Friday, April 2, 2010

Bottle Gourd Kofta Curry (Lauki/Ghiya Kofta Curry)

 Bottle Gourd (Indian Name Lauki/Ghiya/Doodhi) is a light green squash used in a variety of ways. It is eaten fried, boiled, cooked in curries and also used to make dessert called Halwa.

I have heard that it helps in reducing weight if eaten on a regular basis. I too cook Bottle Gourd in different ways and the best my husband like it is as Kofta. Kofta's made of Bottle Gourd are very soft and moist. They taste delicious when they soak up all the flavors and spices from the curry.

Here is the recipe for you to try ( Click here for printable recipe)

Ingredients:

For Kofta:
1 Bottle Gourd (Medium Sized)
8 Tbsp of Besan ( Chick Pea Flour)
1/2 Tsp Ajwain
1 Tsp Salt
1/2 Tsp Red Chilli Powder
1 Tbsp Yogurt
Oil- To fry Kofta's

For Curry
1 Onion (Finely Chopped)
2 Tomatoes (Finely Chopped)
2 Green Chillies (Chopped)
1/2 Tsp Finely Chopped or Grated Ginger
1 small pinch of Asafoetida
1/2 Tsp Cumin Seeds
1/4 Tsp Garam Masala
1/2 Tsp Turmeric Powder
1/2 Tsp Coriander Powder
Salt and Red Chilli Powder- To Taste
2 Tbsp Oil
2 Cups Water

Method:
Making Kofta:
1. Peel, Wash and Grate/Shred the Bottle Gourd in a bowl.
2. Add Besan, Ajwain, Salt and Red Chilli Powder. Mix well. Stir in 1 Tbsp of Yogurt. (Remember, we don't need to add any water to this paste)
3. Heat Oil in a Kadhai (Deep Frying Pan) and using a round spoon, drop balls of mixture slowly in the oil. Fry until golden brown from both sides.
4. Take out on a paper towel to drain excess oil.

Now let's prepare the Curry:
1. Heat Oil in a pan. Add the pinch of Asafoetida and then quickly add cumin seeds. As soon as cumin seeds change color, add the Ginger and Green Chillies and stir for 15 seconds.
2. Add the chopped oniions now and stir fry until slightly brown and tender.
3. Now add the chopped tomatoes and let them until tender while stirring in between.
4. Mix in all the dry spices now and let the mixture cook until the oil starts to separate from the sides.
5. Add 2 cups of water to the mixture, stir and let the water come to a boil.
6. Once its boiled, add in the prepared Koftas and let the curry cook on medium flame for 10-15 minutes. Carefully stir in between making sure you don't break Koftas as they are going to be very soft.

Garnish with Coriander leaves and Serve hot with Chapattis or Paranthas.

9 comments:

Priya said...

Yummm!!such a droolworthy lauki kofta curry..really makes me hungry..

Happy Cook said...

Beautiful and so so delcious looking

Pavithra said...

It looks heavenly dear ..

Madhura Manoj said...

hmm mouthwatering...

Srimathi said...

Usually people make kofta's with paneer, its great to use other veggies and make a healthy version of the kofta.

Gulmohar said...

yumm..Recently I had this kofta from my frined's place...looks awesome

Nithu Bala said...

Dear Vaishali, This curry is my favourite one..I make it often..learnt from my neighbour..yours look very perfect and yummy..

Drop on at my blog too when you get time..
www.nithubala.com

Aruna said...

Hey Vaishali I chanced upon this recipe when I was looking for another one. A few days ago a friend had mentioned about this dish to me, so the moment I saw this recipe I had to try it. So I did and I must say it tasted awesome. Now I'm hooked to your blog!!! Thanks for this awesome recipe :). Keep cooking and keep posting!!!

Anonymous said...

Loved the curry...ajwain and yogurt in the koftas made them so tasty. thanks for the recipe

Vini

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