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Lauki ka Kofta

For the lauki koftas

  • 1/2 cup grated bottle gourd (doodhi / lauki)
  • 2 tbsp besan (Bengal gram flour)
  • 1 small sized potato, boiled and mashed
  • 1/2 tsp ginger-garlic (adrak-lehsun) paste
  • 1/2 tsp green chilli paste
  • 1/2 tsp chaat masala
  • salt to taste

Other ingredients

  • 2 roasted onions, roughly chopped
  • 1/2 tsp chopped ginger (adrak)
  • 2 roasted garlic cloves, roughly chopped
  • 2 tomatoes, blanched and roughly chopped
  • 1/4 tsp cumin seeds (jeera)
  • 1/4 tsp turmeric powder (haldi)
  • 1 tsp chilli powder
  • 1/2 tsp garam masala
  • 1 1/2 cups Vegetable Stock
  • salt to taste
  • 2 tbsp chopped coriander (dhania) for the garnish

Method

For the lauki koftas
  • Combine all the ingredients together in a bowl.
  • Divide the mixture into 16 equal portions and shape them into small round koftas.
  • Steam in a steamer for about 20 minutes till the koftas are done. Keep aside.
Method
  • Blend the onions, ginger and garlic to a smooth paste in a mixer. Keep aside.
  • Blend the tomatoes to a purée in a mixer.
  • Heat a non-stick kadhai on a medium flame and when it is hot, add the cumin seeds.
  • Dry roast for 10 to 15 seconds and then add the ground paste and cook stirring continuously till it turns brown in colour.
  • Add the tomato purée, turmeric powder, chilli powder, garam masala, vegetable stock and salt and simmer on a low flame for 10 minutes.
  • Add the koftas and simmer for 3 to 4 minutes.
  • Serve hot garnished with coriander.

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