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Bottle Gourd is one very well known Asian vegetable which for some reason is hard to be found in Europe, ofcourse except the Asian stores. Growing up eating bottle gourd in various preparations was a must and there are so many different types of recipes across India. In Bengal we eat this vegetable with small prawns or with a fish head. But I started to like this other recipe which I tried few years back at a friends place – Lauki Kofta Curry is now my favourite bottle gourd recipes.

Kofta comes from the persian term Kofte which is used for a dumpling or a fritter. Indian cuisine has various forms of kofta adapted across cuisines.

 

Indian Curries by Spice Trip with PaulamiLauki Kofta Curry

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Lauki Kofta Curry (Bottle Gourd Kofta/Dumplings Gravy) Yum
When you are tired of having your greens the same way you twist it into something new.  This is a complete glutenfree and vegan dish which I paired with Fresh Parathas over the weekend. This is a great way of eating greens in a yummy way. Weekend is coming, do give this a try
Course Main Dish
Cuisine Indian
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Servings
people
Course Main Dish
Cuisine Indian
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Servings
people
Instructions
  1. For the koftas, grate bottle Gourd and squeeze as much water as you can. Mind you it will have way too much water in it. After that added gram flour/besan, rice flour, salt and little turmeric. Make them into round balls and shallow fried them in a non-stick pan. 
  2. For the gravy, blanch 1 tomato with few cashew nuts for that creaminess in the gravy without real heavy cream. Blend them together to a smooth paste. 
  3. Meanwhile in a heavy bottomed pan, in little oil, temper some cumin seeds and chopped onions. Add green chilli too. Once they cook through add the blended mix, masala (turmeric powder, chilli powder, coriander powder and some garam masala).
  4. Sauté this all on a low flame till they cook through and add water for gravy. Once it starts getting thicker, add the fried kofta to this and cook on low flame for 2 - 3 minutes.
  5. You can choose to make the kofta in advance in an air tight box and add it to the gravy when needed.
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