Lauki Kofta / 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 is of course the easiest way to feed lauki / bottle gourd to the person who don’t like to eat normal lauki curry. 

Prepration time: 15 minutes

Cooking time: 25 minutes

Serving: 5-6

Tasty Lauke Ke Kofte |
Lauke Ke Kofte
Lauki ke Kofte | YourFoodFantasy by Meenu Gupta
Lauki ke Kofte

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.


For Koftas:-

  • Bottle Gourd / Lauki – 500 gram
  • Gram Flour / Besan – 6-7 tablespoon
  • Green Chilli- 2 (finely chopped)
  • Grated Ginger – 1/2 tablespoon
  • Salt- 1/3 teaspoon or As per your taste
  • Roasted Cumin powder – 1/3 teaspoon 
  • Oil- To Deep fry
Lauki Kofta Curry | Indian Curry Recipe |
Lauki Kofta Curry

For Gravy:

  • Onion – 2 (medium sized) 
  • Tomato- 4 (medium sized)
  • Green chillies – 2
  • Ginger-Garlic Paste -1 tablespoon
  • Beaten Yogurt – 4 tablespoon
  • Asafoetida- 1/4 teaspoon
  • Cumin Seeds – 1/2 teaspoon
  • Coriander Powder- 1 teaspoon
  • Turmeric Powder- 1/2  teaspoon
  • Red Chilli Powder- 1/4 teaspoon
  • Salt – 1/2 tea spoon or as per your taste
  • Garam Masala- 1/3 teaspoon
  • Chopped Coriander leaves -1 table spoon
Lauki Kofta Recipe | | Meenu Gupta
Lauki Kofta Recipe


First of all, wash and peel Bottle Gourd / Lauki 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. We will use  this water while making gravy.

Lauki for Lauki Kofta curry | Your Food Fantasy
Lauki for Lauki Kofta curry


Grated Lauki | Lauki Kofta Recipe | Your Food Fantasy
Grated Lauki | Lauki Kofta Recipe

Heat the oil for deep frying the koftas in a kadhai 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 |
Mix for making Lauki Kofta

Mix them properly and divide the mixture into equal parts. Make round balls with the mixture and deep fry them in the warm oil until they are nice golden all over.

Making of Lauki Kofta -

Frying Kofta | Lauki Kofta Curry | YourFoodFantasy
Lauke Ke Kofte

Once they are fried, take them out and keep on a kitchen towel to soak excess oil.

Dumplings for Lauki Kofta | Your Food Fantasy.jpg
Dumplings for Lauki Kofta

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 Cumin Seeds | Lauki Kofta Recipe | Your Food Fantasy

Frying Onion for Lauki Kofta |
Frying Onion for Lauki Kofta

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.

Making Gravy for Kofta Curry |
Making Gravy for Kofta Curry

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. 

Making of Gravy for Lauki Kofta |


Lauki Kofta Gravy |

Once you get the first boil, add salt and koftas to it and cook till you get the desired consistency of your gravy.

Lauki ke Kofte |
Lauki ke Kofte

Serve and enjoy with the paratha, naan or rice of your choice.

You may also like to try this super hit recipe of Malai Kofta.

Lauki Kofta | | Meenu Gupta
Lauki Kofta |

Key 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 they 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.

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