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Lauki Koft (ଲାଉ କୋଫ୍ ତା)



Ingredients:

for making the koftas:
  • 2 cups grated lauki or ghia/bottle gourd (ଲାଉ)
  • 31/2 to 4 tbsp besan/gram flour (ବେସନ)
  • ¼ tsp garam masala powder (ଗରମ୍ ମସଲା)
  • ¼ tsp red chili powder 
  • 1 green chili, finely chopped 
  • salt as required (ଲୁଣ)
  • oil for frying the koftas (ତେଲ)
for making the masala paste:
  • 2 large tomatoes, roughly chopped (ଟମାଟର)
  • 1 medium sized onion, roughly chopped (ପିଆଜ)
  • 1 green chili, chopped
  • 1 inch ginger, chopped (ଅଦା)
  • 4-5 garlic, chopped (ରସୁଣ)
  • 2 tbsp broken cashews (କାଜୁ)
rest of the ingredients:
  • 1 tsp cumin (ଜିରା)
  • ¼ or ½ tsp red chili powder
  • ¼ tsp turmeric powder (ହଲଦୀ ଗୁଣ୍ଡ)
  • 1 tsp coriander powder (ଧନିଆ ଗୁଣ୍ଡ)
  • ½ tsp garam masala powder (ଗରମ ମସଲା)
  • 1 cup water (ପାଣି)
  • 2 tbsp oil (ତେଲ)
  • salt as required (ଲୁଣ)
  • sugar as required (optional) (ଚିନି)

Method:

  • rinse and peel the lauki.grate it.
  • squeeze the grated lauki and collect the juice in a bowl or mug.keep the juice aside.
  • mix all the ingredients for making the koftas with the grated lauki except oi.
  • make small round shaped balls  and deep fry in oil till golden brown.drain on paper tissues.
  • blend all the ingredients mentioned under masala paste with little or no water to a smooth paste. don’t add too much water as then the whole mixture splutters while frying.
  • remove extra oil from the frying pan in which the koftas were fried. keep about  2 tbsp oil.
  • heat the oil and first fry the cumin.
  • then add the masala paste.
  • fry for 8-10 mins and then add all the spice powders.
  • stir and continue to fry the masala paste till it starts leaving oil from the sides.
  • add the juice and about 1 cup water to the paste.
  • stir and simmer for 10-12 minutes.
  • lastly add the fried lauki kofta.
  • switch off the fire and let them be in the curry for a few minutes.
  • garnish with coriander leaves and serve lauki kofta hot with rotis, naan or jeera rice.

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