Lauki Kofta | Bottle Gourd Kofta

Kofta curries are quite popular Indian food. To prepare Lauki Kofta, we make balls out of lauki (bottle gourd) and gram flour, then deep-fry them and finally submerge them into the onion-tomato based gravy. Relish it with rice or phulkas.

Also try: Bhindi Masala, Punjabi Kadhi or Mix Veg.

Course: Main Course

Cuisine: North Indian

Time: Preparation – 20 mins, Cooking – 25 mins, Total – 45 mins.

Servings: 3-4


  1. Grated Lauki (Bottle Gourd) – 1 cup (grated)
  2. Besan (Gram Flour) – 1/2 cup
  3. Onion – 1 large (blend to a smooth paste)
  4. Ginger-Garlic Paste – 1 tbsp
  5. Tomato – 3 large (blend to a smooth paste)
  6. Green Chillies – 2 (blend along with tomatoes) + 1 (finely chopped)
  7. Cumin Powder – 1/2 tsp
  8. Coriander Powder – 1.5 tsp
  9. Turmeric Powder – 1/4 tsp
  10. Red Chill Powder – 1/2 tsp
  11. Garam Masala Powder – 1/2 tsp
  12. Cream – 2 tbsp (optional)
  13. Coriander Leaves – 4 tbsp (finely chopped)
  14. Oil – 3 tbsp + for deep-frying the kofta balls
  15. Water – 3 cups
  16. Salt to taste.

PS: 1 Cup = 250 ML.

How to make Lauki Kofta:

  1. Take a mixing bowl. Add grated bottle gourd, green chillies, 2 tbsp coriander leaves, gram flour, 1/2 tsp coriander powder, 1/2 tsp cumin powder and salt. Mix well and a make a smooth paste
  2. Heat oil in a deep pan or a kadai. Drop the paste with the help of a spoon in the oil, deep fry from all the sides until golden brown. Drain them on a kitchen paper towel. Keep aside the koftas
  3. Heat 3 tbsp of oil in a pan or a kadai. Add cumin seeds and let it splutter
  4. Add ginger-garlic paste and saute till aromatic. Add onion paste and cook till golden brown
  5. Add tomato-green chilli paste, red chilli powder, turmeric powder and coriander powder. Cook till oil starts to separate
  6. Add 3 cups of water and salt, bring it to boil and cook for 1-2 mins
  7. Add koftas, garam masala powder and cream. Mix and cook for 2-3 mins
  8. Finally add remaining coriander leave and mix. Your Lauki Kofta is ready. 


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