lauki kofta
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Lauki Kofta

lauki ke kofte is a light tomato based delicious curry dunked with koftas made from bottle gourd.
Prep Time30 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Total Time1 hr
Course: main course
Cuisine: north indian
Servings: 4 servings
Author: Dassana Amit

Ingredients

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)

Instructions

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.

Notes

  • if you like a sweet taste in your curries, you can add sugar too.