Recipe – Lauki Kofta / Dudhi Kofta


Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cooking time: 40 minutes

Serves: 4


For the kofta balls:

  • Lauki (bottle gourd): 1 fresh
  • Gram Flour (besan): 2 Cup
  • Water: ¼ Cup or as required
  • Salt: 1 Teaspoon or to taste
  • Black pepper powder: ½ Teaspoon
  • Carom seeds (Ajwain): ½ Teaspoon
  • Coriander seeds (Gota dhania): ½ Teaspoon
  • Asafoetida (Hing): 1 pinch
  • Oil: For deep fry

For the Gravy:

  • Oil: ½ Tablespoon
  • Onion: 1 medium sized, finely chopped
  • Ginger: ½ Teaspoon, finely chopped
  • Garlic: ½ Teaspoon, finely chopped
  • Tomato: 1 medium sized, finely chopped
  • Green chili: 1, chopped
  • Cashew nut: 7-8
  • Cumin seeds: ½ Teaspoon
  • Salt: ½ Teaspoon or to taste
  • Turmeric: ¼ Teaspoon or to taste
  • Red chili powder: ¼ teaspoon
  • Garam Masala Powder: ¼ Teaspoon
  • Fresh milk cream: 2 Tablespoon
  • Milk: 2 Tablespoon
  • Water: 1 Cup or as required
  • Coriander leaves: 1 tablespoon


  • Peel the lauki, cut into 4 pieces and grate them. Transfer to a bowl. Leave for 10 minutes.
  • Squeeze out the water of the grated lauki and keep aside.
  • Add the kofta ball ingredients in the grated lauki and make a thick paste. if required use the lauki water.
  • Heat oil for deep fry.
  • Take 1 small portion form the paste using hand or spoon and put in the frying pan.
  • Like this divide the paste into 15-16 portions and deep fry each portion rolling as ball or cylinder.
  • Take out the fried koftas on a kitchen napkin and keep aside.
  • Blend onion, ginger, garlic to a smooth paste and keep aside.
  • Blend tomato and green chili to a smooth paste and keep aside.
  • Dry roast cashew nuts and using little water blend to a smooth paste and keep aside.
  • Heat ½ Tablespoon oil in another pan and add cumin seeds. When it changes color, add the onion paste. Sauté for 2-3 minutes.
  • Add tomato paste and sauté for another 2 minutes
  • Add Cashew paste, salt, turmeric, red chili powder, garam masala powder. Sauté for 2 minutes.
  • Add milk, milk cream, water and let it boil.
  • Once it starts to boil, add the fried kofta. Mix well. Cover the pan and cook for 2 minutes.
  • Turn off the heat.
  • Add coriander leaves and serve.

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