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Bottle Gourd ( Lauki) Kofta Curry Recipe

Bottle gourd is also known as lauki in Hindi and lau in Assamese, is a versatile vegetable that contains almost 96% of water. Bottle gourd is perfect for juice extraction but it is used in making many different recipes in Indian cuisine. Bottle gourd pakoras, kofta curry, sabji, halwa, thepla are some of the famous bottle gourd recipes of Indian cuisine. Bottle gourd kofta curry or Lauki kofta curry is a light tomato based spicy curry dunked with koftas made from bottle gourd.

Now what is kofta ?

 Well a Kofta is a savory ball made from minced meat or vegetables.

Bottle gourd is one of my personal favorite vegetable and I often make simple bottle gourd sabji or sometimes fish curry with bottle gourd. I become lazy these days in doing experiments in my kitchen because of taking care of my two little kids. I had a small piece of bottle gourd laying in the refrigerator and I was bored eating the same bottle gourd sabji recipe. So I decided to cook bottle gourd kofta curry.

Bottle Gourd ( Lauki) Kofta Curry Recipe 


For Kofta :
  • 2 cups grated bottle gourd 
  • 2 tbsp gram flour or chickpea flour 
  • 1 tbsp rice flour 
  • 1 red onion, peeled and finely chopped 
  • 2 green chillies finely chopped 
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric powder 
  • 1/2 tsp cumin powder 
  • 1/2 tsp coriander powder 
  • 1/2 tsp red chilli powder 
  • Salt to taste 
  • Oil to fry 
For Gravy:

  • 2 red onion, peeled and finely chopped 
  • 1 tomato, chopped 
  • 2 green chillies finely chopped 
  • 1/2 tbsp ginger garlic paste 
  • 2 tbsp fresh cream 
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric powder 
  • 1/2 tsp cumin powder 
  • 1/2 tsp coriander powder 
  • 1/2 tsp red chilli powder 
  • 1/2 tsp garam masala 
  • 2 tbsp cooking oil
  • Salt to taste 
For Garnishing :
  • Chopped coriander leaves 

  1. For making kofta mix all the ingredients for kofta.  Add little water if required. 
  2. In a pan heat oil. 
  3. Make balls from the kofta mixture and fry in oil on medium heat. Fry till koftas turn light brown in colour. 
  4. Drain and keep aside. 
  5. Now you can use the remaining oil if you want or else heat 2 tbsp of oil in a pan. 
  6. Add chopped onions and ginger garlic paste. Saute till red. 
  7. Add chopped tomatoes. Fry until oil separates.
  8. Add turmeric powder ,cumin powder, coriander powder and red chilli powder. 
  9. Mix well. 
  10. Add 2 cups of water. 
  11. Bring to boil 
  12. In high heat cook for sometimes until the gravy becomes thick.
  13. Add salt. 
  14. Add kofta balls and garam masala. 
  15. Cook for 5 minutes. 
  16. Add fresh cream. 
  17. Remove from heat and garnish with coriander leaves. 
  18. Serve with roti. 


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