Lauki kofta (Bottle gourd balls)




Bottle gourd-2 cups(grated)
Gramflour-1-2 tbsp
Ginger-garlic paste-1 tsp
Onion paste-2 cups
Onion-1 tbsp(finely chopped)
Tomato paste-1 cup
Green chilli paste-1 tsp
Green chilli-1 tsp(finely chopped)
Cumin seed-1 tsp
Turmeric powder-1-2 tsp
Salt-to taste
Coriander powder-1 tbsp
Cumin powder-1/2 tsp
Black pepper powder-1/4 tsp
Garam masala-1/4 tsp
Bay leaf-1
Green cardamom-2
Oil-for deep frying
Coriander leaves-for garnish(finely chopped)


-> Take grated bottle gourd in a bowl and add a pinch of salt to it, mix and keep aside for 5 minutes.
-> Now squeeze out all the water from the bottle gourd and salt mixture.
-> Now add salt(yes, again) to the mixture, a pinch of turmeric powder and the chopped onion-green chillies.
-> Sprinkle little gramflour at a time till you get the proper binding.
-> Make balls.
-> Now in a wok, heat oil and deep fry these balls till golden brown.
-> Take out on a tissue paper or kitchen towel.
-> Take out excess oil from the wok(we need oil just to make the gravy now).
-> Add in cumin seeds, when it crackles add bayleaf, cardamom, cloves and cinnamon.
-> Now add onion paste it in. Fry for 2-3 minutes.
-> Add ginger-garlic paste and green chilli paste.
-> Now add turmeric powder, coriander powder, cumin powder, black pepper powder. Fry till it leaves oil.
-> Now add tomato paste and salt to it. Cook for 3-4 minutes.
-> Now add garam masala and water.
-> When water starts to boil, add the balls.
-> Cook for 2-3 minutes and turn off the stove. Cover it with a lid and let it seat for around 10 minutes before serving.

Garnish with finely chopped coriander leaves. All ready to be served with jeera rice, plain rice, paratha or roti 🙂