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Lauki ka Kofta

By: pallavi of simi valley, US

Kofta balls in creamy gravy

Filed in Main Dishes

Serves 6 people


  • 1 lbs of lauki
  • 4 tbsp besan
  • 2 small onions
  • 2 small tomato
  • 1 tsp ginger garlic paste
  • salt to taste
  • 2 tsp red mirchi powder
  • 4 tsp dhaniya powder
  • 1 tsp garam masala
  • 5 pieces of cardamom
  • 2 peces each of badam and kaju
  • 2 tsp of malai
  • 2 pieces of laung
  • small piece of dalchini
  • 5 green chillies


Kofta balls:

  1. Grate the lauki either in a foo processor or on a kadookas
  2. Add besan in the grated lauki, mix it well with hands preferably
  3. Take 1 tbsp oil in a ladai and add the besan laki paste to it
  4. Mix the paste well in the kadai till it becomes dry, it should be good to make kofta balls from, like a dough.
  5. Add salt, mirchi, dhaniya powder, ginger garlic paste to the dough and mix it again.
  6. Now take out the dough and spread it on a plate
  7. Make small kofta balls from the dough as soon as it cools down a little.
  8. Keep these balls aside


  1. Grind the onion into a paste
  2. Grind the tomato, cardomam, dalchini, laung(cloves), kaju, badam & malai  all together in the grinder and keep it separate.
  3. Take 2 tbsp of oil and add green chili cut into small pieces to it
  4. add the onion paste to it
  5. add the tomato paste to the onion once it turns golden brown
  6. add mirchi powder, dhaniya, garam masala and namak to it.
  7. Fry the masala till the paste leaves oil and we know that its cooked well.
  8. Add a tsp of malai after the gravy is prepared.
  9. Keep the koftas separate and add as many as required to the gravy at the time of serving, boil it after adding the koftas.
  10. Garnish it with some green dhaniya and serve it hot.

Latest Comments

By jean chaurasia on 4/17/2012 5:37:00 AM

I would suggest the addition of half a tsp of baking powder to the mixture before forming the balls. This makes it lighter. Give it a try.

By Mr Shah on 4/16/2012 9:50:00 AM

Hi Pallavi, your recipe looks great i will definitely give it a shot. can you tell me what alternative can we use for malai since malai is not available in US. can we use heavy cream instead? thanks.

By Ravi Agrawal on 4/15/2012 3:19:00 PM

I Myself Was Surprised When I Had My 1St Bite Of This Recipe....My Frnds cant Believe abt Kaddu Magic..!! But Kofta Was Little Hard And Gravy Was Awsm..!!

By Tina on 5/22/2010 5:43:00 AM

wow! its too good, this is so simple & easy to cook.Infact i added little of ginger & garlic paste to the gravy too....

By Divya on 7/11/2009 8:00:00 AM

thanx Pallavi, I was looking for a recipe in which we don t have to fry koftas ---lauki with besan is already cooked so it want be raw in taste i guess!

By pooja on 3/27/2009 11:15:00 AM

gr8 thnks i undesstood as compare to others well u made it easy its all simple if u cooking tht all i can say bt we shd knw the contents too thnks :)

By sumita on 11/13/2008 7:56:00 AM

good recipe, however it will turn out better if the koftas are fried again after the ball have been made..

By Yogesh on 10/12/2008 2:46:00 AM

Reciepe is too good.


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