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Paneer, Millet and Dudhi Koftas - Airfryer Recipe

Leftover millets, paneer and bottle gourd come together to make a delicious snack, perfect for the cold weather days.
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 20 mins
Course Snack
Cuisine Indian
Servings 3 serving


  • 1/2 cup millet cooked foxtail
  • 1/2 cup paneer
  • 1 cup bottle gourd lauki grated / / dudhi
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp ginger grated
  • 1 tsp green chilli finely chopped
  • 1/4 cup coriander leaves finely chopped
  • 2 tsps coriander powder
  • 2 tbsps rice flour


  • In a large bowl, knead and mash the paneer and cooked millets together.
  • Squeeze out all the water from the grated bottle gourd and add it to the bowl, along with all other ingredients, including 2 tsp oil. Keep aside 1 tsp oil.
  • The rice flour and cooked millets should help bind the dough well.
  • Divide into 10 portions and roll between palms into smooth balls / koftas.
  • Preheat airfryer at 190 celsius (4-5 mins).
  • Meanwhile brush the koftas with remaining 1 tsp oil.
  • In preheated airfryer, place the koftas and set timer to 12 minutes. The koftas are ready when it is golden brown and crisp on the outside.
  • Serve hot with a coriander chutney as a snack or add it to a gravy / curry base to make a kofta curry, that goes well with a pulao, plain rice or rotis.


Add the koftas in a gravy to make a kofta curry.
TIP: To make an instant curry base, use a packet of readymade bhuna masala (ginger-garlic-tomato-onion paste). Saute it for 2-3 minutes in a pan. Whisk together 1/2 cup yogurt, 1 cup water and 1 tbsp chickpea flour (besan) and add it the sauteed bhuna masala in the pan. Bring this to a simmer. Adjust seasonings. Just before serving, add the koftas to this and coat well in curry. Serve immediately