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Aloo Kofta

Potato patties or koftas in a creamy, rich makhani style gravy.
Prep Time45 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time1 hr 5 mins
Course: main course
Cuisine: north indian, punjabi
Servings: 3 to 4
Author: Dassana Amit


For making aloo kofta

  • 250 grams Potatoes Or 2 large potatoes or 3 medium potatoes or 1.25 cups tightly packed mashed potatoes
  • 20 grams Processed cheese or ¼ cup grated cheese Substitute paneer instead of cheese
  • 1.5 to 2 tablespoon Corn starch (substitutes are bread crumbs or rice flour - add accordingly.)
  • ¼ teaspoon Black pepper - crushed
  • Salt as required
  • 4 to 5 tablespoon Oil For shallow frying koftas

For aloo kofta gravy

  • 100 grams Onion Or 1 large onion or 2 medium onion - quartered
  • 200 grams Tomatoes Or 2 large tomatoes or 3 medium tomatoes
  • 15 Almonds Or 14-15 cashews
  • 2 Small tej patta (indian bay leaf) or 1 medium to large tej patta
  • 1 teaspoon Ginger-garlic paste Or ½ inch ginger and 3 to 4 garlic - crushed to a paste in mortar-pestle
  • ½ teaspoon Cumin seeds
  • ¼ teaspoon Turmeric powder
  • ½ teaspoon Kashmiri chili powder Or deghi mirch
  • 1 teaspoon Coriander powder

    (ground coriander)

  • 1 to 1.25 cups Water
  • ¼ to ½ teaspoon Garam masala powder
  • ½ teaspoon Kasuri methi (dry fenugreek leaves) - crushed
  • 3 tablespoon Low fat cream Or 2 tablespoon whipping cream
  • ¼ to ½ teaspoon Sugar Or add as required
  • Salt as required


preparation for aloo kofta

  • First boil or steam 2 large potatoes (250 grams) till they are thoroughly cooked. Allow them to become warm.
  • In another pan or bowl, heat water till it boils and add 2 large tomatoes (200 grams), 1 large onion (100 grams) and 15 almonds. 
  • You can heat the water in a pan, electric heater or microwave. Cover and keep aside for 20 minutes.
  • Roughly chop the onions, tomatoes and add to the grinder and blender. Also peel the almonds and add to the grinder. Instead of almonds, you can use cashews.
  • Grind to a smooth paste. Keep aside.

making aloo kofta

  • When the potatoes, become warm, peel them. Mash very well with a potato masher.
  • Grate 20 grams cheese. You should get 1/4 cup grated cheese. Here I used processed cheese. You can also use paneer.
  • Now add the grated cheese, 1.5 tbsp corn starch, salt and 1/2 tsp crushed black pepper to the mashed potatoes.
  • Instead of black pepper, you can add chopped green chilies or red chili powder in the koftas. Mix very well.
  • Shape in medium sized patties.

frying aloo kofta

  • Heat 4 tbsp oil in a tawa or griddle. First place a small portion of the mixture to check if it breaks or not.
  • If the tiny kofta does not break, then you can safely place the koftas in the hot oil. 
  • If breaking, then add more corn starch to bind the mixture. If you use grated paneer, then you will need to add more corn starch as paneer will leave moisture.
  • Turn over when one side gets golden.
  • Fry the other side and flip again to get an even golden color. You can also deep fry aloo koftas instead of shallow frying.
  • Place the aloo koftas which are done on kitchen paper towels. Continue frying the ones which are not done. Keep the koftas aside.

making aloo kofta gravy

  • Take the same oil in which the koftas were fried in a pan or kadai. You can also take 2 tbsp fresh oil. Add 1/2 cumin seeds and 2 small tej patta or 1 medium to large tej patta.
  • Add the ground tomato-onion-almond paste.
  • Stir very well. Add 1 tsp ginger-garlic paste. Stir.
  • Then add the spice powders - 1/4 tsp turmeric powder, 1/2 tsp kashmiri chili powder or deghi mirch, 1 tsp coriander powder.
  • Stir and saute till the mixture thickens and you see oil specks releasing from the sides and top of the mixture.
  • Add water. Stir very well bring the aloo kofta gravy to a simmer for 3 to 4 minutes.
  • Add salt. Add sugar.
  • Stir and then add 3 tbsp cream, 1/4 tsp garam masala powder and 1/2 tsp kasuri methi, crushed. Add 1/4 tsp garam masala powder if homemade. If store brought than you can add 1/2 tsp garam masala powder.
  • Stir very and switch off the stove top.
  • Pour the gravy in a serving plate or bowl. Place the aloo kofta on the gravy. 
  • Garnish with chopped coriander leaves and serve aloo kofta with rotis, naan or jeera rice.