Lauki Kofta Recipe – Lauke ke Kofte

Lauki / Doodhi kofta (लौकी के कोफ्ते) or bottle gourd kofta is a commonly made main course curry in northern part of india. The soft, melt in mouth dumplings made out of lauki dipped in onion tomato based gravy make anybody to drool for them. It contains many vitamins and minerals, such as, calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, Vitamin A, C and folate. Ayurveda recommends cooked lauki or bottle gourd for better digestion. It is cooling, calming, diuretic and anti-bilious. This kofta curry is of course the easiest way to feed lauki / bottle gourd to the person who don’t like to eat normal lauki curry. 

What is Lauki Kofta

Kofta curry made using bottle gourd aka lauki, is called Lauki Kofta curry. First grate the lauke and then mix it with gram flour and then deep fry to make koftas. Make curry with this koftas using Indian spices to make Lauki kofta curry.

Lauki Kofta Recipe - Your Food Fantasy
Lauki Kofta Recipe – Your Food Fantasy

I am a huge fan of kofta curry and Lauki kofta curry is always favoured curry at home. I remember during my courtship period with hubby, he asked me if I know how to make kofta curry. Making a good kofta curry needs some basics to be done right. I believe if someone can make good kofta curry, then the person can almost cook anything.

I remember my first attempt of making lauki kofta and was not worth mentioning when the kofta became hard. Since then with trial and error have learnt how to make soft kofta and rich tasty gravy.

Method to make Lauki Kofta

  • First of all, wash and peel Bottle Gourd and grate it.
  • Now squeeze the water from the lauki with the help of your palms collecting the water in a bowl. Do not throw away the squeezed water as its full of nutrients.
  • Heat the oil for deep frying the koftas in a kadai or Pan. Now in a mixing bowl, add grated lauki, gram flour , chopped green chillies, grated ginger, roasted cumin powder and salt.
  • Mix properly and make round balls with the mixture and deep fry them in the warm oil until they are nice golden all over.
  • Once these kofta balls are fried, soak excess oil by using kitchen towel.
  • Grind the onions to a smooth paste and finely chop the tomatoes and green chillies.
  • Now add 2 tablespoon of oil to a pan and heat it. Once warm, add asafoetida and cumin seeds. When they crackle, add onion paste and saute until its pinkish brown in colour.
  • Add ginger garlic paste and saute. After that add all the spices except salt  and roast the mixture for one minute.
  • Now add chopped tomatoes and chillies and saute till the mixture starts loosing oil. Add beaten yogurt and saute continuously till the mixture starts boiling.
  • Add 1 cup of plain water and also the water which we kept from squeezing lauki, and let it boil.
  • Once you get the first boil, add salt and koftas to it and cook till you get the desired consistency of your gravy. Your Lauki Kofta curry is ready.
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Lauke Ke Kofte

Pro Tips for making Lauki Kofta Curry

  • Always squeeze the water from lauki properly otherwise the mixture would be of thin consistency which would result in difficulties in making koftas.
  • Fry the koftas on low-medium heat. Otherwise, kofta would be cooked outside and raw from inside.
  • Always stir the gravy after adding yogurt otherwise it will curdle.
  • You can add dried mint leaves/dried fenugreek leaves to the koftas mixture to give an extra flavour. Just add 1/2 tablespoon of it if you desire to give added aroma.
Lauki ke Kofte | YourFoodFantasy by Meenu Gupta
Lauki ke Kofte

This Lauki Kofta Curry

  • Is a great way to incorporate bottle gourd in the diet. Try to air fry the koftas for healthier option.
  • Tastes yummy.
  • Gravy is restaurant style with soft koftas
  • Can be used as main meal curry.

Serving suggestion

Serve hot lauki koftas with steam rice, or Indian bread like, chapatti, or butter naan.

You can store this in fridge for couple of days, and is suitable for freezing too. I will however recommend that freeze koftas only and make fresh curry / sauce when you want for best taste.

If you wish to explore other kofta options, you may like to try, cabbage kofta or my most popular recipe of malai kofta curry.

