Lauki Ke Kofte | Bottle Gourd Kofta Curry

Lauki Ke Kofte | Bottle Gourd Kofta Curry

Lauki Ke Kofte or Bottle Guard dumpling is a veg curry in which kofta made with bottle gourd are cooked in a light tomato and onion gravy.

Ingredients for the gravy:

  • 2 tbsp Ghee (clarified butter)
  • 1 tsp Jeera (cumin seeds)
  • 1 tsp Ginger, finely chopped
  • 1/4cup (50 gms) Dahi (yogurt), beaten smooth
  • 1/4 cup Khus-khus (poppy seeds) soaked in milk for 1/2 hour
  • 1 1/2 tsp Dhania (coriander) powder
  • 1 1/2 tsp Sendha Namak (rock salt)
  • 1/4 tsp Chilli powder
  • Hara dhania (green coriander), chopped for garnishing

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Ingredients for the kofte:

  • 4 cups (500 gms) Ghiya or Lauki (bottle gourd), peeled and grated
  • 1/2 tsp Ginger paste
  • 1/2 tsp Sendha Namak (rock salt)
  • 1/2 tsp Kali Mirch, Powdered(black pepper powder)
  • 2 tbsp Singhare ka atta (water chestnut flour)
  • Oil for deep-frying

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Deep-fried koftas (round-shaped deep-fried spicy dumplings) made of grated bottle gourd

  • Squeeze water out of the Ghiya; mix in salt, ginger, and black pepper. Sauté over a high flame, to dry up excess liquid and leave to cool.
  • Add Singhare ka atta, mix well and shape into walnut-sized balls.
  • Deep-fry koftas to a golden brown over a high flame and keep aside.
  • Heat ghee; add jeera followed by ginger and sauté to a light brown.
  • Grind the khus-khus into a paste. Add dhania powder, salt, chili powder, and sauté till oil separates.
  • Add 2-3 cups water and bring to a boil, then simmer for about 10 minutes. Add koftas and Dahi, simmer for another 2 minutes, and serve hot.
  • Garnish the Lauki Ke Kofte with Hara dhania.

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