Lauki Kofta

lauki-kofta

As a teenager I was always interested in “special” cooking…which involved some amount of work. Regular cooking never interested me then. Another intention was to surprise my family members on the dining table. So whenever I got in mood for some cooking, I used to drive everyone off from the kitchen. I remember making Lauki ka Kofta then and it came out delicious. This is the same recipe for Lauki ka Kofta with  inclusions like paneer and raisin made as per suggestion from my mom. You have to try it 🙂

Lauki / bottleguard – 1 medium sized
Onions – 2 nos (medium)
Tomato – 2 nos (big)
Bread crumbs – made from 4-5 slices
Gramflour / besan – 1 tsp
Chilli powder – ½ tsp
Garam masala – 1 pinch
Coriander leaves – 1 tbsp (chopped)
Pudina / mint leaves – 1 tbsp (chopped)
Paneer / cottage cheese – 5 tbsp (mashed)
Raisins
Fresh cream – 3-4 tbsp
Salt to taste
Water – 1 cup
Oil – 2 tbsp
Cumin seeds – 1tsp
Chilli powder – 1.5 tsp
Turmeric powder – ¼ tsp
Coriander powder – ½ to ¾ tsp
Dry mango powder – 1 tsp (optional)
Sugar – ¼ tsp

For Kofta

  1. Grate the bottleguard and add bread crumbs and gramflour to it
  2. Add salt, chilli powder, garam masala, coriander and mint leaves and mix to get tight dough. Be careful with salt as the gravy already has some salt.
  3. Make balls, flatten and fill it with mashed paneer / Khoya and 1 rainsin in centre before resealing it
  4. Deep fry the balls (koftas)

For gravy

  1. Grind to a smooth paste onion and tomato
  2. Heat oil in a wok and add cumin seeds and once it leaves aroma add the ground paste
  3. Fry well on low heat. Keep sprinkling water in between while frying.
  4. Add chilli powder, turmeric powder, coriander powder, dry mango powder,salt and sugar and stir well.
  5. Add water and let it boil.
  6. Now add the koftas and turn of the burner.
  7. Tip in dollops of fresh cream and garnish with coriander leaves
  8. Serve hot Kofta with with Indian bread (chappati) or rice

Till next time…..happy cooking!

Yoghurt based Lauki Raita Recipe

lauki-raita
I will share with you few recipes of Raitas that I know of and like. This is just one of them and tastes quite unique and serves as a good side dish.

Bottleguard / Lauki –grated 2 cups
Beaten curd / yoghurt – 4 cups
Roasted cumin seeds powder – ½ tsp
Red chilli powder – ½ tsp
Salt to taste
Fresh coriander – for garnish (finely chopped)

  1. Cook the grated bottleguard in ½ cup water till tender and keep aside for cooling
  2. Add this to beaten curd.
  3. Add cumin seeds powder, red chilli powder and salt
  4. Garnish with coriander before serving
  5. Serve this with Indian bread, dry item / any curry item.

For people who don’t know what raita is …. Raita is basically a spiced up version of curd / yogurt. You can add fruits, veggies anything and come up with your own version of raita. 🙂

Till next time…happy cooking!