Koftas in lauki kofta curry / doodhi kofta curry most of the time turns hard and sometimes they are raw from inside . So to make veg koftas soft you have to follow some frying tricks and use right ingredients to make this recipe perfect .
Tips for making soft vegetable (lauki (doodhi)/ cabbage) koftas -
- Add grated potatoes or grated paneer to make koftas soft . Adding finely chooped onion in kofta also makes it soft (well it’s optional if you don’t want to add onions to it)
- Fry koftas first on high flame and then on low flame until it turns brown and all the frothy part in oil disappears and koftas becomes crispy .don’t fry it on high flame if you’re in hurry, it will remain raw from inside and brown from outside, rather than that decrease the size of koftas so it will take less time to get cooked.
- If you will remove koftas before it gets cooked, it will remain hard from inside when you will add it in curry.
- Don’t throw vegetable juice while making kofta . I saw many people throwing lauki/ doodhi juice while making lauki ka kofta actually it’s like completely removing the nutrition from that vegetable. Potatoes and besan (chickpea flour) which we add while making kofta will soak all water coming out of the vegetable you’re using in it.
I mostly make doohi/lauki koftas , raw banana potatoes koftas, cabbage koftas , mix vegetable koftas for my kofta curry .
Once you make koftas you can add it in any curry of your choice. You can add koftas in
- Tomato onion curry
- Dry fruits curry
- Coconut curry
- Coconut onion curry
This time I have used my coconut onion curry recipe for lauki /doodhi (bottle gourd) kofta curry.This recipe I have also used in my tofu recipe of spicy tofu coconut curry . You can eat lauki kofta curry with rice /roti /chapatti.
For lauki/doodhi kofta
- 2 cups grated lauki / doodhi /bottle gourd
- ½ cup grated boiled potato
- ¾ cup besan (chickpea flour)
- ½ cup grated paneer (optional)
- 1tablespoon finely chopped onion
- 1 teaspoon red chili powder
- ½ teaspoon turmeric powder
- 1 teaspoon coriander powder
- 1 teaspoon salt
- Oil for frying koftas
- 2 medium size onions finely chopped
- ¾ cup grated dry coconut
- ½ inch ginger
- 7-8 garlic cloves
- ½ teaspoon oil for roasting onion and coconut
- 3 teaspoon oil for curry
- 2 teaspoon red chili powder
- 1 teaspoon turmeric powder
- 2 teaspoon coriander powder
- 1 teaspoon garam masala
- Mix all the ingredients to make kofta except oil and make small balls of it.
- Fry the koftas on high flame for 1 minute and then on low flame until it turns brown & crispy.
- Roast onion with ½ teaspoon of oil until it becomes light brown, now add grated dry coconut to it and roast until the coconut also become light brown remove it from flame and add ginger garlic to it and make fine paste of it. This is the coconut onion paste for curry
- Heat 3 teaspoon of mustard oil or groundnut oil in a pan and add cumin seeds to it .then add the coconut onion paste to it and sauté it unil it becomes very dry and starts releasing oil from it . now add red chili powder ,coriander powder, turmeric powder& garam masala to it …your dry curry mixture is ready
- Add 3 cups of water in dry curry mixture and let it boil. Add fried koftas in this boiling gravy and boil it for 2- 3 minutes close the lid and remove it from flame
- Kofta curry taste best after 2 – 3 hours of cooking. Make it warm in microwave or heat it on gas stove and serve it with rice / chapatti / roti
If u want to make kofta curry recipe healthy dont fry the koftas in place of that roast it and add it into the curry of your choice.