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Recipe: How to make Lauki ke Kofte

Last updated on: August 04, 2016 09:48 IST

Hitesh Harisinghani tells you how to give an interesting spin to the regular bottle gourd with this recipe. You can share yours too!

It was a rainy Saturday morning.

As Mom had fractured her leg, I had been eating outside food all week long.

Having eaten a boring breakfast, I made up my mind to cook something interesting for lunch. 

While Mom and I were discussing our lunch plan, I fondly remembered that yummy Lauki ke Kofte she made that I'd cherish as a kid.

Here was my chance to pamper my darling mom with my cooking skills :)

Lauki, I know doesn't excite a lot of people but this one is definitely a worth a try!

Take a look.

Lauki ke Kofte

Lauki ke Kofte

IMAGE: Lauki ke Kofte. Photograph: Hitesh Harisinghani/Rediff.com

Ingredients

  • 1/2 kg lauki (bottle gourd)
  • 300 gm gram flour
  • 4 medium size onions, diced
  • 4 medium size tomatoes, diced
  • 5 to 6 green chillies
  • 2 tbsp ginger garlic paste
  • 150 gm curd
  • 1 tsp tumeric powder
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds
  • 1 tsp ajwain (carom seeds)
  • 2 tsp red chilli powder
  • 1/2 tsp asafoetida
  • 1 small bunch of coriander leaves
  • 10 to 15 curry leaves
  • 2 tsp coriander powder
  • Oil as required
  • Salt as required

Method

For kofta

  • In a large bowl, mix grated lauki, onions, salt, ginger garlic paste, ajwain, jeera, red chilli powder, turmeric powder, asafoetida and coriander leaves.
  • Keep adding gram flour until it turns into a thick batter.
  • Make small balls from the mixture.
  • Heat oil in a pan.
  • Deep fry the small balls of the mixture until golden brown. Keep the koftas aside.

For gravy

  • Heat oil in a pan.
  • Saute onion, tomatoes, ginger garlic paste and green chillies until golden brown. Keep it aside.
  • Once the above mixture cools down, put it in a blender.
  • Add curd and grind it until it becomes a smooth paste.
  • Heat little oil in another pan. Add cumin seeds and curry leaves.
  • Add the paste from the blender into the pan. Let it cook for few minutes.
  • Add salt, turmeric powder, red chilli powder, coriander powder and water. Bring it to a boil.
  • Add koftas in the gravy.
  • Garnish it with coriander leaves. 
  • Serve hot with chapatis or rice.

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Hitesh Harisinghani / Rediff.com Mumbai