Thursday, May 21, 2009



Bottle gourd/dudhi/lauki  is a vegetable , which  rarely people love to eat . Every time  this vegetable in my lunch box , use to be gifted back to my mom at the end of the day. My mom use always recommend, because of its nutritious value. .I liked it only in sweet preparation , dudhi halwa or dudhi kheer. So I tried this recipe of koftas, and to my surprise, I never loved this vegetable so much before. With its rich creamy curry and the tempting koftas swimming in , changed my view for this poor vegetable.

Utensils required

Mixing bowl

Baking try




For Koftas:

1 medium size bottle gourd (grated)

2 cloves of  garlic (grated)

½  inch of  ginger (grated)

2 green chillis (finely chopped)

½  tsp cumin powder

½  tsp coriander powder

¼ tsp chilli powder

½ tsp turmeric powder

Salt to taste

4 tsp besan ( chickpeas flour)


For Curry:

1 medium size onion (finely chopped)

1 plum tomato (finely chopped)

½ inch ginger (grated)

3 cloves garlic (grated)

1 tsp garam masala

½ tsp cumin powder

½ tsp coriander powder

½ tsp chilli powder

½ tsp turmeric powder

¼ cup heavy cream

½ cup milk

Salt to taste



For the koftas :

In a mixing bowl , mix grated bottle gourd with salt , and keep aside for 15 minutes. Now drain all the water from the gourd . This water will be used in the gravy. Now add ginger – garlic paste, chillis, and dry masalas. Add salt and besan and mix well. Make small round balls of the mixture. Pre- heat oven at 300 F for 10 minutes. Grease the baking tray with oil  and bake this koftas in oven till they turn golden brown both the sides . Koftas are ready.

*Traditionally koftas are deep fried. So if you don’t want to bake you can fry them.

For the Gravy :

In a wok , heat oil and sauté ginger- garlic paste. Now add onion. After they turn golden , add tomato. Add bottle gourd juice and cook till it forms gravy. Add all the dry masala and salt. Add heavy cream and milk and bring to a boil. Add the koftas and let them sink in the rich gravy.

Enjoy nutritiously tasty  bottle gourd kofta curry with hot phulkas or rice.

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