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.
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.
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.
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