Lauki Kofta Curry Recipe is a North Indian Curry Recipe made of shredded bottle gourd and goes well with jeera rice or plain rice.
We have a lot of monkeys around the apartment complex that we are staying in now. They stay in a Peepal tree (Bodhi Tree) next to our apartment and all of these monkeys stay there.
They sometimes, come into the apartment complex and create a lot of ruckus. They wreak a lot of havoc, get into kitchens and take vegetables and fruits away destroy the plants that we have in our balcony and jump into the swimming pool and play in the water until somebody drives them away.
But by the time they are driven out of the complex they would have damaged a few things at the least.
Residents keep complaining about the damages they keep doing and just like me, most women in the apartment are fed up of them.
One day I was speaking to Dilip about this and he politely looked at me and said, “Do you realize that we are the ones responsible for all this”?
I asked, “How?”
And he went on to explain that the land where the apartment complex stands, once used to be full of trees. The entire area used to be a jungle with very few people even coming that way.
It was the ideal place for those little beings and all those trees were occupied by them.
But then as urbanization took place, trees were cut and lands were occupied. Houses came up on most of those lands and those poor little things were pushed to a corner and finally they ended up on that one Peepal tree, which too might be cut anyday.
Their numbers started to decline. A lot of them died after getting electrocuted by the high tensions wires around the area and a few are killed by dogs.
That discussion made me think. I was left asking myself, “If we were really co-existing with the other living beings on earth or, if were encroaching their space on the planet”.
I felt as if all this “save the planet” thing was so farce. We weren’t actually wanting to save the planet. Instead we want to save ourselves.
Because we have seen species like those poor little monkeys vanishing from the face of earth because of what we are doing and hence are worried.
A pertinent question that we need to ask ourselves is, “Are we really wanting to save the planet or, is this all to save ourselves?”
This video from George Carlin about “Saving the Planet” made so much sense, and for once I felt pity on those poor little things.
Do let me know your thoughts about the video by commenting below.
Lauki Kofta Curry Recipe – How to Make Bottle Gourd Kofta Curry Recipe
Lauki Kofta Curry Recipe is on of my favorite recipe, just like Banana Kofta curry. In fact all kind of koftas are my favorite, because of the presence of these little dumplings. They taste and feel good in your mouth when you mix and have it with plain rice.
Probably that is why I like “badis” (that’s another kind of little pakoras that are used to make curries). I will show you ow to make some of these recipes in a later post.
Lauki Kofta Curry Recipe - How to Make Bottle Gourd Kofta Curry Recipe
to make lauki koftas
- 2 cups Grated Bottle Gourd ghia, lauki, bottle gourd, opo squash or dudhi
- 4 tbsp Gram Flour besan
- 1/4 tsp Garam Masala Powder
- 1/4 tsp Red Chilli Powder
- Salt to taste
- Oil to deep fry
Ingredients for curry
- 1 Onion finely chopped
- 2 Large Tomatoes roughly chopped
- 2 Green Chilli
- 1 inch Ginger
- 5 pods Garlic crushed
- 1 tsp Cumin Seeds
- 1/2 tsp Red Chilli Powder
- 1/4 tsp Turmeric Powder
- 1 tsp Coriander Powder
- 1/2 tsp Garam Massala Powder
- 2 Bay Leaf
- 1 Black Cardamom
- 1 pcs Cinnamon Stick
- 3 tbsp Chopped Coriander Leaves
- 2 tbsp Oil
- Salt to taste
- Water as needed
Mix coriander powder, red chilli powder, garam masala powder in a small bowl with some water. Set aside.
Roughly chop the tomato, ginger and green chilli and make puree out of it. Set aside.
Rinse and peel the lauki and grate it.
Squeeze the grated lauki and keep it aside. (Do not discard the water as you can use this water for gravy).
Mix gram flour, garam masala, red chilli powder and salt to taste with the grated lauki. Mix everything well.
Now make small round shape balls out of it.
Heat oil in a kadai and deep fry them nicely till they get brown.
Take it out in a plate and set aside.
Remove the extra oil from the frying pan, keep about 2 to 3 tbsp oil in kadhai.
Now heat oil, add cumin seeds to it.
When the seeds starts spluttering add bay leaf, cinnmon stick and black cardamom.
Now add chopped onion, turmeric powder and salt to it. Fry until golden brown.
Add crushed ginger and garlic and fry until the raw smell goes off.
Then add wet masala to it and fry until the raw smell of masala goes off.
Now add tomato puree, stir and continue to fry the masala paste till it starts leaving oil from the sides.
Add the lauki juice and water as needed to the paste.
Stir and simmer for 10 minutes.Now add fried lauki kofta.
Switch off the fire and let them be in the curry for few minutes so that the koftas will become soft.
Garnish with coriander leaves and serve lauki kofta along with hot rotis, naan, jeera rice or plain rice.
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