Methi Paneer Kofta In Palak Gravy / Fenugreek And Cottage Cheese Balls In Spinach Gravy

Methi paneer kofta in palak gravy or fenugreek and cottage cheese balls in spinach gravy.
If you don’t like the bitterness of methi or fenugreek leaves then its perfect for you. Kofta or balls are delicious and mildly flavoured with methi. And the palak or spinach gravy is rich creamy and delicious. I didn’t add cream but if you like, you can add 1 – 2 Tablespoon cream at the end.

This week our 177 #Foodiemonday bloghop theme is magic with fresh methi leaves.
I don’t like methi but don’t want to skip bloghop. So made it and this kofta curry is a super hit among my family.
This week Sasmita Sahoo Samanta who blog at First Timer Cook suggested the theme this week. Visit her blog for mouthwatering recipes. Thanks Sasmita for this wonderful suggestion.

I always avoid to deep fry the kofte. But this time I have fried them. You can use your appe pan to fry the kofta in very little oil or you can shallow fry. You can also use almond instead of cashew nuts if you want. Soak the almonds in hot water or microwave for 1 minute with water and peel when cool. Cornflour can be used instead of besan or chickpea flour.

Recipe

For kofta

Methi or fenugreek leaves – 1 cup, chopped

Paneer or cottage cheese – 1 cup, crumbled

Potatoes – 2 medium, boiled and peeled

Besan or chickpea flour – 3 tablespoon

Salt to taste

Black pepper powder – 1/2 teaspoon

Grated ginger – 1/2 teaspoon

Cumin powder – 1 teaspoon

Chaat masala powder – 1 teaspoon

Garam masala powder – 1/4 teaspoon

Oil to fry

For gravy

Palak or spinach – 3 cup, roughly chopped

Green cardamom – 2

Cinnamon – 1/2 inch piece

Cloves – 3

Onion – 1, chopped

Garlic – 2 – 3 cloves, chopped

Ginger – 1/2 inch piece, chopped

Green chilli – 1 – 2 chopped

Tomato – 2 medium, chopped

Cashew nuts – 10 – 12

Cumin powder – 1 teaspoon

Turmeric powder – 1/4 teaspoon

Coriander powder – 1 teaspoon

Garam masala powder – 1/4 teaspoon

Salt to taste

Sugar – 1/4 teaspoon, optional

Oil – 2 tablespoon

Butter – 1 tablespoon

Water – 1 & 1/2 cup

Grated coconut to garnish

Method

1. Mash the boiled potatoes.

2. Chop the methi or fenugreek leaves finely in a food processor. Or blend with paneer or cottage cheese in a blender. Don’t add water. We don’t need paste, just make fine pieces of fenugreek leaves and combine with paneer.

3. Mix finely chopped fenugreek leaves with crumble paneer, boiled and mashed potatoes, salt, cumin powder, chaat masala powder, black pepper powder, garam masala powder and besan or chickpea flour. You can add minced garlic if you want.

4. Mix everything well. Make small balls. You can make 14 – 15 balls with this dough.

5. Heat oil in a pan or wok. Slid the balls in the oil, 3 – 4 at a time. Flip with a slatted spatula to fry all the sides.

6. When the ball becomes golden brown remove from oil and place on paper towel.

7. Heat 2 tablespoon oil in a pan. Add green cardamom, cinnamon, cloves, chopped onion, green chilli, garlic and chopped ginger. Stir and fry till the onion becomes light brown.

8. Now add the tomatoes, chopped spinach or palak and cashew nuts.

9. Saute till spinach and tomatoes cooked well and dried up.

10. Remove from heat and let it cool down.
When cool grind the mixture into a smooth paste.

11. Heat butter in a pan. You can use oil if you don’t want to use butter.

12. Add the ground paste. Add salt, sugar, cumin powder, coriander powder, garam masala powder and turmeric powder,. Mix well.

13. Saute the mixture till dried up completely. Stir continuously to avoid sticking at the bottom of the pan.

14. Add water and when it starts to rolling boil reduce the heat. Simmer for 6 – 7 minutes.

15. Add the balls and boil for 1 – 2 minutes. Balls or kofte are soft, so don’t cook more than it to avoid breaking the balls.

16. Remove from heat and garnish with grated coconut. You can garnish with ginger julienne, sliced onions, lemon wedges or tomato slices.

Serve hot with roti, paratha, puri, naan or any bread.

Notes

1. You can use more garlic if you like

2. Add chilli according to your taste.

3. Almond can be used instead of cashew nuts.

4. You can use cornflour instead of besan or chickpea flour for binding.

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Mint Paneer Kofta Or Cottage Cheese Balls In Mint Gravy

Mint paneer kofta or cottage cheese balls in mint gravy. Or you can name it hariyali/green kofta in hariyali/green gravy. Whatever you name it taste is lip-smacking.

Mint is not only nutritious its also a great appetizer. A refreshing herb of summer. Mint, coriander, lemon and spices makes this curry delicious.
A perfect party side dish.
You can serve it with any bread, pulao or steamed rice.

You will love the taste of this delicious aromatic curry.
If you have green chutney then you can make it in a jiffy. I have made kofta in appe pan with very little oil. If you don’t have appe pan you can shallow fry. Enjoy the refreshing taste of mint kofta in mint gravy.

