Jain Malai Kofta

Especially for Jains - delicious kofta curry in which raw bananas replace potatoes. This is a Sanjeev Kapoor exclusive recipe.

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Jain Malai Kofta
Main Ingredients Cottage Cheese (paneer), Raw Banana
Cuisine Indian
Course Main Course Vegetarian
Prep Time 16-20 minutes
Cook time 31-40 minutes
Serve 4
Taste Spicy
Level of Cooking Moderate
Others Veg

Ingredients list for Jain Malai Kofta

  • 1/2 cup Cottage Cheese (paneer) grated
  • 1 cup Raw Banana boiled, peeled and mashed
  • 1/4 cup Fresh cream
  • 1 inch Cinnamon
  • 5-6 Cloves
  • 1 teaspoon Cumin seeds
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons Coriander seeds
  • 2-3 Green cardamoms
  • 1 medium Green capsicum finely chopped
  • 2 Green chillies finely chopped
  • 2 teaspoons +for garnishing Fresh coriander leaves chopped
  • to taste Salt
  • 2 teaspoons Red chilli powder
  • 1 teaspoon Sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon Turmeric powder
  • 1 tablespoon Cornflour
  • 1/2 tablepoon +for deep-frying Oil
  • 1 cup Tomato puree


  1. Dry roast cinnamon, cloves, cumin seeds, coriander seeds and cardamoms in a non-stick pan till fragrant. Transfer into a grinder jar, cool and grind into a fine powder.
  2. Mix together raw bananas, cottage cheese, capsicum, green chillies, coriander leaves, salt, one teaspoon ground powder, one teaspoon red chilli powder, one-fourth teaspoon turmeric powder and cornflour in a bowl.
  3. Heat sufficient oil in a kadai.
  4. Divide the raw banana mixture into equal portions and shape them into small balls or koftas.
  5. Deep-fry the koftas in hot oil till golden. Drain on absorbent paper.
  6. To make the gravy, heat half tablespoon oil in a non-stick pan, add tomato puree and mix. Add salt, remaining turmeric powder, red chilli powder and sugar, mix well and cook for two to three minutes.
  7. Add remaining ground powder and mix well. Add cream, mix well and cook till the oil leaves the masala.
  8. Place the koftas on a serving platter. Pour the gravy on them, garnish with coriander leaves and serve hot.

Nutrition Info

Calories 893
Carbohydrates 35.6
Protein 19.1
Fat 74.9