Friday, January 21, 2011

Lauki Kofta-Bottle gourd Kofta-Lauke ke Kofte

Lauki Kofta Curry or bottle gourd (sorakkai in tamil) kofta is a very famous Indian dish which goes well with rice, chapati and parathas. I prepared this delicious kofta gravy at 5 'o clock in the evening (to take pictures) but reheated and served it only at 8' o clock for dinner. The balls were in the gravy for 3 hours and did not break. In fact it was very tasty as the koftas had absorbed the flavors of the gravy .We had it with peas pulav and we loved the combo very much. Try this delicious Bottle gourd kofta curry and I am sure, you will not regret it .

Lauki KoftaLauki Kofta-Lauke ke kofte-Bottle gourd Kofta

How to prepare Koftas

Ingredients needed for Koftas

Bottle gourd - 1 1/2 cup grated
Besan/Bengal gram flour/Kadalai mavu - 6 tbsp or more
Rice flour - 1 tbsp
Cooking soda - a pinch
Onion - 1 medium size finely chopped
Coriander leaves - 2 tbsp finely chopped
Green chilli - 1 finely chopped
Red chilli powder - 1/2 tsp
Salt to taste
Oil for frying


Peel the skin of bottle gourd, remove the seeds and grade using the finer holes of the grater. Take 1 1/2 cups of grated lauki. Squeeze out all the water from the grated bottle gourd.

In a bowl, add grated bottle gourd, besan, rice flour, cooking soda, finely chopped onions, chillies, chilli powder, needed salt and make a firm dough.You can add more besan/ gram flour if there is moisture.

Now make small balls out of it and deep fry the balls in low flame till golden brown. Now your koftas ( see pic below) are ready. Keep it aside.

You will get 14 koftas for this measurement. I added only 12 balls in the gravy.

lauki ke kofte
Gravy for the Kofta

Ingredients needed for the gravy/sauce

Onion - 1 cup chopped
Tomato - 1 cup chopped
Ginger - 1 inch piece
Garlic - 3-4
Cashew nuts - 6

Turmeric powder - 1/4 tsp
Chilli powder - 1 tsp
Coriander Powder - 1 tbsp
Garam Masala - 1 tsp

Thick curd /Yogurt (plain) - 2 tbsp
Fresh cream - 2 tbsp (optional )
Oil -2 tbsp or ( 1 tbsp oil + 1 tbsp butter )
Salt to taste


Chop onions and tomatoes roughly.

Soak cashew nuts in hot water for 15 minutes. Drain and keep it aside.

Heat 2 tsp of oil in a pan /kadai, add chopped onions and saute till it turns transparent, add ginger, garlic, tomatoes and saute for some more time. After it cools, grind it to a paste without adding water along with cashew nuts. Keep this onion-tomato paste aside.

bottle gourd koftaMethod

Heat oil + butter in a kadai/pan, add jeera /cumin seeds, when they splutter, add the grounded onion-tomato paste, turmeric powder, chilli powder, coriander powder, garam masala powder, curd and cook till it leaves oil.

Add 3/4 cup of water and cook for a few more minutes till everything gets blended well.

Drop the kofta balls gently into the gravy and bring it to boil .

Garnish with coriander leaves, fresh cream (optional ) and serve hot.

Lauki kofta gravy or curry can be served with rice,chapati, parathas, ghee rice or any pulav like peas pulav, Vegetable Pulav etc.

This measurement serves 4

More Bottle gourd recipes which goes well with rice and chapati

Bottle gourd kootu
( South Indian style)

Lauki daal recipe

Meet you all again with another interesting recipe, till then it is bye from Padhu of Padhuskitchen.


  1. Looks so perfect ...I made only once so far and just tot in my mind if hav lauki at home ...trying ur version for sure

  2. dear Padhu,
    Your kofta gravy looks very thick and yummy. Was really surprised to hear that your koftas didn't soak up all the gravy ( even after remaining in the gravy for 3 hrs.) !
    Perfect to have this with rotis

    Hamaree Rasoi

  3. Dear Padhu,
    The kofta curry sounds rich with the use of cashewnuts and I liked the bottlegourd vase too.

  4. Bottle gourd kofthas look very tempting,would you give me one or two,padmini..

  5. அருமையாக வித்தியசமான குறிப்பு...பகிர்வுக்கு நன்றி...

  6. cute presentatin, delicious gravy!!

  7. the curry looks so yum...such a wonderful presentation .... delicious looking pic.

  8. wow very tempting kofats in gravy padhu..vl try sun...nice pics

  9. I have a bottle gourd in my fridge..shall try it out this week!

  10. Lauki kofta and sauce looks delicious.

  11. delicious recipe. love the lauki tumbler.

  12. perfect kofta and grvey is so tempting

  13. your kofta recipe is very nice. will love to try it.

    A new event has started in my blog , innovative salads. I would be love if you will send recipe for this event

    Innovative Salads

  14. Kofta curry looks very tempting..perfect with rotis.

  15. Slurp,thats a delicious kofta curry, very tempting..

  16. carvings make ur dish more appealing...lovely dish....loving it

  17. This looks so delicious ,mouthwatering recipe.Gr8 clicks !!

  18. Lovely Lauki Vase....n Kofta Curry luks yummmy

  19. looks perfect and delicious..

  20. Love the presentation as usual ... Delicious recipe !!!

  21. Yummy kofta curry. The carved basket looks so cute..

  22. yummy & tasty kofta curry with lovely presentation..

  23. koftas looks great,and love the recipe

  24. That is a delicious kofta..Have never heard of Lauki Kofta...Great recipe..

  25. wow delicious kofta curry. nice recipe

  26. The koftas look great and the curry inviting.

  27. I was thinking of making kofta for dinner today..and you came with recipe at the right time..

  28. Mouthwatering koftas and so nicely carved basket.

  29. I am so glad you stopped by my blog and left a message. This recipe is wonderful. Kofta is a personal favorite of mine, and yours looks delicious!

  30. I'm craving for this...surely gonna make it tonite.

  31. drooling here :)

  32. Guests are coming...I will try looks different..Good Presentation!!!

  33. மிக நன்று. இதை நான் செய்து பார்ப்பேன்.

  34. I made my mind to prepare kofta curry now...but dont have a cooking soda...wats the use of it and is it mandatory?

  35. 100 thanks, paddu...I'm newly mother-inlaw told to do something with sorakkai..I dint know anything..I googled n got ur recipe..came out really well the koftas were sooo soft...n I was so happy with the praises I got from my family.

    Since it was with rice, I made small changes..I added grounded coconut n sambar powder..awesome

    Thank you loads..Sweta

  36. Padhuu...this recipe is awesome.. i did it ..and was so tasty.. thanks for the recipe..


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