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Simple & Easy lauki Kofta Recipe

Easy and tasty lauki or bottle gourd Kofta recipe
Prep Time30 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Indian
Keyword: easy recipe, indian kofta recipe, quick, Vegan "metball" recipe
Servings: 4 people
Author: Tonking Around


  • Pan or wok to fry Koftas
  • Grater


For Koftas:

  • 1 Medium Bottle gourd or Lauki Pale green ones are the freshest
  • 1 cup Chickpea flour

For gravy:

  • 2 tbsp Oil for tadka
  • 3 medium Tomatoes
  • 2 Medium Onion
  • 6-7 pieces Garlic Pods
  • 1 inch Fresh ginger
  • 5-6 Green chillies
  • 1 tbsp coriander powder
  • 1 tbsp Garam Masala Powder

To Garnish:

  • 2-3 tbsp cream
  • 1 handful freshly chopped coriander


To make Koftas:

  • Peel and grate the bottle gourd
  • Squeeze out excess water from the grated bottle gourd
  • Add chickpea flours, salt and a little turmeric to the grated bottle gourd
  • Make small roundels and deep fry them on medium heat till golden brown. For a healthier option, you can also air fry the koftas or bake them. And keep them aside.

To make gravy:

  • In a pan, add 2 tbsp ghee or oil.
    Once the oil is hot, add finely chopped onions and saute them till they are golden brown
  • Once the onions are translucent, add tomatoes, ginger garlic paste, green chillis, garam masala, salt to taste, turmeric powder and coriander powder. After 5 minutes add dried fenugreek leaves or kasuri methi leaves (optional)
  • Sate till the oil separates from the masala. Then add water to adjust the consistency of the gravy.
  • Let the gravy come to a boil and then add Koftas to the gravy.
  • Let it simmer for about 10 minutes to allow the Koftas to absorb the gravy and so that the tastes blend well with each other.


  • Garnish with freshly chopped coriander leaves and serve with rice or chapattis. They go really well with parathas too.
  • Add cream to make rich gravy. Add cashew paste for a vegan option.