• Sheetal Jandial

Lauki Kofta Curry

Updated: Apr 7


These are bottle gourd (lauki) koftas in a light curry recipe and could be easily substituted with paneer, mutton / chicken kheema (mince) for a quick dinner…


The curry in this recipe of lauki kofta curry is a basic, no-fuss Indian curry. The curry of malai kofta or Nargisi kofta is richer with subtle flavours.


Serves 4

Time taken: 45 minutes to an hour


Ingredients to make Lauki Kofta Curry


For the Lauki Koftas


2 cups bottle gourd / lauki, grated

2 tbsp besan / gram flour

2 tsp ginger garlic paste

1 tsp green chilli paste

½ tsp turmeric

1½ tsp garam masala

½ tsp red chilli powder

½ tsp black pepper powder

1½ tsp salt

Cooking oil for frying


For the curry


1 tbsp cooking oil

1 bay leaf

4-5 cloves 5-6 black peppercorns

2 tsp ginger garlic paste

1 tsp green chilli paste

½ tsp turmeric

4 medium sized onions, fried and ground to a paste

½ cup tomato puree

2 cups water

Fried kofte / koftas

Salt to taste


Method of making Lauki Kofta Curry


For the lauki koftas


Squeeze and drain excess water from the grated bottle gourd / lauki. Add besan and spices, mix all the ingredients well, form in to 1 inch balls and shallow fry on medium high heat till the lauki koftas are golden brown and cooked through.


For the lauki kofta curry


Add cooking oil and the whole spices on low heat allowing them to release flavour. Add ginger garlic and green chilli pastes. Cook these through on medium heat.


Add turmeric, let it cook for a few seconds and add the fried onions paste. Mix well and add tomato puree. Continue to cook this paste for a minute, stirring constantly.


Add water (1½ - 2 cups or enough to make a thick curry) and increase the heat. Let the curry come to a boil and cook for another 3 – 4 minutes, stirring occasionally. Here, you could also add a teaspoon of thecha for additional flavour.


Add fried lauki koftas to the curry and simmer for 3 – 4 minutes, allowing flavours to blend.


Garnish with fresh coriander leaves and serve with steamed rice or chapati / tandoori roti.


Do take a look at the other big plates & mains recipes / other recipes and simple Indian meal ideas.


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