Lauki ke Kofte (Serves 3-4; Preparation Time: 50 minutes)

Lauki or Bottle gourd is one vegetable which most of us guard against. It may be good for health but has such an insipid taste that most of us would rather go hungry.

Right?

However, some good recipes and unusual preparations can do wonders to uninteresting vegetables such as Lauki. This kofta curry recipe is one such wonder-dish. It can make you fall in love with the simple...Lauki!

Ingredients - for the Kofte
  • Lauki - 3 cups, grated
  • ¼ cup besan, roasted
  • 2 bread slices
  • ¼ tsp turmeric powder
  • ¼ tsp chilli powder
  • ½ tsp bhuna jeera powder
  • ¼ tsp garam masala
  • ¼ tsp salt
Ingredients - for the Curry
  • 1 onion, blend into a paste
  • 2 tomatoes, pureed
  • 1 tbsp ginger paste
  • 2 tbsp garlic paste
  • ¾ tsp chilli powder
  • 2 tsp dhania powder
  • ½ tsp turmeric powder
  • 1 tsp garam masala

Steps
  • Mix the grated lauki, besan and the spices; cut the sides of the bread slices and break them into very small pieces

  • Add the tiny bread slices to the grated lauki, mix again and collect it into small balls using your hands (you'll be able to make about 10 balls with the amount of the mixture)

  • Deep fry the balls in oil until golden brown and set aside

  • For the curry, heat oil in a wok, add the ginger and garlic paste and wait for it to turn brown

  • Add onion to the frying ginger garlic paste and cook until brown; then add the pureed tomatoes and spices and sauté till it turns almost dry

  • Add about two cups of water, bring it to a boil, cover and cook for 5-6 minutes

  • Add the kofte and cook for another 7-8 minutes, turn off the gas and sprinkle some garam masala; mix

  • Garnish with finely chopped coriander and serve hot!
Did this recipe help turn your dislike for Lauki? Do you make these Kofte any other way? Please post your comments below!

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