Lauki Kofta Curry (Bottle Gourd Dumplings in Spicy Curry)
Lauki Kofta Curry is a simple and delicious curry of bottle gourd dumplings soaked in spicy curry. This recipe provides great variety to the daily meal menu and also is a great way to include bottle gourd in your family’s diet. My early memories of Lauki Kofta are of those growing up years, when we siblings use to create fuss about eating mundane Lauki Curry, to surprise and ignite our hunger my mother use to stir up this delectable kofta curry. I almost forgot about this curry until recently when one day the house-help prepared it for the dinner and with one bite all the memories of childhood were revived. Lauki Kofta Curry is a good choice for the vegetarian dinner party menu and a pleasant change from the regular paneer kofta curry.
Lauki Kofta Curry
Lauki Kofta Curry is a simple and delicious curry of bottle gourd dumplings soaked in spicy curry.
To prepare the lauki kofta, peel and grate the bottle gourd. Squeeze the excess water from the grated bottle gourd. Mix the gram flour, salt, spices in the grated bottle gourd and combine well to form mixture for the koftas. Keep the kofta mixture in the fridge for sometime.
Meanwhile heat oil in a deep-frying pan over medium heat. Take a small portion from the kofta mixture and shape into small size ball. Similarly shape the remaining koftas, deep-fry until golden in color and crisp from outside. Drain in an absorbent paper and set aside while you prepare the curry.
To prepare the curry, heat oil in a saucepan over medium heat. Add chopped onion and saute over medium heat till light brown in color.
Next add ginger-garlic paste and saute for next few minutes. Add a tablespoon of water if masala is sticking to the saucepan. Once masala turns light brown in color, add tomato puree, green chili and spices. Saute over medium heat till oil separates from the masala, this might take 10 - 15 minutes.
Add water to adjust the consistency of the curry. Season with salt and stir to combine. Let the curry simmer over medium heat for next few minutes or until it thickens little bit.
Once you are ready to serve the curry, add the koftas to the curry and simmer for 5 minutes or so.
Serve Lauki Kofta Curry hot along with Phulka or Steamed Rice.