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Lauki Kofta Curry/ Bottle gourd Dumplings Curry

Lauki kofta curry or Bottle gourd dumplings curry is a very popular recipe from North Indian Cuisine. Lauki Kofta or bottle gourd dumplings are immersed into flavorful onion and tomato base sauce and served with some Indian flatbread!!
Lauki kofta curry is a very delicious preparation of kofta or dumplings made with bottle gourd or lauki, chickpea flour and some Indian spices.Traditionally, these koftas or dumplings are deep fried and are immersed in onion and tomato base sauce. A very unique and a delicious dish made with lauki or bottle gourd.

Lauki Kofta Curry / Bottle gourd Dumplings Curry-Instant Pot, Air Fryer

My husband loves lauki kofta curry and I make these yummy kofta curry almost every month. Traditionally these koftas are deep fried and served in a sauce. I personally prefer non-fried version of this recipe, thus keeping it light and healthy for our palate. I make these koftas in appam pan (ebelskiver pan) or even sometimes air fry these koftas. These kotas turn out so delicious. I bet you won’t be able to differentiate between the fried and non-fried koftas, only difference is that these are so much healthier than the traditional ones without compromising on its taste or flavors. Now this is what I call guilt free eating.


Though these koftas taste great immersed in the sauce, but they also make a great healthy snack or appetizers too. I make a batch of these koftas, add some to the sauce, while save some for later.

Lauki Kofta Curry / Bottle gourd Dumplings Curry-Instant Pot, Air Fryer

 

 

Lauki kofta curry mainly has two main components. Firstly, koftas which are made using lauki or bottle gourd and secondly the sauce or curry in which these koftas are immersed and served.

How to make kofta?
Wash and peel lauki. Medium grate the lauki using a grater. On a bowl, place a clean kitchen towel, add the grated lauki and squeeze any extra liquid from the lauki. Reserve this liquid for later use (we will use this liquid in the sauce). In a bowl add the grated lauki, besan or chickpea flour, ginger, green chili, dry spices and mix well to form a semi-stiff dough.You should be able to make small balls out of these dough, if required add more chickpea flour. Divide the dough into small portions (around 16 portions) and roll it into small balls. Now you can choose to make these koftas in a traditional way by deep frying or choose a healthier option. Either air fry or make these koftas in appam pan, also known as paniyaram or ebelskiver pan. Checkout the recipe for instructions on making these koftas in appam pan or air fryer.
Pic. shown below making koftas using appam (ebelskiver) pan.

Lauki Kofta Curry / Bottle gourd Dumplings Curry-Instant Pot, Air Fryer

 

How to make the sauce?
I like to make the sauce for koftas in Instant Pot. But you can make it on a stove top too (Please checkout the recipe for stove top instructions). Turn on the Instant Pot on saute mode (high), when it displays “HOT”, add oil, cumin seeds, onion. Saute for 5-7 mins or until onions are slightly brown. Add tomatoes and dry spices, saute for 2-3 mins. Add water and reserved liquid from the koftas. Note: Water + reserve liquid = 1-1/2 cup liquid total. Turn off saute mode. Close Instant Pot with vent on sealing. Turn on manual /pressure cooker mode (high) for 5 mins. Let pressure release naturally, around 10 mins. Open the Instant Pot,  bring the mixture to a boil. Turn off the Instant Pot. Add the koftas, garam masala, cover and let koftas soak in the sauce for 10 mins. This step is important, koftas absorb all the flavor from the sauce and also become soft and moist. Garnish with some fresh cilantro and serve with some Indian bread – roti, paratha or naan. Enjoy!! 😋

Lauki Kofta Curry / Bottle gourd Dumplings Curry-Instant Pot, Air Fryer

 

Tips and Tricks

  • The taste of any dish solely depends upon the ingredients used. Using freshest ingredients is always a key to a healthy and a flavorful dish. Picking of lauki or bottle gourd can sometimes be tricky. Choose lauki that is firm from outside and most importantly firm from the center.
  • Medium grate the lauki for best result.
  • Remember to squeeze the lauki for extra liquid before making the koftas. Reserve the liquid to be used later for preparing the sauce.


