Thursday, April 28, 2011

Bottlegourd (dudhi/lauki) Kofta in thick curry sauce

Ingredients for the Koftas

500 gms bottle gourd (dudhi/lauki)(peeled & grated)
1/2 cup chickpea flour (Besan) add more if the batter is thin. (add spoon by spoon)
1/4 tsp cumin powder
1/4 tsp black pepper powder
1/2 tsp amchur powder (optional)
1 tsp salt
4 cloves garlic minced
1 small onion minced
2 green chillies minced
1 " ginger minced
2 tsp dry pomegranate seeds
4 tsp crushed peanuts (optional)

In a bowl add the above and mix to make a nice thick mixture.

Take a deep pan and heat oil in it. Once oil is medium hot add 1 tbsp full of the mixture and deep fry the koftas to light brown colour on slow flame. Keep the koftas aside.

For the thick curry sauce

1 big onion chopped finely
3 medium tomatoes chopped finely
2 green chillies finely chopped
1 tsp chopped ginger
1 tsp chopped garlic
1/4 bunch of chopped coriander
1/4 tsp red chilly powder
1/2 tsp turmeric powder
3/4 tsp cumin powder
2 tsp coriander powder
1/2 tsp salt (add salt as per taste)
5 tbsp Oil
2 1/2 cups of water

In a pan heat oil, add the chopped ginger , garlic & chillies, fry till it is lightly browned then add the onion and brown it well.

Add the chopped tomatoes and fry till it browns and oil starts separating.

Add the dry spices and fry for another minute. Add salt.

Add water and let the sauce boil. Let the sauce simmer for another 2 minutes on slow flame.

Add the coriander leaves, put off the flame.

Add the koftas in the thick curry sauce till it is well coated.

Enjoy it with Chappati , Paratha or any bread that you like.

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