Lauki Kofta Curry: These koftas are prepared with lauki in a larger proportion, in comparison to potato, to minimize the caloric value of the dish. Also, koftas are not deep-fried, but are simmered and cooked in the curry itself. This makes a tasty combination with lachha soya paratha.

Preparation Time: 15 mins   
Cooking Time: 10 mins   
Total Time: 25 mins    
Makes 4 servings


For The Lauki Koftas
1 1/2 cups grated bottle gourd (doodhi / lauki)
boiled , peeled and mashed potatoes
1/2 cup besan (bengal gram flour)
1 1/2 tsp finely chopped green chillies
1 tsp ginger-garlic (adrak-lehsun) paste
1 tsp chaat masala
salt to taste

For The Curry
1 tsp oil
1 tsp cumin seeds (jeera)
1/2 cup grated onions
1 tsp ginger (adrak) paste
1 tsp garlic (lehsun) paste
1/2 cup grated tomatoes
1/2 tsp turmeric powder (haldi)
1/2 tsp coriander-cumin seeds (dhania-jeera) powder
1/2 tsp chilli powder
salt to taste
1 tsp cornflour dissolved in 2 tbsp low-fat milk , 99.7% fat-free
1/2 tsp garam masala


For the lauki koftas

  1. Strain the liquid out of the bottle gourd and preserve it to add in the gravy.
  2. Combine all the ingredients in a non-stick pan and stir it over medium flame till the mixture leaves the sides of the pan.
  3. Remove and cool slightly. Divide this mixture into 14 equal portions and roll each portion into oval koftas. Keep aside.

For the curry

  1. Heat the oil in a deep non-stick pan and add the cumin seeds.
  2. When the seeds crackle, add the onions and sauté on a medium flame for a minute.
  3. Add the ginger paste, garlic paste, tomatoes, turmeric powder, coriander-cumin seeds powder and chilli powder and cook for 1 to 2 minutes, while stirring occasionally.
  4. Add the reserved liquid of the bottle gourd and 1½ cups of water, mix well and bring to a boil, while stirring occasionally.
  5. Add the salt and cornflour-water mixture, mix well and cook on a medium flame for 1 minute, while stirring occasionally.
  6. Add the koftas, and garam masala, mix gently and cook on a medium flame for another 1 to 2 minutes.
  7. Serve hot with parathas or brown rice.

Handy tip

  1. The koftas tend to crumble if you boil them too much in the gravy. So, it’s better to add them just before you’re ready to serve them.

Nutrition Value

Value per serving % Daily Values
Energy 110 cal 6%
Protein 4.9 g 9%
Carbohydrates 16.9 g 6%
Fiber 4.6 g 18%
Fat 2.6 g 4%
Cholesterol 0 mg 0%
Vitamin A 149.3 mcg 3%
Vitamin B1 (Thiamine) 0.2 mg 20%
Vitamin B2 (Riboflavin) 0.1 mg 9%
Vitamin B3 (Niacin) 0.9 mg 7%
Vitamin C 14 mg 35%
Vitamin E 0 mg 0%
Folic Acid (Vitamin B9) 45.6 mcg 23%
Calcium 42.7 mg 7%
Iron 1.6 mg 8%
Magnesium 43.4 mg 12%
Phosphorus 88.1 mg 15%
Sodium 89.6 mg 5%
Potassium 248 mg 5%
Zinc 0.5 mg 5%
Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.


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