Sunday, 21 June 2015

Lauki Kofta Curry (Deep fried balls of grated Bottle Gourd in tomatoes onion gravy)

We all have heard about Malai Koftas which is a very famous Punjabi dish and is served in almost all North Indian feasts... 
I saw the lauki kofta recipe in one of the websites when I was searching for the health benefits of the bottle gourd or Lauki as it is called in Hindi. I am told its a very good vegetable in reducing cholesterol...Not sure :) Need to study more about it... 

I anyways decided to go ahead and prepare the Lauki Kofta. This is the first time I am preparing a dish using bottle gourd / lauki. So pl. excuse if it doesnot look the way it should. Anyways, it tasted well  :)

Ingredients - 

For preparing the Koftas

  • Lauki /Bottle gourd – one big grated
  • Besan/Bengal Gram flour/ Kadala Mavu - 2 big table spoons
  • Ginger- one teaspoon (chopped  small)
  • Green chilly - one teaspoon (chopped  small)
  • Coriander leaves – one big spoon (chopped in small size)
  • Oil For frying
  • Salt as needed

For preparing Gravy for koftas

  • Tomato-2 big (chopped small size)
  • Onion (big)-2 nos chopped
  • Green chillies -2 nos chopped
  • Cumin seeds-1/4 teaspoon
  • Ginger-Garlic paste-1 teaspoon
  • Turmeric powder-1/4 teaspoon
  • Red chilly powder-1/2 teaspoon
  • Coriander powder-1/2 teaspoon
  • Cumin powder- 1/2 teaspoon
  • Garam masala-1/2 teaspoon


For preparing the Koftas

  • Peel the skin of the bottle guard  and remove the seeds.
  • Grate the bottle guard, pour some salt in the grated bottle gourd, keep aside for 10 minutes 
  • After 10 min, squeeze out all  the water from the grated bottle gourd.  Keep the water aside.
  • In a bowl add, grated bottle gourd, Besan, chopped ginger, chopped green chillies, salt  and make a firm
    dough. You can add more besan/Bengal gram flour if there is moisture.
  • Now we can make small balls out of it 
  • Deep fry the balls in low flame till brown colour. 
  • The koftas are ready... keep them aside.

Process - to prepare the Gravy

  • Chop onions and tomatoes into small sizes and keep it aside. 

  • Take a pan and pour 2 table spoons oil, pour ¼ teaspoon cumin seeds and fry it lightly. 
  • Then add chopped onions and sauté it till it turns brown 
  • Then add ginger-garlic paste, chopped green chillies, Turmeric powder, Coriander powder, Cummin powder, Red chillies etc and sauté for some time.
  • Pour the tomatoes into it and sauté it for 2 minutes. Add the juice of the grated bottle gourd into it. 
  • Allow it come to a thick gravy. 
  • Pour Garam masala, let it boil for some time.
  • Put the kofta balls into the gravy and bring into boil. And Garnish with coriander leaves.

It can be served with chapathi, parathas, pulav etc…
It serves around 7-8 members in a family...

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