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lauki kofta recipe
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Lauki Kofta recipe

Kofta can be prepared over the weekend and stored in refrigerator, to enjoy this curry even mid-week.
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Indian
Keyword: bottle gourd dumplings, bottle gourd kofta recipe, doodhi kofta curry, dudhi kofta curry recipe, dudhi na kofta, lauki ke kofte, lauki kofte, recipe of lauki ka kofta
Servings: 4


  • saucepan/kadai for a traditional method frying
  • or air fryer or oven for a low oil version baked version


For traditional fried kofte

  • 2 cups grated Bottle gourd ghiya/lauki/doodhi/dudhi
  • ½ cup chickpea flour /besan
  • ½ teaspoon Cumin seeds
  • ¼ teaspoon Coriander seeds
  • ½ teaspoon Red chilli powder
  • ½ teaspoon freshly grated ginger
  • 1 Green chilli finely chopped
  • 2 tablespoon coriander leaves finely chopped
  • Salt to taste
  • Oil for deep frying

Addition for air-fryer /oven-baked kofte

  • ¼ cup maize flour in addition to above kofta ingredients makai flour
  • 2 tbsp. rice flour chawal ka atta

For gravy:

  • 2 tablespoon Oil
  • 1 medium Onion chopped finely
  • 4 medium sized Tomatoes pureed

Spices for gravy

  • 1 teaspoon Cumin seeds
  • 1 teaspoon Red chili powder
  • ¼ teaspoon Turmeric powder
  • 1.5 teaspoon Coriander powder/
  • ½ teaspoon Garam masala
  • Salt to taste
  • ½ cup Water

For Garnish:chopped coriander


    Traditional fried version

    • Heat oil in a frying pan over medium flame for deep frying.
    • Peel and grate bottle gourd.
    • Squeeze out the water completely. Use it to make gravy(optional)
    • Add all other ingredients except salt and mix well.
    • It should have a thick consistency to make round shaped balls.(If the mixture is too loose,add 1-2 tablespoon of chickpea flour and mix well.)
    • Take a handful of mixture in a separate bowl. To this add salt and mix well.
    • Grease your palms with oil and divide the salted mixture in 4-5 portions.
    • Turn them into round balls.
    • Fry these balls in the hot oil. Stir occasionally and deep-fry until they turn little brown and crisp.
    • Take them out, drain excess oil and place them over kitchen tissue in a plate.

    Method for gravy:

    • Heat the oil in a pan on medium heat.
    • Add onions and stir-fry until it turns light pink in color.
    • Add red chili powder, turmeric powder, and coriander powder in the fried onions.Mix well and cook for another minute.
    • Add tomato paste, salt & garam masala.
    • Fry until material leaves the sides of the pan.It takes 7-8 minutes.
    • Add water (drained out from the grated gourd initially) and ½ cup water.
    • Stir, simmer and cook for 10-12 minutes more. Don’t cover the pan with any lid.
    • Drop the fried koftas in the gravy and cook for 5 mins.
    • Make sure that the koftas are fully submerged in the gravy.
    • Turn off the heat and transfer it to the serving bowl.
    • Garnish with chopped coriander.
    • Serve hot with rice or tandoori roti

    For air fryer version

    • Peel and grate bottle gourd,mix salt.
    • Squeeze out the water completely.Use it to make gravy. (optional)
    • Add all other ingredients and mix well. It should have a thick consistency to make round shaped balls
    • Roll it into small balls and place it in airfryer basket. Repeat for remaining mixture.
    • In a preheated airfryer ,Air fry them at 200 degree C for 8 mins.
    • Brush oil on the kofta and air fry again for 8-10 mins.
    • Once ready, add to gravy just before serving.

    For baking in a fan-forced oven

    • Make the kofta as per the air fryer version.
    • Pre-heat the oven at 180 degree C .Bake them for 10 mins.
    • Brush oil and bake for 15 mins. Add to gravy just before serving.


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