I have been trying out low fat koftas with different combinations and when I saw this recipe here , thought it would be interesting to make koftas out of lauki. Incidentally Bottle gourd/Lauki happens to be a great detoxifying vegetable. The juice of a bottle gourd consumed early in the morning is supposed to be very good. The same and many different aspects of this vegetable are discussed here.

Lauki Kofta Curry

For Koftas - 

Bottle Gourd/Lauki/Sorrakaya Grated 1.5 cups
Onion finely chopped 1/4 cup
Besan/Chick Pea Flour/Senaga Pindi 5-6 Tbsp or more
Rice Flour 1 Tbsp
Salt as per taste
Mirchi Powder 1/4 tsp
Coriander leaves finely chopped 2 Tbsp
Jeera Powder 3/4 tsp
Vaamu/Ajwain Powdered 1 tsp

Other Flavors -

Turmeric 1/4 tsp
Dhania Jeera Powder 1 tsp (or as desired)
Amchur Powder 1/2 tsp (or as per taste)
Mirchi Powder 1/4 tsp (or as desired)
Garam Masala 1/2 tsp (or as desired)
Salt as per taste

For Gravy - 

Onion chopped 1 cup
Tomato Chopped 1 cup
Mixed Nuts (Almonds,Cashews,Walnuts) 3 Tbsp
Ginger-Garlic Paste 1-2 tsp

Seasoning (Oil 2 tsp, Jeera 1/2 tsp)

Method Of Preparation - 

Peel the Lauki and finely grate it. I chose a tender one so didn't have to remove the seeds.

Squeeze out the water from the grated Bottle gourd and keep the water aside.

In a mixing bowl, add the grated bottle gourd, and the rest of the ingredients listed under 'for koftas' and mix well to form a stiff dough. Add more flour if needed.

Make small koftas and cook them in a paniyaram pan (ponganala penam, abelskiver ) adding a few drops of oil if required.

Cook all the koftas and keep them aside. I could make about 14 koftas. 

Saute onions and tomatoes and grind them with the dry nuts to make a smooth paste.

In a sauce pan, add oil and add jeera and saute until jeera changes color.

Add the gravy paste and cook till oil oozes out. Add a little water if required.

Add the remaining powders and adjust the taste and consistency of the gravy.

Add the koftas to the gravy just before serving and garnish with beaten curd or coriander leaves.

Preparation Time 1 hr
Serves 4 Adults
Posted by Harini on Wednesday, January 26, 2011


  1. aipi Says:
  2. Healthy looking koftas.Very nice seasoning of the masala.

    US Masala

  3. Yummy & creamy Dumplings sauce, Invitng click

  4. I make this very often..looks really yumm

  5. Sharmi Says:
  6. nice curry, looks fat free in pan:) drooling pic!

  7. Priya Suresh Says:
  8. Low fat version lauki kofta curry makes me hungry..

  9. Umm Mymoonah Says:
  10. Healthy and delicious kofta curry

  11. Unknown Says:
  12. Bookmarked, looks super delicious.

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