Kofta are like fritters made from minced meat, chicken, vegetable or even fish. In India Vegetarian verities, Like Lauki kofta (Bottle gourd fritters)and aloo Kofta (potatoe fritters), are popular, I was in Goa last week and we ordered malai kofta, the kofta was made up of aloo. I personally love lauki kofta. I bought one Lauki (bottle gourd) last week and I made 3 dishes out of it.
For the Kofta (fritters/ Dumplings) ( will make 10)
1 cup shredded lauki (bottle gourd)
1/3rd cup gram flour (Besan)
2 green chilly finely chopped
a pinch of red chilly powder
a pinch of turmeric powder
a pinch of garam masala powder
salt as per taste
Oil For deep Frying.
For the gravy:
2 table spoon oil
1/2 tea spoon mustard seeds
1/2 tea spoon cumin seeds (jeera)
1 cup finely chopped onions
3 green chilies chopped
1/2 cup finely chopped tomatoes
3 table spoon garlic finely chopped
2 table spoon ginger finely chopped
1/4th tea spoon of garam masala powder
1/2 tea spoon of red chilly powder
1/4th tea spoon of coriander powder
1/4th tea spoon turmeric powder
salt as per taste
1/2 cup curd.
Water as required
Chopped coriander leaves
1 table spoon of fresh cream
Mix all the ingredients listed under Kofta in a bowl, with the help of a table spoon drop the batter and deep fry them in hot oil and keep aside. ** using a table spoon will give the dumplings round shape**
In a wide pan heat 2 table spoon of oil and add mustard seeds and cumin seeds and let that crackle, then add onion and fry them till its turned golden brown now add tomatoes, ginger, garlic and green chillies and cook them till the tomatoes are soft now add garam masala, turmeric powder, red chilly powder, coriander powder and salt and cook for another 2 to 3 minutes.
Leave around 2 to 3 table spoon of the onion and tomato gravy in the pan and grind the rest in a mixer and then add again in the pan along with some water and cook on medium low flame.
Add curd to the gravy and keep whisking the gravy. Once the gravy is smooth add the lauki kofta and cook for another 5-10 minutes. Garnish with some chopped coriander leaves and cream before serving it hot.
There is no need to add water in the fritters batter as the lauki already has some water in it.
Make sure after adding the curd you keep whisking the gravy or else it will curdle.
Add water as per the consistency required for the curry.
Thanks for reading and you can check the link below for few more lauki (bottle guard) recipes.