Navratri (nine nights) festival which marks the onset of autumn is celebrated in different ways all over the country. It is a festival of worship, dance and music and is celebrated from the first to ninth date of Ashwin Shukla Paksha of the Hindu Calendar for the worship of Goddess Durga. North Indians celebrate the 9 days of Navratri watching the annual Ramlila performances under the post-monsoon skies full of twinkling stars. For 9 days, women wear their best saris and beautiful jewellery, and attend late night cultural programmes of music and dance.
Navratri 2011 will be celebrated from September 28 to October 5.
Here is the recipe of Malai Kofta
1/4 cup mixed nuts, coarsely ground
5 green chillies, cut finely
Oil as needed
1/2 cup grated coconut
5 potatoes, boiled, peeled, mashed
Salt and Sugar
1/2 cup coriander leaves, cut
1 cup fine breadcrumbs
For the gravy:
1 tsp garam masala powder
1 cup cream
3 tomatoes pureed
Salt to taste
1 tbsp chilli powder
1 tsp cumin seeds
1 tbsp sugar
3 cup curd
1 tsp turmeric powder
How to make malaiwale kofte :
Make lemon-sized balls out of the mashed potatoes.
If the potato mash is soft, mix in bread slices dipped in water (squeeze out all water) to the mash and knead well.
Prepare stuffing by mixing coconut, dry nuts, chillies, coriander leaves, salt and sugar to taste.
Flatten each potato ball, put in a small quantity of this stuffing and fold around.
Roll each ball in breadcrumbs.
When all koftas are ready, deep fry them carefully in hot oil.
Remove and reserve.
Heat up 4 tbsps Oil in a fresh pan, mix in cumin seeds, powdered spices, then tomato puree and curd.
Fry till blended.
Mix in sugar, salt, cream and simmer.
Drop in the koftas and serve decorated with a little cream and coriander leaves.
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