How to make Lauki Kofta - Deep fried bottle gourd koftas topped with a luscious onion tomato gravy.

This recipe has featured on the show Khanakhazana.

Main Ingredients : Bottle Gourd, Tomato Puree (टमाटर /टोमाटो प्यूरी )

Cuisine : Indian

Course : Main Course Vegetarian

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Lauki Kofta

You won’t believe lauki can be so delicious until you get a taste of these koftas. Soft and full of flavour from the creamy onion tomato masala that they have been cooked in these koftas melt in your mouth. Each of these koftas is stuffed with a tiny tamarind ball which adds a beautiful hint of tanginess to it. It is one of my favourite things to eat along with steamed rice.

For more recipes related to Lauki Kofta checkout Dudhia Kumbh, Lauki Soya Chana Dal, Lauki Chana Dal With Wadiyaan, Lauki Aloo Matar . You can also find more Main Course Vegetarian recipes like Brown Stew, Paneer Bhurji Lasagna, Eggplant Lasagna, Ananas Menaskai.

Prep Time : 31-40 minutes

Cook time : 26-30 minutes

Serve : 4

Level Of Cooking : Moderate

Taste : Mild

Ingredients for Lauki Kofta Recipe

  • Bottle Gourd 750 grams

  • Tomato Puree to taste

  • Gram flour (besan) 5 teaspoons

  • Red chilli powder 1/2 teaspoon

  • Tamarind seeded or with seeds 12 piece

  • Oil to deep fry

  • For gravy

  • Oil 3 tablespoons

  • Onion chopped 2 medium

  • Turmeric powder 3/4 teaspoon

  • Coriander powder 1 1/2 tablespoons

  • Red chilli powder 3/4 teaspoon

  • Tomato puree 5 medium

  • Salt to taste

  • Fresh coriander leaves 2 tablespoons


Step 1

For the koftas, peel and grate the bottle gourd. Squeeze to remove excess water.

Step 2

Add the salt, gram flour, red chilli powder and mix well. Divide the mixture into twelve equal portions.

Step 3

Stuff one piece of tamarind into each portion and shape them into round koftas.

Step 4

Heat sufficient oil in a kadai and deep-fry the koftas, in small batches, for two to three minutes, or until golden brown and crisp on the outside.

Step 5

Drain on absorbent paper and set aside. Heat three tablespoons oil in a non stick pan, add the onions and sauté until light golden brown.

Step 6

Add the turmeric powder, coriander powder and red chilli powder. Continue to sauté on moderate heat for one minute, stirring continuously.

Step 7

Add the tomato puree and two tablespoons water and continue to sauté till the oil surfaces.

Step 8

Add two cups of water and bring to a boil. Add the salt, lower the heat and simmer for five minutes. Keep the gravy hot.

Step 9

Add half the coriander leaves and mix well. While serving arrange the koftas on the serving plate, pour the gravy over them. Serve garnished with remaining coriander leaves.