Healthy Recipes: Bottle Gourd Kofta Curry

Updated on May 20, 2017
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Bottle Gourd Kofta Curry
Bottle Gourd Kofta Curry

An Overview of Making Kofta Curry

The kofta curry side dish stands out when compared to other curries. Vegetable dumplings are immersed in a spicy tomato gravy to make this dish. It is healthy and delicious.

Making bottle gourd kofta curry (Lauki kofta) is easy. It involves two major steps. Koftas are formed in the first step. The next step consists of making the gravy and the curry.

Making the Koftas: Mix grated bottle gourd, carom seeds, chickpea flour, rice flour, chopped onion, chopped green chili, grated ginger, and salt to get a soft dough. Make small balls out of it. Deep fry them in oil. These are koftas.

Making Kofta Curry: Immerse koftas in a spicy tomato gravy. Garnish the curry with chopped coriander leaves. Serve this tempting side dish with roti, chapati, or with any flatbread.

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Prep time: 15 min
Cook time: 35 min
Ready in: 50 min
Yields: Serves four people


  • 1 1/2 cup grated bottle gourd/lauki, squeeze the water; use it for the gravy
  • 5 tbsp gram flour/chick pea flour
  • 2 tbsp rice flour
  • 1/2 tsp coriander powder, available in Indian stores
  • 1/2 tsp garam masala powder, available in Indian stores
  • 1 green chili, crushed or finely chopped
  • 1/2 inch ginger, grated
  • 1/8 tsp turmeric powder
  • 1/4 tsp carom seeds
  • 2 tomato, blanched
  • 2 tbsp cashewnuts and almonds, optional, soak in water for 20 minutes, puree with tomato, gives rich taste
  • 1/2 tsp cumin seeds, for the gravy
  • 1/2 tbsp ginger-garlic paste, available in Indian stores
  • 3/4 cup onion, finely chopped, 1/4 cup for the koftas, 1/2 cup for the gravy
  • 1/2 tsp coriander seeds
  • 1/2 tsp garam masala powder, available in Indian stores
  • 3-4 dry red chili
  • 2-3 tbsp thick curd or yogurt
  • 2 tbsp oil
  • 3/4 tsp salt, or as per taste
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 1/4 tsp turmeric powder
  • 2 tbsp coriander leaves, chopped, for garnishing

Step-By-Step Instructions and Images for Making Bottle Gourd Kofta Curry

Making the Koftas:

  1. Peel the skin and grate the bottle gourd. Squeeze the water. Collect it in a bowl. Use it while making the gravy.
  2. Take a mixing bowl. Add squeezed bottle gourd, gram flour, rice flour, carom seeds, chopped ginger, onion, coriander powder, garam masala powder, turmeric powder, minced green chili, and salt to it. Mix well to get a soft and firm dough.
  3. Divide the dough in lemon size balls. Apply oil on your fingers and give them sphere shape.
  4. Don't rest them for long because bottle gourd gives out water. Start frying them in hot oil.
  5. Turn the balls occasionally to ensure proper cooking. Take them out with the help of a slotted ladle and place on a tissue paper. Repeat the same for all dough balls.

Making the Gravy:

  1. Heat a tea spoon oil in a hand pan. Add coriander seeds and red chilies. Fry till they are crisp. Add chopped onion. Saute for 1 minute. Add chopped tomato. Stir-cook on low flame till tomato becomes soft. Turn off the fire. Keep aside for cooling.
  2. Grind the fried contents with soaked cashew nuts and almonds to get a paste. This is the spicy masala for the gravy. Keep aside.
  3. Heat oil in another Kadhai/pan. Throw cumin seeds to it. Let them crackle.
  4. Add ginger-garlic paste. Continue sauteing till raw smell disappears and emits nice aroma.
  5. Pour the ground masala. Stir-cook on low fire for 5-6 minutes. Add turmeric powder, garam masala powder, and salt. Let the contents boil for 1 minute.
  6. Add thick curd or yogurt. Continue cooking for a minute.
  7. Add bottle gourd water which you have collected in the bowl. Add 3/4 cup fresh water. Mix thoroughly and boil for 2-3 minutes. Add koftas. Continue simmering for a minute.
  8. Turn off the fire. Garnish the curry with chopped coriander and some yogurt.
  9. Bottle gourd kofta curry is ready to serve. Serve it hot with roti, chapati, or with flatbread. Enjoy the spicy taste!

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bottle gourd
bottle gourd
remove bottle gourd skin and cut in pieces for grating
remove bottle gourd skin and cut in pieces for grating
mix contents for making kofta dough
mix contents for making kofta dough
fried onion, tomato, coriander, cashew nuts, almonds, and red chili for grinding
fried onion, tomato, coriander, cashew nuts, almonds, and red chili for grinding
Bottle gourd kofta curry
Bottle gourd kofta curry

Important Notes

  • You can omit cashew nuts and almonds in this recipe. I used them to get a thick and rich gravy.

Nutritional Information of Bottle Gourd Kofta Curry

Nutrition Facts
Serving size: 1
Calories 146
Calories from Fat54
% Daily Value *
Fat 6 g9%
Saturated fat 0 g
Carbohydrates 18 g6%
Sugar 1 g
Fiber 4 g16%
Protein 5 g10%
Cholesterol 0 mg
Sodium 876 mg37%
* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA.

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