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Lauki Kofta Curry

Lauki or Doodhi is known as bottlegourd in English. Doodhi kofta curry is an interesting twist to the otherwise not so interesting but nutritious doodhi. Shallow fried koftas in interesting tomato onion gravy with Indian spices makes it a deliciously tasty.


For Kofta

500grams grated doodhi

2 green chilies chopped

1/2 tsp ginger garlic paste

1/4 cup besan

2 tsp curd

Pinch of turmeric

Pinch of hing

1/4 Baking soda

Salt to taste

chopped coriander

Oil for shallow frying

For Kofta Curry

2 sliced onions

2 chopped tomatoes

1/2 tsp cumin seeds

7-8 garlic flakes

1 inch ginger

2 chopped green chilies

1/4 tsp turmeric powder

1/2 tsp red chili powder

1 tsp kasuri methi powder

Pinch of garam masala (optional)

2 tbsp fresh cream

1 tbsp oil + 1 tbsp ghee

Coriander to garnish


Grate doodhi and salt and keep aside for 10 minutes. Take muslin or soft cotton cloth. Place the grated doodhi in it and then squeeze out water. Reserve this water to be used in gravy.

Add all the ingredients mentioned under the heading for kofta. Add besan if the mixture is too loose. Now heat oil in pan and shallow fry the koftas. Keep them aside for further use. Koftas taste good even without the gravy as quick snack or starter.

For making gravy heat some oil and ghee. Now add in cumin seeds. Then add chopped ginger and garlic and saute them well till then give out aroma. Then add chopped green chili.

Now add in sliced onions and saute till they become transculent. Then add tomatoes and cook till they are mushy and oil leaves at the side of pan.

Add dry spices and mix well. Add some water. Cover and cook for 5 minutes. Now add curd and mix well on low flame. Add water to make the gravy a bit thin. Later on the koftas will absorb the moisture in the gravy.

Use the reserved salt water to the gravy and check salt. Add pinch of garam masala and kasuri methi. Mix some fresh cream to make the gravy rich. Turn off the flame after adding cream.

Arrange the koftas in the gravy and let them soak the flavours of the gravy. Alternatively arrange the koftas in a serving dish and pour the gravy on top. Garnish with fresh corinder leaves. Serve hot.

Lauki kofta curry is ready. It can be served with rotis or steamed rice.

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