  • Do not keep the grated lauki for long, use it immediately for making the koftas.
  • No need to add any extra water while making the koftas, the moisture in the lauki helps bind the dough.
  • Koftas absorb flavors from the sauce, season the sauce well.
  • Koftas can be prepared a day ahead and be used next day into the sauce.
  • Koftas and sauce can be reserved separately. Add the koftas to the sauce just before serving.
  • Koftas do tend to soak up all the liquid many a times leaving curry without any sauce. If it happens so, then add some water to the sauce to dilute it.

Lauki Kofta Curry / Bottle gourd Dumplings Curry-Instant Pot, Air Fryer


How to serve Lauki Kofta Curry?
Lauki Kofta Curry is best served with some Indian flatbread – roti, paratha or naan.
How to store and freeze Lauki Kofta Curry?
  • Lauki Koft curry stays fresh for 3-4 days in the refrigerator. I normally store the koftas and the sauce separately. Reheat the sauce, add the koftas and serve.
  • Lauki Kofta freezes well too. You can freeze it for upto 2 months. Just freeze koftas and sauce separately into freezer safe containers. Defrost it in the refrigerator overnight, heat up the sauce, add the koftas and serve.

 



Lauki Kofta Curry / Bottle gourd Dumplings Curry

Lauki kofta curry or Bottle gourd dumplings curry is a very popular recipe from North Indian Cuisine. Lauki Kofta or bottle gourd dumplings are immersed into flavorful onion and tomato base sauce and served with some Indian flatbread!!
Course entrees
Cuisine Indian
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Author Jyoti Behrani

Ingredients

For Kofta:

  • 1 medium lauki /bottle gourd medium grated (grated lauki around 1-1/2 cup)
  • 1/3-1/2 cup besan / chickpea flour as needed
  • 1 TSP ginger grated
  • 1 green chili chopped (optional)
  • Handful of fresh cilantro
  • 1 TSP coriander seeds crushed
  • 1/2 TSP cumin seeds
  • 1 TSP coriander powder
  • 1/4 TSP turmeric
  • 1/4 TSP red chili powder as per taste
  • salt to taste

For Sauce:

  • 1 large onion medium grated
  • 2 medium tomatoes pureed or chopped
  • 1/2 inch ginger grated
  • 1 green chili chopped (optional)
  • 1/2 TSP cumin seeds
  • 1 TSP coriander powder
  • 1/4 TSP red chili powder as per taste
  • 1/4 TSP turmeric
  • 1/4 TSP garam masala
  • 1 cup water + reserved liquid from lauki
  • Note: Total liquid water+reserved liquid from lauki = 1-1/2 cup)
  • 3 TBSP oil
  • salt to taste

For Garnish:

  • Handful of fresh cilantro

Other Ingredients (For Air Fryer):

  • Parchment / Butter paper
  • Cooking spray

Instructions

Instructions for Kofta:

  • Peel and grate lauki (bottle gourd).
  • Note: Medium grate lauki for best results.
  • On a bowl, place a clean kitchen towel,  add the grated lauki and squeeze any extra liquid from the lauki. Reserve the liquid for later use.
  • Note: We will use the reserved liquid for preparing the sauce.
  • Place the squeezed lauki in another bowl. Add chickpea flour, coriander seeds, cumin seeds, ginger, green chili (optional), fresh cilantro, dry spices - coriander powder, red chili powder, turmeric and salt to taste.
  • Mix well to form a semi-stiff dough.
  • Note: You should be able to form balls from the dough, if required add more besan to form a dough.
  • Divide the dough into equal portions (around 16). Shape the dough into round balls.
  • Follow instructions for Air Fryer or Appe Pan ( ebelskiver pan).

