Chef Saransh Goila Makes Malai Kofta Inspired By ‘The Lunchbox’ For Film’s Producer Guneet Monga; Recipe Inside

Chef Saransh Goila took to Instagram to share a recipe for Malai Kofta that he fell in love with while watching ‘The Lunchbox.’

by Tashika Tyagi
Chef Saransh Goila Makes Malai Kofta Inspired By ‘The Lunchbox’ For Film’s Producer Guneet Monga; Recipe Inside

‘The Lunchbox’ is one of the most beautiful movies of the last decade. People love this movie for its storyline and performance. We, for one, love it for the delicious food featured in it along with the lovely notes! And we aren’t alone! Chef Saransh Goila seems to love the movie’s famous Malai Kofta recipe so much that he even recreated it in his kitchen. The best bit? He prepared the dish, packed it and served it to his friend and the film’s producer, Guneet Monga at her office. To help you replicate the mouth-watering dish at home, we’ve listed down everything from the ingredients to the recipe here.

Saransh Goila Makes Malai Kofta For Guneet Monga


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“Sometimes even the wrong train takes us to the right station…”

This line, along with many others, made us fall in love with the movie ‘The Lunchbox.’ But it was the Malai Kofta recipe being cooked by Nimrat Kaur’s character Ila that won over Chef Saransh Goila’s heart! By his own admission, the chef fell in love with the dish as he watched Nimrat’s character make it on screen. So, he decided to recreate it and shared its recipe on his Instagram as well.

After cooking the Malai Kofta, Chef Saransh packed it in a dabba and took it for the film’s producer and his friend, Guneet Monga. She was pleasantly surprised to see him and quite happy to receive the lunch with super soft koftas. The chef even added a sweet handwritten note in the lunchbox! It had a simple message, “Proud of you Guneet. Love, Go-ila” and it clearly made Guneet Monga happy as she couldn’t help but smile after seeing it.

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Here’s How You Can Make ‘The Lunchbox’ Special Malai Kofta

Saransh Goila Malai Kofta
Image Courtesy: Instagram/saranshgoila

Now that we have tantalised you enough to make this drool-worthy Malai Kofta at home, here’s the recipe that you can follow to make it yourself.


  1. Onions
  2. Tomatoes
  3. Garlic
  4. Ginger
  5. Green chilli
  6. Red chilli powder
  7. Haldi powder
  8. Coriander powder
  9. Garam Masala
  10. Kasuri methi powder
  11. Cashews
  12. Paneer
  13. Coriander
  14. Cornflour
  15. Boiled green peas
  16. Fresh Cream


Saransh Goila Malai Kofta
Image Courtesy: Instagram/saranshgoila
  • Take 1 tbsp ghee in a pan and add jeera to it. Then add some chopped garlic, ginger, and green chilli to it.
  • Add one bowl of onion to the mix and saute it well.
  • Next, add one bowl of chopped tomatoes, followed by some red chilli powder, haldi powder, and coriander powder. Toss in 8-9 cashews and salt with one cup of water and mix it all together.
  • Cover the pan and cook this for 20 minutes on medium to low flame.
  • In the meantime, prepare the koftas.
  • Grate 500 grams of paneer in a bowl and add chopped fresh coriander, garlic, red chilli powder, coriander powder, haldi powder, corn flour, and salt to taste.
  • Bring it all together. Now, take some portions of it and fill it with some boiled peas.
  • Give it a round, kofta shape. Coat it in some corn flour and fry it in medium-hot oil.
Image Courtesy: Instagram/saranshgoila
  • Coming back to the gravy. Once it’s cooked, blend it into a smooth paste.
  • Then add some sugar, garam masala powder, and kasuri methi powder to the blended gravy.
  • Once it all comes together, add about two tbsp of fresh cream to the gravy and add the fried kofta to the gravy.

And that’s all, folks, your Malai Kofta is ready! Who would you pack this malai kofta in a lunchbox for? Let us know in the comments!

Cover Image Courtesy: Instagram/saranshgoila & Rotten Tomatoes

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