Malai Kofta Vada Pav recipe

Every time I am in a process of cooking least enjoyable recipes, my mind is having highest exposure of inventing some new recipe. Well I am trying to be positive about cooking same ole same ole. Do you have one of those days when you save even little left over curry because it was so yummy but next day its not enough for you and hubby both and have to cook something anyway. This recipe was quick for me, as I had leftover Punjabi gravy. So, here I come with some twist to  Mumbai-ya vada pav.  Now this combination might not work well for everyone’s taste buds but it is very interesting. Note: photos are not from my kitchen. I am to update soon.


Ingredients for punjabi red gravy:

3 -4 medium tomatoes boiled and peeled skin, onion powder (optional), 3 cloves of fresh garlic(optional), 1/2 inch ginger grated, 2 small green chili paste (if you like spicy), 1 tsp tomato Ketchup, salt per your taste, 3 tbsp cashew powder, pinch of sugar(optional), 1.5 tbsp kitchen king masala, 2 tbsp heavy cream. 1/2 tsp red pepper powder

Ingredients for Vada=Kofta:

2 cups grated paneer, 2 cups of boiled- mashed potatoes, 1/2 tbsp cardamom powder, 1/2 tsp saunf (variyali) powder(optional), 1 cup  finely chopped cilantro

Ingredients for Vada coating

2 tbsp oil, 1.5 cup gram flour Gram flour, salt per taste, 1/2 tsp ajwain, 1 cup very finely chopped spinach leaves. (this is a twist, you can avoid step 3, 4 & 5 with Style 1 below).

Ham burger bread/pav per your requirement.

Chutneys: garlic Chutney , green cilantro chutney and Dates chutney.


  1. First of all, prepare gravy if you don’t have it from left over. Give it some time to cool down while we prepare for kofta mixture.
  2. Gravy preparation similar to any Punjabi gravy you make. Remove skin of boiled tomatoes and make a puree. Add all the ingredients except heavy cream. Now take 1 tbsp oil in pan and heat it. Add the the gravy mix to cook for 15 minutes.Once oil starts separating, add heavy cream. As soon as the gravy is ready, let it cool while you prepare your vada coating mix. Make sure gravy is not too runny.

                           ——  Style 1 (Spinach coated Vadas/Koftas) —–

            3. For vada coating(with spinach), heat oil in pan. Add gram flour and keep mixing, so no lumps left. Add salt, ajwain and finely chopped spinach. It will turn in to sticky paste as water from spinach leaves. Make sure you keep mixing well for no lumps. This option is good if you want to make your kofta/vada in appam pan(no fry).

4.Now to Vadas/Koftas, mix all ingredients for vada/kofta and 3 tbsp of red gravy prepared. This twist will give that northern kick to mubaiya vada pav. Make small balls of this mixture.

5.For vada coating with spinach, take a medium chunck of this mix and spread oil in your palm. Now pat it into small puri and stuff the paneer-potato balls in puri. Roll them nicely and  fry them on medim flame. Alternatively you can cook them in appam pan.

OR———–Style 2  NO-Spinach coated Vadas/Koftas——–

3. For vada coating (without spinach), just take gram flour and add water as needed to make batter. Add salt, ajwain and 1 tsp hot oil.

4.Now to Vadas/Koftas, mix all ingredients for vada/kofta and 3 tbsp of red gravy prepared. This twist will give that northern kick to mubaiya vada pav. Make small balls of this mixture.

5.For Vada coating without spinach the dip the paneer-potato balls in batter and fry.

6.Take ham burger pav. Spread Green chutney on one side and Red garlic chutney on other. Put your vadas in between pav and bite into mind blowing Malai Kofta Vada Pav. You can serve this with tomato ketchup or dates chutney on the side.

If you are feeling more adventurous, you can also put garlic chutney and green chutney on one side and spread Punjabi Gravy on other pav to give it a try. That adventure was not for me as it tasted like eating Punjabi subji with bread.  Some people like butter Pav and others eat without toasting pav. If you already have left over gravy, its very quick. Do try this in your kitchen and let me know how your family liked it.


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