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Lauki Kofta

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Botttle gourd koftas cooked in tomato based gravy.

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Preparation Time : 26-30 minutes

Cooking time : 26-30 minutes

Servings : 4

Lauki Kofta

Main Ingredients

Bottle gourd (lauki/doodhi), Gram flour (besan)

Cuisine

Hyderabadi

Course

Main Course-Veg

Level Of Cooking

Medium

Ingredients

  • Bottle gourd (lauki/doodhi)
    1 kilogram
  • Gram flour (besan)
    1/4 cup
  • Salt
    to taste
  • Red chilli powder
    1 tablespoon
  • Tamarind
    10-12
  • Oil
    to deep fry
  • For gravy
  • Tomatoes
    2 medium
  • Onions
    2 medium
  • Ginger 1 inch pieces
    2
  • Garlic
    6-8 cloves
  • Whole dry red chillies
    6-8
  • Turmeric powder
    1/2 teaspoon
  • Coriander powder
    2 tablespoons
  • Cumin powder
    1 teaspoon
  • Garam masala powder
    1/2 teaspoon
  • Salt
    to taste
  • Fresh coriander leaves
    a few sprigs
  • Oil
    4 tablespoons

Method

Step 1


Peel and grate the bottle gourd. Mix half-teaspoon salt and keep aside for fifteen minutes. Squeeze to remove excess water. Add besan, red chilli powder and mix to make dough. Divide it into ten to twelve equal portions.

Step 2


Stuff one-piece tamarind into each portion of this mixture. Wet your palm and shape the stuffed portion into a ball. Heat oil in a kadai and deep-fry the prepared koftas, in small batches for two to three minutes or until golden brown in colour and crisp from the outside.

Step 3


Drain and remove onto an absorbent paper. Peel and finely chop onions. Clean and remove stems from dry red chillies. Peel ginger, garlic and grind to a fine paste along with dry red chillies. Wash and puree tomatoes in a blender.

Step 4


Clean, wash and finely chop fresh coriander leaves. Heat oil in a pan, add chopped onions and sauté until light golden brown. Add ginger, garlic and red chilli paste, stir-fry briefly. Add turmeric powder, coriander powder, cumin powder and red chilli powder.

Step 5


Continue to cook on medium heat for one minute, stirring continuously Stir in tomato puree and cook on high heat, stirring continuously till oil begins to separate. Add two cups of water and bring it to a boil.

Step 6


Add salt, reduce heat and simmer for five minutes. Gently add the fried koftas and simmer for another three to four minutes. Sprinkle garam masala powder and serve garnished with chopped fresh coriander leaves.

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