Recipe

Paneer or cottage cheese – 1 & 1/2 cup, crumbled

Cornflour – 2 tablespoon

Mint leaves or pudina – 1 cup

Coriander or cilantro leaves – 1/2 cup, chopped

Ginger – 1 inch piece

Garlic – 4-5 cloves

Green chilli – 2 – 3, chopped

Tomato – 1 medium, chopped

Cashew nuts – 2 tablespoon

Onion – 1 finely chopped

Oil – 2 tablespoon

Cumin powder – 1 teaspoon +1 teaspoon

Coriander powder 1 teaspoon

Turmeric powder – 1/4 teaspoon

Garam masala powder – 1/2 teaspoon +1/2 teaspoon

Black pepper powder – 1/2 teaspoon

Lemon juice – 1 & 1/2 teaspoon

Chaat masala powder – 1 teaspoon

Salt to taste

Method

1. Soak cashew nuts in hot water.

2. Grind mint leaves, coriander leaves, ginger, garlic, green chilli, tomato and soaked cashew nuts. Make a smooth paste.

3. In a bowl mix crumbled paneer or cottage cheese, salt, 1 teaspoon cumin powder, 1/2 teaspoon garam masala powder, black pepper powder, chaat masala powder, 2 tablespoon ground mixture and 2 tablespoon cornflour.

4. Mix well and make small balls. If require you can add little more cornflour. But don’t add much.

5. Heat an appe pan. If you don’t have appe pan you can shallow fry.
Drop few drops oil in the holes. Place the balls over it. Cook on low flame till the balls become golden brown. Flip and cook other side. Kofta is ready. Keep them aside.

6. Heat oil in a pan. Add chopped onion. Fry till onion becomes translucent.

7. Now add the ground spices, cumin powder, coriander powder, turmeric powder and salt. Saute till oil leaves the sides.

8. Add water as much require for the gravy. Don’t make it runny. I like thick gravy.

9. When it starts to rolling boil add paneer balls in it. Cook on low flame for 5 minutes.

10. Switch off the heat. Add lemon juice and mix.
Taste and adjust the seasoning.

Serve hot with roti, paratha, naan, puri, Steamed rice, pulao or any type of bread.

Notes –

1. You can increase or decrease the green chilli as per your spice tolerance.

2. If you like your gravy tangy, add little more lemon juice at the end.

3. Add water as per your desired consistency. If you like light gravy you can add little more water.

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Matar Kofta Or Green Peas Dumplings In Gravy 


Matar kofta.

Green peas dumplings in rich tomato based gravy. One more no onion garlic recipe.

Matar or green peas are easily available in this season. And nutritious low calorie green peas are rich source of vitamins, minerals, antioxidant and folic acid.

We use this to make different dishes like nimona etc. And it mix well with all the other vegetables.

You can make delicious stuffing with it for kachodi, paratha etc. Mix it with potato, cauliflower or any other vegetables it makes the taste better.

This post is going to be a part of 74th #Foodiemonday bloghop theme #Peas.

My contribution is this peas or matar kofta. Delicious spicy peas dumplings in rich tangy tomato based gravy. I have made it without onion garlic but you can use onion garlic if you like. I have already shared some no onion garlic recipe earlier.

These peas dumplings with gravy goes well with pulao, paratha, roti or Indian flat bread. Tomato based gravy is flavoured with cardamom, cinnamon, cloves and mace. And almonds gives the gravy a creamy texture. I didn’t use cream in it but you can use If you like.

Recipe 


For kofta or dumplings 


Grean peas – 1 & 1/2 cup

Ginger – 1/2 inch piece

Green chilli – 1 – 2

Cumin – 1/2 teaspoon

Mustard oil – 2 tablespoon

Hing or asafetida – a pinch

Cumin powder – 1 teaspoon

Garam masala powder – 1/4 teaspoon optional

Salt to taste

Sugar – 1/4 teaspoon

Oil for shallow fry or deep fry

Rice flour – 2 tablespoon for binding

For gravy 


Tomato – 3 medium

Ginger – 1 inch piece

Green chilli – 1 – 2
Almonds – 12

Cardamom – 3

Cinnamon – a Small stick

Cloves – 3

Mace or javitri – 1 string

salt to taste

Cumin powder – 1 teaspoon

Coriander powder – 1 teaspoon

Kashmiri red chilli powder – 1 tablespoon

Turmeric powder – 1/2 teaspoon

Garam masala powder – 1/4 teaspoon

 

Method 



Grind the green peas with green chilli and ginger.

Heat 2 tablespoon mustard oil in a nonstick pan. Add cumin seeds and let it crackle, add the hing or asafetida. Now add the ground mixture with salt, sugar and dry spices. Mix and saute till the mixture dried up completely and raw smell goes away.

You can add 1 chopped dry red chilli if you like it hot. I usually add red chilli when I make it for kachodi stuffing. Yes you can use this mixture as a stuffing for kachodi or paratha too.

 

 

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Taste and adjust the seasoning.

Let the mixture cool down. Add 2 tablespoon rice flour and mix well. You can use besan/chickpea flour or corn flour or refined flour/maida too  instead of rice flour. Make small balls out of it.

Fry the balls. I have shallow fried but you can deep fry too. Or use your appe pan to fry it in very little oil.

We don’t have to make them brown just fry them lightly.

Keep the fried balls aside.

For gravy soak the almonds in hot water or microwave with little water for 2 minutes. You can use cashew nuts if you like. Peel and grind with tomatoes, green chilli, ginger, cardamom, cloves, cinnamon and mace or javitri. Make a smooth paste.

Heat oil in a pan. Add the ground paste. Saute till oil leaves the sides. Add salt and all the dry spices. Mix well. Saute till oil leaves the sides.
If you are using onion and garlic boil 1 chopped onion and 3 – 4 garlic. Grind to make a smooth paste. And fry in oil before adding tomato paste.

Add water to make a thick gravy. When it starts to boil reduce the flame. Cook on low flame for 7 – 8 minutes. Stir occasionally.

You can add 1 – 2 tablespoon cream at this stage. I didn’t.

Arrange the balls on a serving bowl. Pour the hot gravy over it.

Serve hot with pulao, puri, paratha or roti or Indian flat bread.