Vegan Malai Kofta (+ gluten, grain, nut & sugar free) … spicy little balls of Indian yum covered with a creamy spicy gravy

Hi all !

Still moving but paused to create this little number, a vegan malai kofta. It is cold here, so bitterly cold, I needed something to warm me up ! It is a but mucker-round-ary, but not too bad, especially if you have made any of the burgers, breads or other cauli squeezing things before. 

Please note : this do not taste like cauliflower, like at all, I really do not like the taste of cauliflower, it is just used here to stick stuff together and make stuff creamy. Poor Cauliflower !

Anyway, I do hope you enjoy, any questions don’t hesitate to use the Contact Me page or via msg on my FB page,

Love, Joni x

6 vegan malai kofta

1 vegan malai kofta 

5 vegan malai kofta


Malai Kofta (vegan + gluten, grain, nut & sugar-free)
Yields 12
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Kofta balls
  1. 1 medium cauliflower, roughly cut into florets incl the stem (reserving 1 cup for the gravy)
  2. 1 carrot, grated
  3. 1/2 bunch broccolini, minced
  4. 1 tsp chilli powder, less if you don't like heat
  5. 1 tsp Garam Masala
  6. 2 green chilli, seeds removed & sliced (or 1/2 tsp minced red chilli)
  7. 1 tbs lemon juice
  8. Salt & pepper
  9. Coconut oil spray (or other oil spray)
Kofta Gravy
  1. 1 tbs coconut oil
  2. 2 brown onions, diced
  3. 1 tbs garlic, minced
  4. 1 tbs ginger, minced
  5. 1 tsp chilli powder
  6. 2 tsp ground coriander
  7. 2 tsp ground cumin
  8. 1 tsp Garam Masala
  9. 1 tbs Stevia or other sweetner (optional)
  10. 1 tsp Coconut essence
  11. 400g can diced tomatoes, low salt & no added sugar
  12. 2 cups stock (I use Massel vegan chicken stock for this one)
  13. 1 cup of cauliflower florets (from the balls allowance of cauliflower)
To serve
  1. Fresh coriander leaves & fried thinly sliced onion, to serve
  2. 20 ml milk (almond or soy milk if vegan) to dribble over the top (optional), to serve
  1. Preheat oven to 200oC.
To make the gravy
  1. Heat the oil in a large frypan and add the onions, garlic & ginger. Cook for 8-10 mins until translucent. Add the chilli, coriander, cumin, Garam Masala, Stevia (if using), tomatoes, stock & 1 cup of cauliflower.
  2. Turn down heat, stiring & cook for approx. 30-45 mins until cauliflower is falling apart & can be squashed with the back of a spoon.
  3. Blitz using a stick blender or food processor until light coloured & smooth. This can take up to 5 mins.
  4. Season & set aside.
To make the Koftas
  1. In a large bowl, add the cauliflower, cover with cling wrap with a corner left open to let steam escape.
  2. Microwave for 10 mins. Check occasionally and mix around to ensure consistent cooking. Keep cooking until it is squashy & can be mushed with a spoon.
  3. Tip into a tea towel and ,using kitchen gloves, wring out as much moisture as you can, twisting the tea towel up to force the water out. Set aside.
  4. In that same bowl, add the grate carrot & mincd broccolini. Cook for 8 mins until starting to wilt.
  5. Tip into the towel with the cauliflower & repeat the process, wringing until most of the moisture is out.
  6. Tip the whole mix back into the bowl & add the chilli, Garam Masala, fresh chillis & lemon juice. Season.
  7. Using a stick blender, blitz to mixture until is comes together and quite smooth. See pic.
  8. Roll into oval shaped balls and place on a greased oven tray. I use baking paper. Spray with coconut oil spray to place in the oven to cook for 6-8 mins. Remove from oven, turn over carefully & place back in the oven for another 5 mins or so until they are brown & a skin has formed.
  1. Place a few ladles of the gravy in bowls. Top with 3 Koftas each. Add the coriander, fried onions & dribble with a little milk if using.
  2. Serve immediately, nice & hot is best. Can also serve with cauliflower rice, Konjac rice or zucchini noodles.
  1. Gravy can be frozen. It is also good over steamed or stir fry vegetables
  2. Kofta balls are not suitable from freezing once cooked, but mixture can be frozen raw in balls ready for the oven.
  3. Reduce or increase the chilli levels dependingon your own preferences
Adapted from Sanjeev Kapoor
Adapted from Sanjeev Kapoor
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  1. Kaz
    October 23, 2016

    I made this tonight & it was really yummy!!

    • Joni Condos
      October 23, 2016

      Great Kaz ! Joni ?