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Lauki (Bottle Gourd) Kofta Curry

Lauki (Bottle Gourd) Kofta Curry

Ingredients:

For Koftas:

1 medium Bottlegourd (lauki/doodhi)
1 small onion
3-4 green chilies, finely chopped
3 tbsp chickpea flour (besan/gram flour))
1 tsp turmeric powder
1 tsp garam masala powder
1 tsp red chili powder
1 tbsp finely chopped coriander(cilantro) leaves
Oil for frying
Salt to taste

For Gravy:

1 big onion, finely chopped
2 tsp ginger garlic paste
2 medium sized tomatoes, blanched and pureed
1-2 green chilies, chopped
1 bay leaf
1 tsp cumin seeds
1 tsp red chili powder
1 tsp coriander powder
1/2 tsp turmeric powder
1 tsp garam masala powder
Finely chopped coriander(cilantro) leaves
Oil as required
Salt to taste

Method:

For Koftas:

Dry roast the chick pea flour in pan. Keep aside.
Peel and grate lauki(bottle gourd). Grate the onion in the same mixture.
Squeeze out water completely from the grated lauki and onion by pressing between the palms.
Keep the water aside, to be used as stock later.
Add all the other ingredients and roasted chick pea flour to the grated lauki,except oil and mix nicely.
If the mixture looks too runny, add a little more chickpea flour.
Shape the lauki (bottle gourd) mix into round balls (koftas).
Deep-fry the koftas to golden brown over medium flame.

For Gravy:

Heat oil in a pan. Add cumin seeds, bay leaf and saute for 10 seconds.
Add chopped onion, green chilies and saute till the onions turn transparent.
Add ginger garlic paste and saute till the raw smell disappears.
Add red chili powder, turmeric powder, garam masala powder, coriander powder,tomato puree and salt.
Fry, stirring constantly, for about 5 minutes, or till the oil begins to separate from the masala.
Add the lauki stock and 2 cups of water to the masala and let the gravy boil for 5-10 minutes.
Lower the heat and add the koftas. Simmer the gravy uncovered for about 2-3 minutes.
Turn off the flame and allow it to rest for 10 minutes. Koftas absorb the gravy and swell.
Garnish with chopped cilantro and serve hot with chapatis, rotis or Naan.

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