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lauki kofta curry recipe

lauki kofta recipe – first time i heard about and also had lauki kofta at my in-law’s home. i had never heard nor knew that a curry is made from bottle gourd koftas. i knew of malai kofta, cabbage kofta, paneer kofta, aloo kofta but not of this one.

lauki/ghia also known as bottle gourd or opo squash is used to make the fried dumplings and then added to a tangy tomato based gravy. the whole curry is mildy spiced and has a good flavor and slight tang due to tomatoes. the koftas along with the curry taste really yummy.

my first impression on having the curry was – the koftas were yum… they just melted in the mouth. but the curry base tasted to me somewhat like tomato rasam… not exaggerating. this is what i genuinely felt when i had the lauki kofta curry the first time. it was like koftas in tomato rasam. nevertheless i enjoyed having it since i am a rasam fan.

since mil does not add anything to the curry paste made primarily of tomatoes and some onions, ginger, garlic etc… and the tempering of cumin in this tomato based curry was one of the reasons the curry tasted much like tomato rasam.

lauki kofta

so i improvised upon her recipe and to make the gravy more smooth and creamy, i started adding cashews. cashews not only enhance the taste, but even give a smooth rich consistency to the gravy.

this lauki kofta recipe requires you to do some prep work before hand like making the lauki koftas or pakoras. in this recipe i have made koftas. as a result, they don’t absorb much of the gravy. however if you make pakoras/fritters, they do absorb a lot of the curry and swell up and can break also. so its advisable to add them when you serve and not before.

the difference between koftas and pakoras is the consistency of the mixture or batter. the kofta mixture is thicker. whereas the pakora mixture has pouring consistency. you can choose whatever is easier for you to make. pakoras will be much easier to make than shaping and making the koftas.

you can make the kofta or pakoras before hand and refrigerate. then make the curry the next day. the koftas made from this recipe can be added to the gravy safely. they won’t break. these koftas are not porous and hence don’t absorb much of the curry.

lets start step by step lauki kofta curry recipe:

1: rinse, peel and grate the lauki aka bottle gourd aka opo squash. squeeze the grated lauki. however, keep the juice. we will use this juice in the curry.

grate the lauki

2: add the besan/gram flour, spice powders, salt.

3: mix well and form small sized round or oval balls. if you add water to this mixture, then you will get a batter consistency which will help you in making pakoras. if making pakoras, then just drop spoonfuls of the batter to the oil while frying. add less water to make the batter.

4: heat oil in a kadai or frying pan. you can shallow fry or deep fry. gently place the kofta in the hot oil. i first added one just to make sure if it breaks or does not break.

5: fry the koftas in the oil, till they are even golden browned from all sides. the first kofta which i added has already got browned.

fry lauki kofta in oil

6: drain on tissues so that the extra oil is absorbed.

7: make a smooth paste of tomatoes, onions, green chilies, ginger, garlic and cashews.

8: remove the extra oil from the same pan in which you fried the koftas. keep around 1.5 or 2 tbsp oil. heat the oil and fry the cumin first. then add the masala paste. be careful as the paste splutters. if there is too much spluttering, then just cover the pan with a lid not covering the pan fully. allow some steam to escape. the spluterring will stop when the mixture thickens. remove the lid. keep stirring the masala at times.

9: when the mixture has thickened, add the all the dry spice powders – turmeric, red chili powder, coriander powder and garam masala powder.

dry spices for lauki kofta

10: stir and let the masala cook for 3-4 minutes more or till the mixture starts to leave oil.

11: add the strained bottle gourd juice. add water. stir. simmer and cook for 10-12 minutes more. don’t cover the pan with any lid.

12: lastly add salt and stir. if you like a sweet taste in your curries, you can add sugar too. add the fried lauki kofta.

serve the lauki kofta curry with rotis, naan or steamed basmati rice. also goes well with jeera rice.

lauki kofta curry

if you are looking for similar recipes then do check cabbage koftaaloo paneer kofta, lauki chana dal curry, lauki coconut curry and malai kofta recipe.

lauki kofta recipe details below:

