Lauki Kofta in Cashew nut Gravy

Lauki or Bottle Gourd is a very healthy vegetable with 96 % water content. This is a must for the summers. I love this veggie in any format. The Lauki Channa Dal was a family favorite until I made this creamy North Indian Delight of Lauki Kofta cooked in onion, tomatoes and cashew gravy. I had heard of this dish from all my North Indian friends. Though Lauki was a regular veggie in my family I never cooked it this way. Last weekend I was left with half of Lauki and no other veggie. So to fulfill the weekend special demand of both the boys I made Lauki Kofta in Cashew nut Gravy recipe with ghee smeared Rotis and some cucumber Raita.

Lauki Kofta in Cashew Gravy
Lauki Kofta in Cashew Gravy

Lauki ka Kofta is a flavorful, creamy gravy dish which you can serve for your parties and have it on special occasions.

Here goes the recipe of Lauki Kofta in Creamy Cashew nut Gravy:

Ingredients for Lauki Kofta in Cashew nut Gravy:

For the Kofta:

  1. Bottle Gourd – 1 and 1/2 cups, grated
  2. Gram Flour or Besan – 4 tbsp
  3. Red Chili Powder -1 tsp
  4. Coriander Powder – 1 tsp
  5. Cumin Powder – 1 tsp
  6. Turmeric Powder – 1 pinch
  7. Salt – according to taste
  8. Canola Oil – for deep frying

For the Gravy:

  1. Onions – 3/4 cup, finely chopped
  2. Tomatoes – 1 cup, cubed or chopped
  3. Ginger Garlic Paste – 1 tsp
  4. Oil – 2 tbsp
  5. Cumin seeds – 1 tsp
  6. Cashew nuts – 1/4 cup
  7. Red Chili Powder – 1 tsp
  8. Coriander Powder – 1 tsp
  9. Cumin Powder – 1 tsp
  10. Kasuri Methi – 1 tsp
  11. Turmeric  Powder – 1 tsp
  12. Salt – according to taste
  13. Sugar – 1/2 tsp

Steps of Preparation for the Lauki Kofta in Cashew nut Gravy:

Preparing Koftas:

  1. Grate the Lauki or Bottle Gourd finely. Squeeze out excess water and reserve the water for using it later for the gravy.
    Grated Lauki or Bottle Gourd
    Grated Lauki or Bottle Gourd

    Squeezing the excess water
    Squeezing the excess water

  2. To the Lauki, add the gram flour and all the dry powdered masalas (turmeric powder, cumin powder, coriander powder, salt) and mix uniformly.

    Lauki with Gram Flour and Powdered Spices
    Lauki with Gram Flour and Powdered Spices

  3. Gently form round balls and keep aside.
  4. Take a Kadhai or wok and heat the oil, then fry the balls until golden brown.
    Add the Lauki balls for frying
    Add the Lauki balls for frying

    Fry till golden brown
    Fry till golden brown

  5. Strain out the excess oil and keep aside the Koftas to be dunked into the gravy.

    Fried Koftas
    Fried Koftas

Preparing the Gravy:

  1. Heat a pan with oil (I used canola oil).
  2. Add the cumin seeds to the oil and let it splutter.

    Cumin Tempering
    Cumin Tempering

  3. Then add the chopped onions and fry till softened.

    Adding the Onions
    Adding the Onions

  4. Add the Ginger Garlic paste and cook till the raw smell goes off.

    Ginger Garlic Paste added
    Ginger Garlic Paste added

  5. Tomatoes are further added and cooked till the water is dried up.

    Adding Tomatoes
    Adding Tomatoes

  6. Then add the cashew nuts and saute for a minute and let it cool.
    Adding Cashewnuts
    Adding Cashew nuts

    Cooked Masalas for the gravy
    Cooked Masalas for the gravy

  7. Make a fine paste with the cooked onions, tomatoes and cashews.

    Making a paste of cooked onions, tomatoes and cashews
    Making a paste of cooked onions, tomatoes and cashews

  8. Heat the same pan, add a teaspoon of oil and the ground paste and then add the powdered spices (cumin powder, coriander powder, red chili powder, turmeric powder and salt).
    Adding a tsp of oil
    Adding a tsp of oil

    Adding powdered spices to the gravy
    Adding powdered spices to the gravy

  9. Saute and cook the gravy. Add the squeezed out water from bottle gourd, you can add an additional amount of water based on the gravy consistency you are looking for. Let it simmer for a minute or two.
  10. Crush the Kasuri Methi and add to the simmering gravy to add more flavors.

    Adding Kasuri Methi
    Adding Kasuri Methi

  11. Add the Koftas to the gravy and serve or you can directly add the koftas while serving.
Lauki Kofta in Cashew Gravy
Lauki Kofta in Cashew Gravy

 

Lauki Kofta in Cashew nut Gravy
 
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Recipe type: Main
Cuisine: Indian
Serves: 2
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Lauki Kofta in Cashew nut Gravy is a rich curry cooked with Bottle Gourd balls in the cashew nut gravy and enjoyed with Indian Flat breads like Naan, Rotis or Paratha.

 

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