Lauki or doodhi or bottle gourd is a very nutritious vegetable. It helps in digestion, is good for people down with jaundice and helps cure ulcers. I never used to like this vegetable as such, but guess this is the tastiest dish that can be made with bottle gourd and I just love it :)

Prep time: 45 mins
Serves: 3


For Kofta:
Bottle gourd: 1 medium sized
Besan/ gram flour: 3/4 cup
Corn flour: 4 tblspns
Red onion (chopped finely): 1/4 cup
Green chillies (chopped finely): 5-6 nos.
Red chilli powder: 1/2 tsp
Corriander seeds (crushed): 1tsp
Salt as per taste
Oil for deep frying

For Gravy:
Red Onion: 1 medium sized
Tomato: 1 medium sized
Cloves: 4-5 nos
Cinnamon stick: 1/4 inch
Cumin seeds: 1 tsp
Turmeric powder: 1/2 tsp
Red chilli powder: 1 tsp
Corriander powder: 1 tsp
Green chillies (chopped): 4-5 nos
Ginger (grated): 1/2 tsp
Fresh cilantro chopped: 1/2 cup


Peel the bottle gourd and remove the soft pith.
Grate the gourd and squeeze out the juice completely (you can save the juice to be used for the gravy).
In a bowl, mix the grated gourd, besan, corn flour and all other ingredients mentioned above for the kofta. 
Mix well such that you can bind them into lemon sized balls (you can spr
inkle some juice squeezed out of the gourd to help in the binding).
Heat oil in a kadai and deep fry the koftas over medium flame. 
Keep aside

For the gravy, heat oil in a kadai, add the cloves and cinnamon. Once they are roasted add ginger, half of the chopped onions and tomatoes and saute well for about a few minutes till they are soft. Cool this and gring into a smooth paste and keep aside. 
In the kadai, heat a little oil, add cumin seeds and wait for them to sputter. 
Add the green chillies, turmeric powder, remaining onion and tomato and saute well. 
Once they are soft, add the ground paste and the juice of the gourd that was saved when making the koftas. 
Add salt, red chilli powder, corriander powder and allow to boil till the raw smell of the chilli powder is gone. 
The gravy is ready.

Place the koftas in a serving dish and pour the gravy over. Garnish with fresh chopped cilantro and serve hot with chapathis or naan.

Do not add the koftas to the gravy before serving. This would make the koftas too soft and they could break. 

Ciao till next time...Have fun! Vidya.


Gowri said...

Looks reaaaaallllly good! I am going to give this a try.

Ann said...

Hi, nice to meet you.. Too many unique recipes here :) said...

Waw loving kofta balls. Thanks for sharing the yummy recipe Vidhya

Spices Manufacturer Jaipur said...

Wow, what a picture, i can guess how much delicious this food is..

Nice Receipe.. I will do it.

Delicious, You guys are rocking.

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