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March 21, 2012 by Leanne Vogel November 8, 2017
For more on the flavors of India series, check out: Aloo Palak, Payasam Pudding, Gluten-free naan and Malai Kofta. A dish called malai kofta was one of the 6 meals we chose to make during our Indian cooking class. I’d never heard of it, but the name sounded cool so I shrugged it off and just went along for the ride. The recipe started with dicing 2 slices of wonder bread, followed by boiling a potato and cutting a bunch of cheese (hehe not that kinda cheese). I was instructed to pinch the dough together and add a bit of water to the mix until it stuck together easily. Then we pressed the mixture into two cones and deep fried them. At this point I still wasn’t really sure what we were making. After the balls were finished frying, I was instructed to drop them in a turmeric sauce. It was then that I clued in… did we just make vegetable ‘meat’balls in sauce? Why did we have to fry them? Where can a girl get a darn oven around these parts? Can we make them again and replace the bread with a potato to make gluten-free ‘meat’balls? Oh, and remove the cheese, too so they’ll be gluten-free vegan ‘meat’balls? The instructor wasn’t too keen on the suggestions I was making on how we could update the authentic recipe to something a little healthier. Little did he know that that’s what I do for a living, but I decided to keep that part to myself and just dream up all the things I was going to do with the recipe when I got home. The end result; malai kofta (veggie balls in sauce), looks like this: The sauce is sooooo good. We’ll get to the full recipe tomorrow, complete with my first attempt at gluten-free naan. Ya, I said it, NAAN! But today we talk about the kofta which in English translates to meatballs and in the case of this recipe, vegan ‘meat’balls. You generally won’t see kofta all by itself but rather in a sauce like the picture above. I just felt like they were so versatile and really deserved a post of their own. You can eat as is, make an Indian inspired vegan ‘meat’ball sub, add to your favorite rice dish, or stay tuned for tomorrow’s malai kofta recipe!
HI! I’M LEANNE
Nutrition educator + keto enthusiast. I want to live in a world where every woman loves her body, nourishing fats are enjoyed at every meal, and the word “restriction” isn’t in the dictionary.