• Culinary Aromas

Lauki Kofta Curry | Bottle Gourd Kofta Curry

Updated: Nov 20, 2020

This is one dish I always relish - as my mom makes it amazingly well. Lauki is one of my favorite vegetables. I enjoy it in many forms - sabzi, dal, kofta or in akki rotti. My kids enjoy the kofta curry so much that when I make it, it just disappears from their plate in minutes.

The lauki plant is a new addition to my backyard veggie garden and is growing very well. I have had beautiful harvests of lauki recently and this is the dish I made with my very first harvest. Lauki goes by different names - Bottle gourd, Opo squash, Calabash, Sorakai, Ghia, Doodhi.

Lauki is a healthy vegetable that is high in water content, rich in Calcium, Vitamin C & K. It is known to regulate blood pressure and sugar levels. I highly recommend that you include this vegetable in your diet.

The koftas are traditionally deep fried. However, when air fried, they are done with just 1 - 2 tsp of oil and come out soft, but also crispy. And most importantly, they taste just as good as the fried ones.

Explained in the post, are both air fried and deep fried methods of making lauki kofta and a delicious gravy to coat the crispy koftas (round dumpling balls) in. The dish is extremely delicious and goes well with roti or naan.



1 cup = 250ml or 128g

For Kofta

  • 1 1/2 cups grated bottle gourd or lauki (depending on size)

  • ¼ cup onion (or 1 small onion)

  • 5 tbsp besan or gram flour

  • 2 tbsp rice flour

  • 2 cloves of garlic

  • 1 inch ginger

  • 1 tsp red chili powder

  • 1 tsp cumin or jeera powder

  • 11/4 tsp salt

  • Oil

  • For deep frying: as needed

  • For Air frying: 1 tsp

For puree’

  • 2 medium sized onion

  • 3 medium sized tomatoes

  • 3 cloves garlic

  • 1 inch ginger

  • 1 bay leaf

  • 1 small cinnamon stick

  • 4 pepper corns

  • 4 cloves

  • 2 green chilli

  • 6 cashew

  • 2 tbsp oil


  • 1 tsp cumin or jeera

  • ½ tsp turmeric

  • 1 tsp kashmiri red chili powder or normal red chili powder

  • 1 tsp coriander or dhaniya powder