Instructions for Kofta - Appe Pan (ebelskiver pan):

  • Heat the appe pan on a medium to low heat. Grease all the cavities with little oil (around 4-5 drops of oil into each cavity)
  • Gently place the balls into the cavity. No need to cover the pan.
  • Cook for 4-5 mins or until golden brown. Gently flip the balls and cook on the other side for 4-5 mins or until cooked. Note: Insert a toothpick in the center of the ball, if it comes out clean, means the balls are cooked.
  • Repeat the process with the remaining balls. Keep it aside.

Instructions for Kofta - Air Fryer:

  • Take a piece of parchment paper/butter paper and make some slits.
  • Place the parchment paper in air fryer basket and spray with some cooking oil.
  • Arrange the prepared lauki balls on the parchment paper.
  • Set temperature 350 F for 8 mins. Place the air fryer basket and start the air fryer.
  • After 8 mins, flip the sides of the balls, spray with cooking oil, and air fry for 8 mins.
  • Depending upon the size and moisture in the koftas, time will vary. Check if Koftas are done. Note: Insert a toothpick in the center of the ball, if it comes out clean, means the balls are cooked. If required add few more minutes and cook until koftas are done.

Instructions for Sauce - Instant Pot Cooking:

  • Turn on Instant Pot on saute mode (high). When it displays "HOT", add oil, cumin seeds, onion. Saute for 5-7 mins or until onions turn slightly brown, stir occasionally.
  • Add tomatoes, ginger, green chili (optional), dry spices - coriander powder, turmeric, red chili powder (as per tastand salt to taste. Mix well. Saute for 2-3 mins.
  • Add water and reserved liquid from the lauki, mix well. Turn off saute mode.
  • Set Instant Pot on Manual/Pressure Cook mode (higfor 5 mins. Let pressure release naturally, around 10 mins.
  • Open the Instant Pot. Turn on saute mode (high), bring the mixture to a boil. Turn off Instant Pot.
  • Add kofta and garam masala to the sauce, mix gently. Cover the pot for 5-10 mins, let koftas absorb all the flavors from the sauce and soften.
  • Note: imp do not skip this step.
  • Garnish with some fresh cilantro. Enjoy Lauki Kofta Curry with some Indian flatbread - roti, paratha or naan.

Instructions for Sauce - Stove Top Cooking:

  • On a high heat, in a pot, add oil, cumin seeds, onion. Saute for 5-7 mins or until onions turn slightly brown, stir occasionally.
  • Add tomatoes, ginger, green chili (optional), dry spices - coriander powder, turmeric, red chili powder (as per tastand salt to taste. Mix well. Saute for 2-3 mins.
  • Add water and reserved liquid from the lauki, mix well. Bring mixture to a boil.
  • Reduce the heat to medium, cover and cook for 5 mins. Turn off heat.
  • Add kofta and garam masala to the sauce, mix gently. Cover the pot for 5-10 mins, let koftas absorb all the flavors from the sauce and soften.
  • Note: imp do not skip this step.
  • Garnish with some fresh cilantro. Enjoy Lauki Kofta Curry with some Indian flatbread - roti, paratha or naan.

Notes

1. I prefer to grate the veggies - onions, ginger, but you can chop the veggies too.
2. Medium grate lauki for best result. Fine grate lauki releases too much moisture, and it gets hard to bind it into a dough.
3. Cook koftas on medium to low heat for even cooking.
4. Tips and Tricks - checkout the discussion earlier in the post.
5. How to store and freeze lauki kofta curry?-checkout the discussion earlier in the post.
6. I prefer onion-tomato sauce for this curry. You can make this sauce with just tomatoes only.



Jyoti Behrani

Hello!! Welcome to my blog, my journey Living Smart and Healthy! Cook with me easy and authentic Indian food and around the globe. Will be sharing tips and tricks on easy authentic cooking, without spending hours in the kitchen or comprising on authentic flavors. Keeping things simple and healthy is what I am all about. Life is simple, so lets keep cooking simple too!!

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