Lauki /Ghiya / Bottle Guard Kofta
Preparation time: 10 minutes
Cooking time: 40 minutes
Serves : 5-6
- 750 gms lauki /ghiya / bottle gourd
- 1/2 cup of besan / gram flour
- 1/2 tsp of red chilli powder
- 1/4 tsp hing / asafetida
- 1/4 tsp carom seeds/ Ajwain
- 1/2 tsp of salt /or salt to taste
- 12 kishmish pieces
- Oil for deep frying
- 3 medium size onions, cut in to small pieces
- 4 medium size tomatoes, chopped
- 1/4 tsp turmeric powder
- 2 tbsp of coriander powder
- 1/2 tsp red chilli powder (adjust to taste)
- 2/3 tsp Salt / or salt to taste
- 1 tbsp fresh coriander leaves, finely chopped for garnishing
- 2 tbsp of oil
- 12 Cashews, powdered
- 1/2 cup plain curd/yogurt
- 2 tbsp Olive oil
For the Koftas:
Take the bottle gourd / lauki and peel it and grate it fine.Squeeze out the excess water and put the lauki in to a mixing bowl . Add the chilli powder, salt, Ajwain, besan and hing, mix well .
Make small lemon-sized balls with this mixture and make a small dent with yor thumb in the center to place a kishmish close it up and make the ball smooth.
Heat the oil in a frying pan.On medium hot flame, fry the koftas until golden brown all over. keep turning to cook evenly.
Drain and keep aside.
For the Gravy:
Heat oil in a pan add add the chopped onions.When onions turn translucent and starts to turn light golden brown , add the turmeric powder, coriander, chilli powder and salt.
Fry for two three minutes,until the masala is well cooked and fragrant and is blended well with the onions .
Add the tomatoes and about 1/2 cup of water.Bring to boil and simmer until the tomatoes are soft (about ten minutes). Cool the mixture to room temperature.
Puree this mixture in a blender and return to the pan. Bring to boil, and add the cashew powder and whisked yogurt . Mix well, adjust salt if required.
Remove from fire. Over cooking at this stage, after adding the yogurt is not recommended.Over cooking will spoil the texture of the gravy.
Add gently the koftas into the gravy and let it sit for half an hour or so before serving. Serve hot garnished with coriander leaves with all Indian breads.
Health benefits of bottle gourd/lauki:
This South Asian bottle gourd is bottle shaped, light green and long. The flesh inside is spongy. Bottle gourd or lauki is over 90% water therefore it is easy to digest.
It contains many vitamins and minerals, such as, calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, Vitamin A, C and folate.
It is extremely popular for weight loss. Especially the bottle gourd or lauki juice.
Bottle gourd is extremely popular for reducing high blood pressure and keeping your heart healthy
Lauki or bottle gourd is known to combat excessive thirst in diabetic patients.
The fiber and the minerals in the bottle gourd or lauki supports healthy digestion and combats flatulence and combats constipation.
Bottle gourd is recommended by Ayurvedic doctors for reducing liver inflammation.
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