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Thursday, July 15, 2010

Lauki Kofta / Lao-r Kofta / Bottlegourd Gravy

Lauki koftas are a hit item at my in-laws place, ever since I introduced them this dish. Though my hubby makes a lot of fuss if I prepare any other dish out of bottle gourd, he simply relishes when I make Lao diye moong dal (lauki with moong dal) and lao kofta. I love many recipes which are made out of lauki like lauki ke paratha, lauki juice, lauki dal, lauki halwa are to name a few. Whenever I'm about to fry the yummy koftas, I have to keep a few koftas aside for my son as he loves to eat those fried kofta balls. So here is the recipe of lauki kofta gravy.....

Serves: 4, Preparation time: 15 + Cooking : 30 minutes

For Lao koftas:
1/2 kg Lauki (bottlegourd)
1 Potato (boiled)
1tsp Ginger
1/2 tsp Garam masala
1 Red chilly powder
 Pinch of haldi (turmeric) powder
Coriander leaves chopped
3 Green chillies
Salt to taste
2 tbsp all purpose Flour
Oil for frying

For Gravy:
1 Onion 
2-3 Garlic pods
1/2 inch Ginger
2-3 Green chillies
2 Tomatoes (ground to paste)
1/2 tsp Cumin seeds
1 tsp Haldi (turmeric) powder
1 tsp Coriander powder
1 tsp Red chilly powder
1 tbsp Oil
2 tsp Ghee
Salt to taste

For koftas: Peel off the outer skin of the bottlegourd and grate it. Squeeze out the water and keep it aside for making gravy. In a large bowl mix all the ingredients for kofta (except oil) and knead to a soft dough. Make small balls out of the mixture. Now heat oil in a deep pan, fry the balls in medium heat till golden brown. Place them on a paper towel to drain excess oil. Keep aside.

For gravy: Heat oil in a pan, add cumin seeds, let it splutter, add onions and fry for few minutes. Add ginger, garlic, green chillies and stir for few more seconds. Add tomato paste and fry till the oil comes out. Add all the spices, salt and fry for 1 minute. Add some water and let the gravy boil. Once it is boiled, add the fried koftas and let it cook on medium flame for 10 minutes. Garnish kofta gravy with ghee on top and with chopped coriander. Enjoy this hot lauki kofta curry with plain rice or chappatis/ parathas.

User Comments & Tips:
The above method that I've mentioned is for immediate serving. If you are not planning to serve kofta gravy immediately, I would suggest you keep the gravy and kofta in two separate bowls untill the serving time. As koftas are very soft and delicate, they soak all the gravy if kept for a longer time in the gravy. Just before serving, heat the gravy for few minutes in microwave and then drop the koftas and again heat it for 2-3 minutes. 



  1. Delicious koftas, looks really inviting..

  2. Never had this curry, would love to make them

  3. I have not used bottlegourd in my cooking till now but your gravy looks very tempting so would love to start with this one...

  4. May I join U??? Hehehe...yummy yummy:D

  5. Looks so delicious Deepa, very good side dish.

  6. deepaaaaaaaaaaa.. wow!!...i was wondering what to do with my lauki that a bit left over.. now i know...bookmarked sure to try it out :)

  7. Belated Happy b'day n tonnes of blessings to ur lil one ...

    The koftas look so tempting .
    I had tried ur recipe of laccha paratha n unbelievingly they turned out awesome , hubby liked this version much more than the market ones :) :) :) :) :) :) :) thanks for sharing the wonderful recipe !!

    - Smita
    @ Little Food Junction

  8. Looks so delicious Deepa :)Thanks for sharing!!

  9. Hi Deepa, this is an all time favorite and looks so good, infact I also posted 2 recipes in my space, one a few days back too but both are low cals.

  10. I don't care much for lauki ..but its kofta is my fav..your looks delish and perfect..

  11. hey first time have got a wonderful hubby loves anything with lauki...lauki koftas are one amongs his drop in my blog when u have time :)


  12. yummy.. the koftas look so delicious and mouth watering!

  13. lauki koftas looks delicious favorite but never got a chance to prepare it...thankq dear for sharing this


  14. Lauki ka kofta looks really yummy Deepa, I have a lauki in my hand. I am thinking what to make. Now i got an idea.

  15. tempting and yummy kofta another fav..u hc started a series of my favs i think....hehe....just love ur eye catchy pics....wonderful.......

  16. Hello Deepa, happy belated birthday to your cute prince...never knew that we can make kofta with lauki....looks delicious....

  17. Beautiful, mouth watering pics dear, lovely !!!

  18. lovely and yummy tempting koftas.

  19. thanks for visiting my blog and your lovely words, first time here, kofta curry looks delicious and inviting

  20. Delicious and inviting..never had this curry before..will surely try this..thanks for the recipe dear

  21. Kofta looks great .I too love it

  22. This looks wonderful..i too love this, like everyone else :-)
    Hope you are doing good Deepa..missed you all

  23. looks incredibly delicious..yummm

  24. I didn't know we can make koftas with laukis. Platter looks delicious and inviting.

  25. that's a yummy ur blog

  26. Dear Deepa
    Very nice indeed...haven't eaten for long ...I never tried to make too. I will try your recipe soon..I am now eating vege food ...till it becomes irritating ( may be tomorrow itself )
    Bhalo theko

  27. nice variety of kofta with bottle guard.. really delicious and good one

  28. Wonderful koftas, they look delicious and tasty in that spicy gravy.Catching up with missed posts.

  29. i tried making the koftas but they were not soft.. what should I do next time that they turn out to be soft rather than hard..

  30. Dear Anonymous Thanks for trying out the dish. Regarding the softness of koftas, as you can see I used just 2 tbsp of lour for half lauki, so that the binding ingredient shouldn't over power the kofta texture and taste. Did you use flour or besan and did you alter the ratio while making koftas? Will wait for your reply


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