Lauki Koftas are a common dish and are usually prepared in every Indian household. These are fried vegetarian lauki or dumplings made from bottle gourd and are tossed in onion-tomato based rich gravy and are usually served with steamed rice or hot chapatis.

 

The secret in making perfect koftas lies in the water content of the grated lauki itself. The less water the grated lauki has, the easier it is to form into balls without being sloppy. However, you can add besan and curd to the mixture if you want soft koftas.

Kofta Curry
Kofta Curry

 

Ingredients

 

For Kofta

  • 1 pc. Small Lauki or Bottle Gourd
  • 1 cup Besan
  • ¼ tsp. Red Chili Powder
  • ¼ tsp. Haldi
  • 1 tsp. Sukha Dhaniya or Coriander Powder
  • 1 tsp. Yogurt or Thick Market Curd (optional)
  • Salt to taste
  • Oil for frying

 

For Masala

  • 3 tbsps. Onion-tomato paste
  • 1 ½ tsp. Curd
  • ¼ tsp. Cumin Seeds
  • ¼ tsp. Garam Masala Powder
  • ¼ tsp. Haldi or Turmeric Powder
  • ¼ tsp. Red Chili Powder
  • 1 tsp. Sukha Dhaniya or Coriander Powder
  • 1 tbsp. Oil
  • 1 tsp. Cream (optional)
  • Salt to taste

 

Directions

  1. Prepare the kofta by washing, peeling and grating the lauki or bottle gourd first. Use the bigger side of the grater in grating the lauki.

 

  1. Tightly squeeze the grated lauki before transferring it to a big bowl or else the entire mixture will become runny and difficult to handle. Add the rest of the ingredients except the curd and mix well until all are evenly blended.

 

  1. If you are using an appe pan, you can just brush some oil, put a tablespoon of batter in each depression and let it cook for 7-8 minutes before turning the other side. On the other hand, if you are frying the kofta, you must shape the mixture into balls before frying until the balls turn golden brown.

 

  1. Prepare the gravy by adding oil and cumin seeds in a heated pan. As it sizzles, stir in onion-tomato paste along with the curd and mix well. Add the rest of the spices one by one and mix until all of them are evenly blended.

 

  1. Sauté for 2 to 3 minutes over medium flame before putting in ¾ to 1 cup of water and bringing it to a boil. Once it starts boiling, turn down the flame and let it cool.

 

  1. Using a hand blender, puree the gravy until it becomes thick in consistency. Add the koftas and let is simmer for 10-15 minutes until the koftas get soaked and had absorbed some of the gravy. Garnish with cream and chopped cilantro then serve.
How to Cook Kofta Curry
How to Cook Kofta Curry

 

How to Cook Kofta Curry
How to Cook Kofta Curry

 

How to Cook Kofta Curry
How to Cook Kofta Curry

 

How to Cook Kofta Curry
How to Cook Kofta Curry

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