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lauki kofta recipe
lauki kofta: a light tomato based curry dunked with koftas made from bottle gourd.
CUISINE: north indian
SERVES: 4 servings
INGREDIENTS (measuring cup used, 1 cup = 250 ml)
for making the koftas:
  • 2 cups grated lauki or ghia/bottle gourd or opo squash
  • 31/2 to 4 tbsp besan/gram flour
  • ¼ tsp garam masala powder
  • ¼ tsp red chili powder/lal mirch powder
  • 1 green chili/hari mirch, finely chopped
  • salt as required
  • oil for deep or shallow frying the koftas
for making the masala paste:
  • 2 large tomatoes, roughly chopped
  • 1 medium sized onion, roughly chopped
  • 1 green chili, chopped
  • 1 inch ginger/adrak, chopped
  • 4-5 garlic/lahsun, chopped
  • 2 tbsp broken cashews/kaju
rest of the ingredients:
  • 1 tsp cumin/jeera
  • ¼ or ½ tsp red chili powder/lal mirch powder
  • ¼ tsp turmeric powder/haldi
  • 1 tsp coriander powder/dhania powder
  • ¼ or ½ tsp punjabi garam masala powder or garam masala powder
  • 1 cup water or as required
  • 1.5 or 2 tbsp oil if using fresh oil
  • salt as required
  • sugar as required and optional
  1. rinse and peel the lauki/bottle gourd. grate it.
  2. squeeze the grated lauki and collect the juice in a bowl or mug. keep the juice aside.
  3. mix all the ingredients for making the koftas with the grated lauki except oi.
  4. make small round shaped balls or patties and shallow or deep fry in oil till golden brown. drain on paper tissues.
  5. blend all the ingredients mentioned under masala paste with little or no water to a smooth paste. don't add too much water as then the whole mixture splutters while frying.
  6. remove extra oil from the frying pan in which the koftas were fried. keep about 1.5 or 2 tbsp oil.
  7. heat the oil and first fry the cumin. then add the masala paste.
  8. fry for 8-10 mins and then add all the spice powders.
  9. stir and continue to fry the masala paste till it starts leaving oil from the sides.
  10. add the juice and about 1 cup water to the paste. stir and simmer for 10-12 minutes. lastly add the fried lauki kofta.
  11. switch off the fire and let them be in the lauki curry for a few minutes.
  12. garnish with coriander leaves and serve lauki kofta hot with rotis, naan or jeera rice.

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  1. sandeepika says

    It’s really very very helpful for those who love cooking and also helpful to those who love eating such yummy and lovely dishes

  2. mamta sobti says

    Hi i tried the lauki ki kofta its had become very tasty it was in different gravy ,i am a punjabi so we make this koftas ,in a common gravy of onion and tomotoe ,tried this method and shared the koftas with friends they too enjoyed it

  3. teena says


    Looks yummy. Have not made it but planning to go for it. But there’s a doubt. Suppose the 1st kofta u placed on the oil breaks thn what measure to be taken so that the rest of the koftas doesn’t break. As u mentioned above tht u placed 1 to ensure if itbreaks or not. Fortunately it didn’t but what if it breaks. Do we have to put more besan/lauki??Moreover, dear whencani expect the toddlers section u mentioned u’ll introduce inaloo matar blog. I m wholeheartedly looking forward to it.


    • says

      thanks teena. add some more besan if the first lauki kofta breaks. i am not getting time to make category for toddlers recipes. but will try to do it as soon as possible.

  4. Ann says

    Hi I am going to give a try to this recipe tomorrow but I have a query beforehand since my earlier experience has turned down about making paste of onion and tomato gravy. Somehow that raw taste of onion still last after the gravy is cooked.

    How to rectify this as I have seen in many recipes people have mentioned to use tomato and onion mix and then sauté it.

    • says

      ann, you have to saute the onions tomato paste till you see the oil leaving the sides. the paste should thicken. and you should see nice amount of oil on the sides. that means the onions and tomatoes are cooked.

  5. Prerna says

    I made it for dinner yesterday & it came out delicious. I forgot to add cashews so my gravy was little darker but still very flavorful. Also in kofta I added ajwain so that it helps in digestion.

  6. shasi says

    I made this lauki kofta today which came awesome. I usually make this without tomato & cashewnut but both these ingredient made the curry delicious.
    Thanks a lot!!!

  7. Veena says

    Made this just now.My first lauki dish and my first kofta.. so glad to share that it turned out delicious!! just like all the other recipes ive tried from your space.

    Big Thanks to you Dasanna! Your blog is my one stop shop to make anything yummy!


  8. Meena Agarwal says

    Too good recipe.My hubby love this i m not good at cooking.just asking u a queston you fry kofta in medium flame or high flame?

  9. Suparna says

    Dassana my mom makes delicious lauki koftas and I have been craving for it for some time! I came across your recipe and decided to give it a try it was delicious thanks a lot, loved it!!!

  10. rachitha says

    My husband is such a fuss pot when it comes to food. Its so hard to please him. I made these today with rotis and he just loved them. Thanks a ton for sharing.

  11. Sathya says

    I made this awesome Lauki kofta recipe of yours for dinner along with pressure cooker pulao from your site. It turned out yummy! Thank you very much dear Dassana!

  12. himani says

    Hi Dassana,
    My koftas were hard to bite :( . I have been making lauki pakoras using a medium consistency batter and they are always good. But this time I tried my hand at koftas and they were hard :( . What could have been the reason?

    • says

      hard to bite? lauki is such a soft veggie, so i wonder how the koftas can be hard. even if you add less besan, then too the kofta should not be hard. you can make the koftas with medium consistency batter too. not sure what must have went wrong.

