An Indian style vegan kofta curry
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Lauki Kofta Curry

Lauki kofta curry is a hearty Indian style vegan kofta curry. Learn how to make delicious lauki ke kofte in a few simple steps
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Total Time45 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Indian
Keyword: kofta curry, lauki ke kofte, lauki kofta curry
Servings: 4 adults
Calories: 102kcal
Author: Hina Gujral


Ingredients For Kofta:

  • 1 medium-size bottle gourd (lauki), peeled
  • 1/4 Cup gram flour (besan)
  • salt to taste
  • 1 teaspoon turmeric powder
  • 1 teaspoon red chili powder
  • Oil for deep-frying the kofta

Ingredients For Gravy:

  • 1 large-size onion, roughly chopped
  • 1 large-size tomato, pureed
  • 2 teaspoon ginger-garlic paste
  • 1 green chili, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon coriander powder (dhaniya powder)
  • 1 teaspoon turmeric powder
  • 1 teaspoon red chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon Garam Masala (see recipe here)
  • 2 tablespoon fresh cream or cashew paste (optional)
  • salt to taste
  • 1 teaspoon kasuri methi (dry fenugreek leaves)
  • 2 tablespoon cooking oil


How To Make Kofta:

  • 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 a thick batter for the koftas. 
  • 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.

How To Make Curry:

  • To prepare the curry, heat oil in a kadhai or wok 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.
  • At this stage, you can add cream. Mix it nicely and cook for 1 - 2 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.
  • Add crushed kasuri methi and stir to combine. 
  • Once you are ready to serve the curry, add the koftas to the curry and simmer for 5 - 10 minutes over low heat.
  • Serve Lauki Kofta Curry warm along with chapati or steamed rice. 


  • If you are making a vegan version, use cashew cream/paste to make the gravy rich and thick. 
  • Recommended Equipment: Paniyaram Pan (Buy It Here)


Serving: 150g | Calories: 102kcal | Carbohydrates: 6.1g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 7.7g | Fiber: 2.2g