lauki kofta

Lauki kofta recipe with step by step photos. Lauki kofta is a light tomato-based delicious gravy dunked with koftas made from bottle gourd (lauki or ghia or dudhi).

First time I heard about and also had lauki ke kofte 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, Aloo kofta, Veg kofta but not of this one.

lauki kofta curry recipe

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 mildly 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 recipe

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 ka 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 gravy 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 beforehand and refrigerate. Then make the gravy 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 gravy.

How to make lauki kofta

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 gravy.

grate lauki for lauki kofta recipe

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

making lauki kofta recipe

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.

making lauki kofta recipe

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

making lauki kofta recipe

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 fried lauki ke kofte on paper tissues so that the extra oil is absorbed.

making lauki kofta recipe

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

making lauki kofta recipe

Making lauki kofta gravy

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.

preparing lauki kofta recipe

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

spices for lauki kofta recipe

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

preparing lauki kofta recipe

11: add the strained bottle gourd juice. Add water. Stir and simmer lauki kofta gravy and cook for 10-12 minutes more. Don’t cover the pan with any lid.

preparing lauki kofta recipe

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 lauki ke kofte With rotis, naan or basmati rice. Also goes well with jeera rice.

lauki kofta curry, lauki kofta recipe

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Lauki Kofta

4.66 from 44 votes
lauki ke kofte is a light tomato based delicious curry dunked with koftas made from bottle gourd.
lauki kofta
Author:Dassana Amit
Prep Time:30 mins
Cook Time:30 mins
Total Time:1 hr
Course:main course
Cuisine:north indian
Servings (change the number to scale):4 servings
(1 CUP = 250 ML)


For making kofta

  • 2 cups Grated lauki (bottle gourd or opo squash or dudhi)
  • 3.5 to 4 tablespoon Besan (gram flour)
  • ¼ teaspoon Garam masala powder
  • ¼ teaspoon Red chili powder
  • 1 Green chili (hari mirch) - finely chopped
  • Salt as required
  • Oil for deep or shallow frying the koftas

For making masala paste

  • 2 Large tomatoes - roughly chopped
  • 1 Medium sized onion - roughly chopped
  • 1 Green chili (hari mirch) - chopped
  • 1 inch Ginger (adrak) - chopped
  • 4 to 5 Garlic (lahsun) - chopped
  • 2 tablespoon Broken cashews

Other ingredients for lauki kofta

  • 1 teaspoon Cumin
  • ¼ or ½ teaspoon Red chili powder
  • ¼ teaspoon Turmeric powder
  • 1 teaspoon Coriander powder
  • ¼ or ½ teaspoon Garam masala powder Or punjabi garam masala powder
  • 1 cup Water or as required
  • 1.5 or 2 tablespoon Oil - if using fresh oil
  • Salt as required
  • Sugar as required (optional)


making lauki kofta

  • Rinse and peel the lauki (bottle gourd). Grate it.
  • Squeeze the grated lauki and collect the juice in a bowl or mug. Keep the juice aside.
  • Mix all the ingredients for making the koftas with the grated lauki except oil.
  • Make small round shaped balls or patties. 
  • Heat oil in a kadai or frying pan. fry the lauki kofta in the oil, till they are even golden browned from all sides.
  • Drain the fried kofta on tissues so that the extra oil is absorbed.

making masala paste

  • 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.

making lauki kofta gravy

  • Remove extra oil from the frying pan in which the koftas were fried. Keep about 1.5 or 2 tbsp oil.
  • Heat the oil and first fry the cumin. Then add the masala paste.
  • Fry for 8-10 minutes and then add all the spice powders.
  • Stir and continue to fry the masala paste till it starts leaving oil from the sides.
  • Add the juice and about 1 cup water to the paste. 
  • Stir and simmer for 10-12 minutes. Lastly, add the fried kofta.
  • Switch off the fire and let them be in the curry for a few minutes.
  • Garnish with coriander leaves and serve lauki kofta hot with rotis, naan or jeera rice.


  • If you like a sweet taste in your curries, you can add sugar too.
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177 comments/reviews

  1. 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.

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

    • 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.

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

  4. 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.5 stars

  5. 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.4 stars

  6. 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.

    • 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.

  7. 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.

  8. Hi Dassana I tried this yesterday and it came out fabulous….. the gravy was thick and smooth…..hit with my family5 stars

  9. 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!!!!

  10. 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.4 stars

  11. 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.5 stars

  12. 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.

    • 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.

  13. OMG this looks soooooo delicious! My mouth is watering. *slurp*

    I’ve had lauki pakoras in a tomato gravy before but your koftas look so much more neat and pretty. 🙂

  14. Lauki is such a verstaile veggie…u can use it to make sweets dishes as well as savory. Lauki halwa (made like gajar ka halwa) is one of my favs….I loved ur pics and recipe.

  15. 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!

  16. 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

  17. Looks delicious! The pics are amazing Dassana. Lauki Kofta’s are a regular at my home. I never add cashew paste to the gravy…next time will add cashews for a more thicker and richer flavour.

  18. 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! 🙂

  19. 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