Vegan Meatless Meatballs | Lauki Kofta Recipe
200g bottle gourd peeled & grated
70g bengal gram flour
1-inch piece ginger
3 to 4 garlic (optional)
1- medium size onion
¼ + ¼ tsp cumin powder
¼ + ¼ tsp turmeric powder
1/2 tsp coriander powder
¼ + ½ tsp red chilli powder
¼ + ¼ tsp garam masala
5 to 6 cashew nuts
1/2 tsp cumin seeds
100 ml tomato puree
½ cup water
Salt to taste
Oil for frying
Peel, remove the seeds & grate the bottle gourd. Add salt and set aside.
Squeeze out all excess water from the bottle gourd and save the squeezed water for later use.
In a bowl, add grated bottle gourd, bengal gram flour, chilli powder, turmeric powder, garam masala, cumin powder and mix well.
Make small lemon-sized balls with the dough & drop them in hot oil.
Keep the flame to medium & fry them until golden brown
Now the koftas are ready, keep them aside.
Gravy for the Kofta:
Grind the garlic, ginger cashew nuts and onion without adding water keep that aside
Heat 1 tbsp oil and add cumin seeds, when they splutter, add 1 /2 tsp chilli powder and ¼ tsp turmeric powder.
Keep the flame low & mix. Then add grounded onion paste cook for 2 mins.
Add ½ tsp coriander powder, ¼ tsp garam masala and ¼ tsp cumin powder. Mix well.
Add 100 ml tomato puree, water from bottle gourd & salt and water mix well.
Cover & cook for 5 mins, drop the kofta balls into the gravy and cook for 2 more mins.
Garnish with some fresh coriander & let it sit for 30 mins before serving.