Lauki kofta (Bottle gourd balls)

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Ingredients:

* Bottle gourd-2 cups (grated)
* Gramflour-1-2 tbsp
* Ginger-garlic paste-1 tsp
* Onion paste-2 cups
* Onion-1 tbsp (finely chopped)
* Tomato paste-1 cup
* Green chilli paste-1 tsp
* Green chilli-1 tsp (finely chopped)
* Cumin seed-1 tsp
* Turmeric powder-1-2 tsp
* Salt-to taste
* Coriander powder-1 tbsp
* Cumin powder-1/2 tsp
* Black pepper powder-1/4 tsp
* Garam masala-1/4 tsp
* Bay leaf-1
* Green cardamom-2
* Cloves-2
* Cinnamon-1″stick
* Oil-for deep frying
* Coriander leaves-for garnish (finely chopped)

Method:

-> Take grated bottle gourd in a bowl and add a pinch of salt to it, mix and keep aside for 5-10 minutes.
-> Now squeeze out all the water from the bottle gourd and salt mixture.
-> Now add salt (yes, again) to the mixture, a pinch of turmeric powder and the chopped onion-green chillies.
-> Sprinkle little gramflour at a time till you get the proper binding.
-> Make balls.
-> Now in a wok, heat oil and deep fry these balls till golden brown.
-> Take out on a tissue paper or kitchen towel.
-> Take out excess oil from the wok (we need oil just to make the gravy now).
-> Add in cumin seeds, when it crackles add bayleaf, cardamom, cloves and cinnamon.
-> Now add onion paste it in. Fry for 2-3 minutes.
-> Add ginger-garlic paste and green chilli paste.
-> Now add turmeric powder, coriander powder, cumin powder, black pepper powder. Fry till it leaves oil.
-> Now add tomato paste and salt to it. Cook for 3-4 minutes.
-> Now add garam masala and water.
-> When water starts to boil, add the balls.
-> Cook for 2-3 minutes and turn off the stove. Cover it with a lid and let it seat for around 10 minutes before serving.

Garnish with finely chopped coriander leaves. All ready to be served with jeera rice/plain rice/paratha/roti 🙂

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