serves 4 PEOPLE

No Onion No Garlic Malai KoftaSince it’s the Navratri week, my meal planner calls for Malai Kofta tonight. A flavorful, rich and creamy curry from the Mughlai origin. Today’s dish is cooked in a tomato based gravy, a secret ingredient and is without onion and garlic. Trust me, even without onion and garlic, this dish is loaded with flavor and has a refreshing taste. Most of all, it’s so simple, yet so delicious! 


RECIPE DETAIL – Start the recipe by preparing koftas. Combine mashed potatoes and all the ingredients (listed under outer covering) and make a smooth dough. Instead of cornflour rice flour or besan can be used.

Prepare the filling with ingredients listed under stuffing. Feel free to add dry nuts (cashews, raisins) to the filling. Follow the step by step tutorial below and make koftas. For a healthier version, you can cook koftas in an appe pan or deep fry them.

No Onion No Garlic Malai Kofta

Prepare the gravy by combining boiled cabbage paste +tomato paste+ cashew paste + coconut paste. You can substitute boiled lauki paste for boiled cabbage paste. Cook the gravy until oil starts to separate. Stir in spices, and using an immersion blender puree the gravy. Add kasoori methi, water and bring it to a boil. 

Gravy should be thick, so add water accordingly. Just before serving, add kofte to the hot gravy, mix and serve. For tonight’s dinner I am going to pair it with no onion no garlic kadai paneer and Jeera rice.

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No Onion No Garlic Malai Kofta

4 from 9 votes
A no onion no garlic malai kofta recipe cooked in a creamy tomato based sauce - so simple, yet so delicious!
Prep: 20 minutes
Cook: 30 minutes
Total: 50 minutes
Servings: 4 PEOPLE







  • Mash potatoes.
  • Assemble: ingredients for potatoes.
  • In a big bowl combine all the ingredients and make a dough out of the potato mixture. Set it aside.
  • Assemble: ingredients listed under stuffing.
  • Combine all the ingredients in a bowl and...
  • Mix it well.
  • Make a small ball of the potato mixture and flatten it.
  • Place 2 teaspoon mixture in the center.
  • Bring all the sides together and shape it like a ball. Make sure all the ends are sealed.
  • Repeat the process with rest of the mixture.
  • You can cook kofta in an appe pan.
    Kofta Curry prepared with non fried Koftas
  • Or fry koftas until brown in color.


  • Assemble: ingredients for the gravy.
  • Cashew paste..
  • Heat oil in a pan, add cabbage paste, tomato paste and cook for a minute.
  • Mix in spices and cook for another minute.
  • Add coconut paste and cashew paste and....
  • Cook for 1 minute until oil starts to separate.
  • Pour in enough water to make a thick gravy. Pour slowly.
  • Using an immersion blender puree the gravy.
  • Add kasoori methi and adjust spices.
  • Bring it to a boil.
  • Just before serving, add kofte to the hot gravy, mix and serve.
  • Enjoy with warm rotis or boiled rice.
Disclaimer: The nutritional information provided above is approximate. Variations may exist due to the ingredients/brands used. These numbers should be considered estimates, as they are not calculated by a registered dietician.
Author: Ruchi

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  1. Sonal says:

    Loved the booed cabbage base for the curry. I can see that it is giving a nice thick base.

  2. Ankita says:

    Thanks ruchi ji for share
    malai kofta recipie without onion garlic. ..

  3. Shweta says:

    Looks tasty…will prepare surely.

  4. Bhavana says:

    I was always wondering how to brahmins nd jains cook their food without onion as the Base…I finally got the answer seeing ur blog…great ideas nd have tried mutter paneer without onion …nd I must say…I liked it more than onion based gravy…u deserve an appreciation for that☺

  5. aryan says:

    Very nice I will try.God bless you.