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Lauki (Bottle Gourd) Kofta

Lauki_Bottle_Gourd_Kofta_1 Bottle Gourd is known as ‘Lauki or Dudhi’ in Hindi and as ‘Suraikai’ in Tamil. It needs no further introduction as I have discussed in Lauki Sabji in microwave cooking. Lauki kofta is a popular dish in north India. It is very different from south Indian dishes.

Serves: 4 to 6

Cooking time: 45 minutes approximately

Ingredients

  • For kofta
    • Bottle gourd medium size – 1 no
    • Bengal gram flour (besan or kadalai mavu) – 1 cup
    • Onion – 1 no
    • Potato – 1 noLauki_Bottle_Gourd_Kofta_2
    • Green chilli – 2 no
    • Ginger – ½ inch piece
    • Turmeric powder – ¼ tea spoon
    • Red chilli powder – ½ tea spoon
    • Curry and Coriander leaves – few
    • Sodium bi carbonate – pinch
    • Salt – as per taste
    • Oil – for frying kofta
  • For gravy
    • Onion – 3 no
    • Tomato – 2 no
    • Garlic clove – 5 no
    • Ginger – ½ inch pieceLauki_Bottle_Gourd_Kofta_3
    • Green chilli – 2 no
    • Turmeric – ¼ tea spoon
    • Red chilli powder – 1 tea spoon
    • Coriander powder – 2 table spoon
    • Roasted cumin powder – ¼ tea spoon
    • Garam masala powder – ½ tea spoon
    • Coriander leaves – few
    • Salt – as per taste
    • Cumin seeds – ½ tea spoon (for seasoning)
    • Oil – 1 table spoon (for seasoning)

Method

Kofta

  • Boil potato, peel and mash; chop onion, green chilli, ginger, curry and coriander leaves.
  • Peel and grate bottle gourd;  squeeze, remove juice and keep it for further use in curry.

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  • In Bengal gram flour add chopped onion, ginger, green chilli, coriander leaves, turmeric powder, red chilli powder and salt; add mashed potato, mix and form a dough by adding little water; make small balls, deep fry in oil till golden/light brown colour; remove and keep on kitchen tissue to remove excess oil.

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Gravy

  • Step 1: Chop one onion, two green chilli.
  • Step 2: Grind garlic, ginger, two onions and one green chilli coarsely.
  • Step 3: Grind tomato, red chilli powder, coriander powder, turmeric powder, cumin powder, garam masala powder and salt as a paste.
  • Step 4: Do the seasoning; add step 1 item fry until onion is soft; add step 2 item fry for few seconds; add step 3 items mix well and cook for 4 to 5 minutes until oil separates.

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  • Step 5: Add bottle gourd juice, one cup water; bring to boil, keep cooking for 5 minutes in low flame; add fried koftas, mix gently and cook for 2 to 3 minutes; switch off flame and allow 15 minutes for koftas to settle in gravy.

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  • Lauki Kofta curry is ready; garnish and serve with Chapatti, Puri or Rice. (A cut away kofta is also shown below)

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Tips:

  • Make kofta by adding water little by little; too much water in kofta will absorb more oil while frying.
  • Make small koftas; too big koftas will take long time to fry and the surface may become dark brown before it gets cooked inside.

{ 9 comments… add one }

  • Sushma Mallya October 23, 2009, 1:13 pm

    Lovely pic and liked the way u have explained it too….looks delicious…

  • Priya October 23, 2009, 5:23 pm

    Lauki koftas looks tempting and delicious…

  • Rohini October 25, 2009, 2:22 pm

    Wow.. A totally new recipe to me.. And thanks for the step-by-step presentation, it was excellent!!
    Btw, I just stopped by to say that you’ve been tagged. Please collect your award dear!!

  • Vanishree Venugopal May 5, 2010, 8:12 pm

    really tempting and am going to try it nw only !!!!!!!

  • Vanishree Venugopal June 24, 2010, 1:30 pm

    i tried it and it came out wornderfully well …

    te second time i replaced te potato with leftover cooked rice; tat was also good.

    thnks fr te recipe.

  • NAMITA KHOSLA November 23, 2010, 6:23 pm

    i will try ur recipie and it is osam .my one yrs old baby really like to eat it .

  • Sangeetha April 8, 2011, 3:16 pm

    The recipe looks tempting and I am sure its going to taste yummy…
    You have explained it very well…

  • vinu October 24, 2013, 8:17 pm

    I tried this recipe… wow.. amazing, no one could able to recognize the bottleguard in that. Thanks for the wonderful recipe.. keep up the good work..

  • Tara Nair October 16, 2014, 3:14 pm

    I made the recipes completely with the help of your blog post. And it was delicious. Thank you for sharing the info :)

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