  13. siris says

    Hi, Lauki n cabbage are two veg. im weak in cooking, but this one helped me a lot, now im master in this, n experimenting with Fresh coconut etc., whenever I find myself difficult situation “WHAT TO COOK TODAY” , Your site is always good to fall back on, Thank you so very much, with simple yet yummy recipe.

  14. Seema poddar says

    I tried Lauki kofta curry today everyone liked it’s taste was amazing. This site is really helpful all the vegetarian. Method is very simple, everyone can try. Once again I thank you.

  15. Reena says

    hi dassana, today i made this recipe for the 3rd time and each time i got so many compliments…:) … thank you so much…

  16. Moni says

    Thanks for sharing your wonderful recipe. LOVED the gravy. I didn’t have the squash, so served with veggie pakora instead. I can’t wait to make this again with your koftas!

  17. Sonali Hirulkar says

    Amazing & delicious recipe. Lauki / cabbage veggies are those vegetables which are normally not made often at home. But lauki/cabbage kofta or can say manchurian curry is so simple to cook yet tasty and yummy that I have cooked this dish second time now. Wow! You all my friends..please try it at home as well just need a little effort to grate, squash & deep fry the veggie.

  18. lynne Morris says

    What could be used instead of the first ingredient. Looking for less vegetable like consistency and firmer Kofta.

    • says

      in this recipe, the first ingredient is essential as the recipe is of lauki or opo squash kofta. if you add any other veggies, it will be vegetable koftas. you can add any other veggies like grated carrots, zucchini, cabbage, french beans.

  19. sana says

    What an awesome way to cook bottle gourd!
    Can you please tell me a substitute for cashews, as my son is allergic. Breadcrumbs?

  20. Monika Sharma says

    Just finished cooking kofta curry and it looks delicious. Thank you so much mam for this wonderful recipe. I am a student and seldom get time for cooking and helping mom in chores and stuff but whenever i can i always cook your recipes:-)
    Plus i added some bread crumps to thicken the gravy a little bit.

  21. Anjali Mary.P says

    Yummy!!!! I tried it fo the first time! Jus a couple of minutes ago. Thank u ma’am fo yo wonderful recipe.. i am a Kannadiga. My mom jus loved it.

  22. Ryan says

    Hi dassana,

    The receipe was good. I was able to make curry and it was good. But my pakoras broke into oil. How can I improvise that.

    • says

      if the batter is of medium consistency, then the pakoras will break in oil. so if you follow the recipe for koftas as mentioned in this post, they won’t break. but if you make pakoras, they will break. so for pakoras, i suggest to just add them when serving. reheat the gravy before serving and then add the pakoras. if the pakoras are kept in the gravy for a time much before serving than they break.

  23. Farah says

    Hey dassana

    Made lauki koftas yesterday. Turned out awesome. I was scared it would not hold together n crumble in the curry so had to adjust the besan accordingly. I added saunf (fennel) to the koftas while making the batter… just around one n half tsps. It added a great yet subtle flavour.

  24. Anitha says

    Hi Dassana I tried this yesterday and it came out fabulous….. the gravy was thick and smooth…..hit with my family

  25. Zoya says

    This is an amazing recipe, tried it for dinner, didn’t take much time and it was great. For a first time try I received a lot of compliments.

    Thanks a lot!!!!

  26. Ashwini says

    Hi Dassana,
    This is a winner of a recipe. Made it for dinner today. Had it with chappatis , it tasted really good, especially the koftas..yum…Thank you.

  27. Shruthi says

    Very tasty, very easy and simple to make and is ready within an hour! Simply loved the taste. This was the first time that I ever had lauki kofta and it turned out delicious. definitely will go into my recipe book and will be made many more times! Good work and thank you for posting it.

  28. Sanjay Singh says

    using powder of roasted chanaa dal instead of besan makes it even better and easier to digest. Other day I made this and forgot to add garam masala(don’t use powdered cumin or corriander in this recipe) even then it tasted great. You can try using small quantity of sugar/honey to compliment the tang of tomatoes.

    • says

      you mean sattu ka atta? without coriander or cumin powder, the curry base also tastes good. yup, some sugar can sure make the curry a bit sweet and balance the tang of the tomatoes.

  29. says

    What a lovely dish! Love your pictures too!
    I have never tried this at home but my mom in law makes it often and I love it. You have definitely inspired me to cook this for dinner soon!

  30. says

    Simply love the recipe and the pictures…I am definately gonna try to make these for my cousins 16th B’day party brunch.
    Thanks for sharing the recipe

  31. Pooja says

    Oh! I love ghiya kofta curry but sadly, DH does’nt. But I think I am going to make this for lunch tomorrow! Want to see how the cashew will make the difference. Thanks! :-)

  32. says

    wonderful dassana

    i love the bowl as it enhances the look of the gravy
    lauki or ghia kofta i have on my space too

    check out when u get time

    these are absolutely yummylicious