May 20, 2011

Bottle Gourd (Lauki) Kofta Curry

I think kofta's are Indian version of meat balls served with thick gravy. Koftas can be made of potato , mixed vegges and malai. I have only made lauki kofta and never tried making malai kofta .Would have to try it next time for sure. Yesterday I made lauki kofta and wanted to share with you all .


For kofta:

Lauki:  1 medium sized
Gramflour  2 tbsp.
Rice Flour : 2 tbsp.
A pinch of baking soda
Turmeric powder :1/4 tsp.
Coriander powder :1 tsp.
Chaat Masala powder : 1 tsp.
Green chillies : 3-4
Coriander leaves
Ginger garlic paste : 2 tbsp.
Oil for frying

For Gravy:

Onions : 2
Tomato :1 large sized
Green chillies : 2-3
Ginger Paste : 1 tsp.
Garlic paste : 2 tsp.
Turmeric powder : 1 tsp.
Kashmri Red Chilli powder : 1 tsp.
Coriander powder : 1 tsp.
Garam masala powder : 1tsp.
Sugar : 1/4 tsp.
Oil 1-2 tsp.

Method :

Take the skin out with Potato Peeler and grate the bottle gourd, Peel and grate lauki,rinse with water and boil in salted water for 2 minutes, sqeeze the excess water with the help of your palms.
Then squeeze out water,(you can use this water as vegetable stock for gravy) add very little salt,turmeric powder,chopped greenchillies,garlic,coriander leaves,and garam masala powder. Taste and adjust the seasoning.
Then add gram flour(besan), rice flour,a pinch of baking soda and mix properly. Knead to a semi soft dough.Roll out small rounds from it.

Now heat up a kadai, add oil fry it properly on medium flame, till crisp brown.Repeat the procedure for rest of mixture.

For gravy, in the same oil fry chopped onions in little amount of oil, till brown. Now add tomato,green chillies,ginger, garlic and turmeric powder,coriander powder ,garam masala powder and fry till thick paste is obtained.

Add salt and little water to achieve gravy like consistency .Let it boil for few minutes and simmer it till the rawness of masalas is gone.

Now add kofta, cook for another 2-3 mins. Garnish with coriander leaves.

Finally, Serve hot with paratha.

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