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    As a teenager I was always interested in “special” cooking…which involved some amount of work. Regular cooking never interested me then. Another intention was to surprise my family members on the dining table. So whenever I got in mood for some cooking, I used to drive everyone off from the kitchen. I remember making Lauki ka Kofta then and it came out delicious. This is the same recipe for Lauki ka Kofta with  inclusions like paneer and raisin made as per suggestion from my mom. You have to try it :)

    Lauki / bottleguard – 1 medium sized
    Onions – 2 nos (medium)
    Tomato – 2 nos (big)
    Bread crumbs – made from 4-5 slices
    Gramflour / besan – 1 tsp
    Chilli powder – ½ tsp
    Garam masala – 1 pinch
    Coriander leaves – 1 tbsp (chopped)
    Pudina / mint leaves – 1 tbsp (chopped)
    Paneer / cottage cheese – 5 tbsp (mashed)
    Fresh cream – 3-4 tbsp
    Salt to taste
    Water – 1 cup
    Oil – 2 tbsp
    Cumin seeds – 1tsp
    Chilli powder – 1.5 tsp
    Turmeric powder – ¼ tsp
    Coriander powder – ½ to ¾ tsp
    Dry mango powder – 1 tsp (optional)
    Sugar – ¼ tsp

    For Kofta

    1. Grate the bottleguard and add bread crumbs and gramflour to it
    2. Add salt, chilli powder, garam masala, coriander and mint leaves and mix to get tight dough. Be careful with salt as the gravy already has some salt.
    3. Make balls, flatten and fill it with mashed paneer / Khoya and 1 rainsin in centre before resealing it
    4. Deep fry the balls (koftas)

    For gravy

    1. Grind to a smooth paste onion and tomato
    2. Heat oil in a wok and add cumin seeds and once it leaves aroma add the ground paste
    3. Fry well on low heat. Keep sprinkling water in between while frying.
    4. Add chilli powder, turmeric powder, coriander powder, dry mango powder,salt and sugar and stir well.
    5. Add water and let it boil.
    6. Now add the koftas and turn of the burner.
    7. Tip in dollops of fresh cream and garnish with coriander leaves
    8. Serve hot Kofta with with Indian bread (chappati) or rice

    Till next time…..happy cooking!

    Posted by Priya Q @ 9:00 am

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  • 2 Responses

    • Fleur says:

      i tried it and it doesnt taste good,,,,maybe u shud try frying onions and then crushing it…tht may work…

    • Priya Q says:

      hi fleur… did you fry the onion and tomato paste well? till you get an aroma…and till you saw bubbles of oil ? …..before proceeding? that’s the only problem I can see…

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