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Lauki Kofta Curry

Meenu Gupta
Kofta curry made with bottle gourd aka Lauki koftas. One of the authentic and mouthwatering curry.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 25 mins
Total Time 40 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine Indian
Servings 6
Calories 424 kcal

Ingredients
  

For Kofta

  • 500 Grams Lauki / Doodhi / Bottle gourd
  • 7 tbsp Gram flour / Besan
  • 2 Green chillies Finely Chopped
  • 1/2 tbsp Ginger Grated
  • 1/3 tsp Salt As per taste
  • 1/3 tsp Roasted cumin powder
  • 200 ml Oil For deep frying

For Kofta Gravy

  • 2 Onion Medium Size
  • 4 Tomatoes Medium Size
  • 2 Green chillies
  • 4 tbsp Yogurt Beaten
  • 1/4 tsp Asafoetida
  • 1/2 tsp Cumin Seeds
  • 1 tsp Coriander Powder
  • 1/2 tsp Turmeric Powder
  • 1/4 tsp Red Chilli Powder
  • 1/2 tsp Salt As per taste
  • 1/3 tsp Garam Masala Powder
  • 1 tbsp Chopped Coriander Leaves For garnising

Instructions
 

  • First of all, wash and peel Bottle Gourd / Lauki and grate it.
    Lauki for Lauki Kofta curry | Your Food Fantasy
  • Now squeeze the water from the lauki with the help of your palms collecting the water in a bowl. Do not throw away the squeezed water as its full of nutrients. We will use  this water while making gravy.
    Grated Lauki | Lauki Kofta Recipe | Your Food Fantasy
  • Heat the oil for deep frying the koftas in a kadai or Pan. Now in a mixing bowl, add grated lauki, gram flour / besan, chopped green chillies, grated ginger, roasted cumin powder  and salt.
    Mix for making Lauki Kofta | YourFoodFantasy.com
  • Mix them properly and divide the mixture into equal parts.
    Making of Lauki Kofta - YourFoodFantasy.com
  • Make round balls with the mixture and deep fry them in the warm oil until they are nice golden all over.
    Frying Kofta | Lauki Kofta Curry | YourFoodFantasy
  • Once these kofta balls are fried, take them out and keep on a kitchen towel to soak excess oil.
    Dumplings for Lauki Kofta | Your Food Fantasy.jpg
  • Grind the onions to a smooth paste and finely chop the tomatoes and green chillies.
  • Now add 2 tablespoon of oil to a pan and heat it. Once warm, add asafoetida and cumin seeds. When they crackle, add onion paste and saute until its pinkish brown in colour.
    Frying Onion for Lauki Kofta Curry
  • Add Ginger – garlic paste and saute again till raw smell goes off. After that add all the spices except salt  and roast the mixture for one minute.
  • Now add chopped tomatoes and chillies and saute till the mixture starts loosing oil. Add beaten yogurt and saute continuously till the mixture starts boiling.
    Making of Gravy for Lauki Kofta | YourFoodFantasy.com
  • Add 1 cup of plain water and also the water which we kept from squeezing lauki, and let it boil. 
    Lauki Kofta Gravy | YourFoodFantasy.com
  • Once you get the first boil, add salt and koftas to it and cook till you get the desired consistency of your gravy.
    Lauki Kofta Recipe | YourFoodFantasy.com
  • Serve and enjoy with the paratha, naan or rice of your choice.
    Lauki Kofta Recipe | YourFoodFantasy.com | Meenu Gupta

Notes

  • Always squeeze the water from lauki properly otherwise the mixture would be of thin consistency which would result in difficulties in making koftas.
  • Fry the koftas on low-medium heat, otherwise kofta would be cooked outside and raw from inside.
  • Always stir the gravy after adding yogurt otherwise it will curdle.
  • You can add dried mint leaves/dried fenugreek leaves to the koftas mixture to give an extra flavour. Just add 1/2 tablespoon of it if you desire to give added aroma.

Nutrition

Nutrition Facts
Lauki Kofta Curry
Amount Per Serving
Calories 424 Calories from Fat 324
% Daily Value*
Fat 36g55%
Saturated Fat 3g19%
Trans Fat 1g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 1g
Cholesterol 2mg1%
Sodium 458mg20%
Potassium 416mg12%
Carbohydrates 23g8%
Fiber 4g17%
Sugar 7g8%
Protein 5g10%
Vitamin A 699IU14%
Vitamin C 18mg22%
Calcium 37mg4%
Iron 8mg44%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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