June 23, 2011

Low Fat Lauki Kofta Curry

I am part of the Blogging Marathon#6, organised by Srivalli.  I chose to blog recipes staring a main ingredient for 7 days. My choice is Bottle Gourd/Sorakkai/Lauki. Lauki is one vegetable, which was not used in my day-to-day cooking. During my hostel days, when this veggie was served, I never tasted it. And we were not allowed to waste any food, that is served on our plate. My room-mate was more than happy to take the lauki curry from my plate. She used to tell so much about the health benefits of lauki and somehow I could not bring myself to like this vegetable.  After moving to Pune, ash gourd/elavan was rarely found with the vegetable vendors in my area. And ash gourd is one of the inevitable veggie when it comes to Palakkad Iyer cuisine. So I started buying lauki to be used in place of elavan for molagootal, avial, morkootan- to name few dishes. So with the blogging marathon, I will try some new recipes where lauki is not used as replacement. 

You need

For Kofta
  • Grated lauki - 1 cup
  • Besan/Kadalamavu - 2 tspn heaped
  • Rice flour - 1 tspn
  • Red chilli powder - 1/2 tspn
  • Salt
  • Cumin powder - 1/2 tspn
  • Amchoor powder -  a big pinch
  • Oil - 1 tblspn

For Gravy

  • Onion - 2 nos, chopped
  • Ginger- 1 "
  • Red chilly - 2 nos
  • Coriander powder - 1 tspn
  • Khus Khus/Poppu seeds - 1/2 tspn
  • Tomato - 1, grated
  • Oil - 1 tblspn
  • Cumin - 1 tspn
  • Curd - 2 tblspn, whipped.
  • Kitchen King Masala - 1 tspn

Mix all the ingredients under kofta in a bowl except oil. I did not squeeze the grated lauki to remove some juice. Divide the lauki mix into 12 balls. If you find it difficult to shape, can add some more besan.  Take the shaped balls on a greased thali and steam cook in pressure cooker for 10 minutes. Remove and cool the koftas. Take a broad based kadai and add a tablespoon of oil. When the oil is hot, place the steamed koftas. Shallow fry till the koftas turn golden brown. Remove the fried koftas. 

In the same kadai, add chopped onion and red chilly. When the onions turn translucent, remove. Grind the onion, red chilly, khus khus, ginger to a coarse paste.  Heat oil in the kadai. Add cumin seeds and when it crackles, add the ground paste. Add coriander powder, salt and grated tomato. Add half cup of water. Let it simmer and turn chick. Stir in the whipped curd and kitchen king masala. Boil for 2 minutes. 

Add koftas just before you serve. Heat the gravy and drop the koftas and serve hot.

Do check out what my fellow marathoners are cooking at the blogging marathon page.


  1. wow looks super delicious. Even I am not a very big fan of bottlegourd but started using it after we move to Delhi. As u said, i replace this for elavan

  2. Wow,adorable recipe.Completely new to me..Rich and creamy lauki..bright idea.

  3. Bottle gourd is one of my fav veggies...and steaming is a nice way to prepare koftas..as we can eat it without guilt. I make koftas using the appam pan. The curry looks fab.

  4. lovely recipe. love this kofta curry.

  5. Seriously am drooling over that bolw, makes me hungry..

  6. wow! I make this in the paniyaram pan and we sure like it!

  7. Thats a delicious and invtiing kofta curry, even i stopped deepfrying koftas now,thats a brilliant idea of steam cooking and shallow frying..

  8. You have chose quite a challenging ingredient! I am only warming up with country vegetables now! I had an aversion to them before. This kofta curry looks fantastic!

  9. Sounds to be a healthy kofta masala to me. Nice way to eat vegetables in a lovely gravy..... YUM!

  10. Lauki kofta has been on my list for years now and somehow have not been able to prepare it.
    Your version looks yummy.

  11. steaming seems to be a very good and a new option to make low fat versions..good one..

  12. Delicious looking kofta curry. Wonderful dish.

    Hamaree Rasoi

  13. Lauki koftas look awesome. Steaming and shallow frying is such a cool idea. They look delicious.

  14. Like you, I haven't cooked with lauki to date. Now that you've said it tastes like elavan, I might buy it and try. The kofta looks delicious.

  15. Bottle gourds are truly nutritive and I wonder why in Tambram and PI cooking they are a 'No-No'-s! Same here too I have to replace these for any of those veggies like ash gourd and the chow chow too.
    The koftas have been steamed to perfection and the gravy looks inviting!

  16. wowee i made this last week in a similar fashion n my hubby n me both of us liked it.. i shd hv tried with curry..its perfect..

  17. I loved this recipe and thought of trying...low fat version sounds like an excellent idea! Will have to try this way!

  18. I make this curry once a month but never thought of steaming the Lauki kofta. will give it a try now.

  19. One of my favorite ways to cook lauki. looks delicious.

  20. Healthy alternative recipe!

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  21. Jayasree, I enjoyed reading all your 7 different ways to make this simple vegetable!..thank you for taking part in BM!


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