Indian Style Cheese Balls in Creamy Tomato Gravy

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Don’t you feel so very special to receive emails from people just asking you how are you? Or where are you? People whom you may have never met, people whom you probably cannot recognize walking on the road but people who just tell you there is so much love around you. Well I have to say Thank You for making me feel so much blessed and loved. Your emails always make me smile.

Before I share today’s recipe I want to let you all know I’m doing good and I’m pretty much stationed on this planet. Life has been really buys lately on both personal and professional front. Rather I’m trying my bets to juggle every front…

I am a person of routine and sometime when my routine get all messed up I get all worked up. I know it is too late for New Year Resolution but my resolution for 2014 is to get my routine back, AMEN! And hopefully everything will be back in place real soon.

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Anyways without talking any further let me share with you all today’s recipe. Toady we are making “Indian Style Cheese Balls in Creamy Tomato Gravy” aka Paneer Kofta. I am sure for must of you this recipe needs no introduction but for those who are new to Indian Cuisine, this is a luscious preparation made with fried Paneer(Indian Cheese) balls slathered with divinely creamy tomato gravy. A fantastic dish for everyone and an absolutely must in your recipe repertoire if you need some rich vegetarian dish to flaunt.

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This recipe is divided in 2 parts, the cheese balls and the gravy. Honestly you can make both of them a day ahead and keep it in the refrigerator. The only trick is to add the cheese balls to the gravy right before the serving, as it tends to get soft and mushy and break if kept in gravy for long period.

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So I hope you all will give this recipe a try and I am sure you will love it!

Indian Style Cheese Balls in Creamy Tomato Gravy

Yield: serves 4 - 6


    For Paneer Balls
  • 2 cups Paneer (approx. 8oz), grated
  • 2 medium size potatoes, (boiled, peeled and mashed)
  • 3 tablespoons corn flour
  • Salt as per taste
  • Oil to shallow fry the balls
  • For Gravy
  • 4-5 tomatoes
  • 1 jalapeno
  • 1-inch ginger, peeled
  • ½ teaspoon cumin seeds
  • ½ teaspoon turmeric powder
  • 1 ½ teaspoons coriander powder
  • ¼ teaspoon red chili powder
  • Salt as per taste
  • ½ teaspoon garam masala (optional)
  • 2 tablespoons ketchup
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • ½ cup heavy cream
  • Chopped cilantro for garnish


    Paneer Balls
  1. In a large clean bowl add grated Paneer, mashed potatoes, corn flour and salt. Mix well by kneading it as you would knead dough. It should come together as well-kneaded dough. Now make equal size small balls from this dough. It should yield approximately 14-16 balls.
  2. Now is a frying pan/wok heat the oil on medium-high heat, fry these balls till they turn to golden brown. Take them out on paper towel and keep aside. (Fry the balls in batches if needed to avoid crowding the pan)
  3. Gravy
  4. Puree tomatoes, jalapeno and ginger together along with 2-3 tablespoon of water to help it to puree easily.
  5. Heat oil in a large saucepan on medium-high heat. Add cumin seeds fry for 25-30 seconds or till they start to turn brown. Now add the pureed tomato mixture along with salt, turmeric powder and red chili powder. Fry till this mixture for few minutes constantly stirring until you start to see the oil separating on the sides of the pan. Now add the tomato ketchup, sugar and dried fenugreek leaves, cook another 2-3 minutes.
  6. Add 1 cup of water (little more if needed) to get a gravy consistency. Finally add garam masala and heavy cream, keep stirring and cook for another 3-4 minutes. If you feel gravy is to thick add a little more water.
  7. Finally add the fried Paneer balls to the gravy, gently stir to well coat all the balls. Remove the pan from the heat and cover it with lid. Let it stand for 5 minutes before serving.
  8. Serve hot with Nan or rice.


It is recommended to add fried cheese balls to the gravy before serving to avoid them from getting soggy and breaking.


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  • Kankana February 4, 2014, 6:56 pm

    That looks just too good, the creamy sauce and the paneer koftas! LOVELY shots too. Hope you are able to make some time for yourself sweetie, in this crazy busy life.. xx

  • Rosa February 4, 2014, 8:29 pm

    I’m a lso a person of routine and I hate it when it gets messed up.

    Thsi dish is fabulous! I bet it tastes really good. Finely, I have found paneer in Geneva…



  • sue/the view from great island February 4, 2014, 8:57 pm

    This looks amazing, I love the rich color of the sauce, can’t wait to give them a try!

  • yummychunklet February 4, 2014, 9:01 pm

    Looks like a really delicious side dish!

  • Tanvi@SinfullySpicy February 5, 2014, 5:20 am

    If I have a choice between chicken in creamy sauce & paneer kofta, I will opt for latter. Very lovely recipe and shots my dear. I m so happy that you find time & share with us. And I already told you – I LOVE that platter :)
    Have a happy week ahead.

  • Kiran @ February 5, 2014, 5:45 am

    Amidst a very busy schedule, I’m enamored by your enthusiasm to share beautiful and tasty recipes. Kudos my friend.

    Pinned :)

  • Dixya @ Food, Pleasure, and Health February 5, 2014, 6:48 pm

    i hear what you mean by busy schedule ..sometimes i wish i have 40 hours a day or something. These look so heavenly, I am going to try this sometime.

  • Nami | Just One Cookbook February 7, 2014, 6:03 pm

    Wow it looks so delicious, Reem! Sorry you’ve been so busy, but hope you are well. :) I would love to make this gravy!

  • Raymund February 9, 2014, 10:24 pm

    I love all the combination of flavours on that plate. Looks so very delicious

  • mjskit February 10, 2014, 4:01 pm

    Hope your busy schedule calms down soon. I know how nice routines are. They seem to make life easier don’t they. :) Yes, I am familiar with this dish, and have ordered it many times at my favorite Indian restaurant, but have never made it at home. Yours looks better than anything I’ve ever ordered. What a beautiful and tasty sauce! Thanks for sharing!!!

  • Karen (Back Road Journal) February 14, 2014, 12:13 am

    I’m happy you shared the recipe as I’ve never had it.

  • Lail | With A Spin February 18, 2014, 6:08 am

    Amen to the routine and that goes for me as well. I feel out of pace when the routine is not in place.

    I’ve never tried paneer kofta but sounds and looks delicious. Must try on my list.

  • Kitchen Belleicious February 25, 2014, 3:44 pm

    what a great idea! Its like a rice ball but with cheese and I love that it is covered in this yummy delicious sauce/gravy! Deliciousness at its best

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