Saturday, January 26, 2008

Bottle gourd/doodhi/ghiya kofta curry

Bottle gourd/ doodhi is very good for health but my husband is not very fond of it. This is a typical north indian recipe which my mom ould make regularly when we were ypunger. I generally avoid it bcos the koftas are deep fried but it tastes great with rotis. I plan to try this recipe with steamed koftas.


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Bottlegourd/doodhi Kofta curry
For the Kofta :
½ of small bottlegourd/doodhi/ghiya grated
2-3 tblsp chick pea flour/besan
1 green chili
1 tblsp coriander leaves chopped
1 tsp red chili powder
1 tsp coriander powder
½ tsp turmeric powder
Salt to taste
Oil to deep fry

For the curry:
1 tblsp oil
1 tsp cumin seeds
1 medium sized onion grated
1 tsp ginger grated
1 tsp garlic grated
2 tomatoes grated
½ tp turmeric powder
1 tsp red chili powder
2 tsp coriander powder
½ tsp garam masala powder
Salt to taste
Coriander leaves chopped

For the Koftas

Peel the bottle gourd. Grate it and squeeze it to remove the water. Add all the ingredients for the koftas and make a thick batter. Add the water that you squeezed as required. The batter should be quite thick.

Heat oil. Then add spoonfuls of batter to make koftas and deep fry on medium heat. Fry till golden in color and drain on a paper.

For the gravy
Heat 1 tblsp oil. Add cumin seeds. When they change color, add the grated onion. Fry till the onion is golden brown in color.
Add the ginger garlic and fry for a minute.
Add turmeric powder, red chili and coriander powder and fry for a min.
Add the grated tomatoes and fry till the oil separates and the masala is nicely cooked.

Add a little water and salt cook for 5 more mins. Add the fried koftas, garam masala and cook for 3-4 mins. Remove from heat and garnish with coriander leaves.


meeso said...

This does look very good, if only frying was healthy...wouldn't that be great!

Seema said...

Koftas r great! Love them. Deep frying - yes its bad, but as long as its once in a while should be ok i guess...

vimmi said...

I know Meeso and Seema,

But we have reduced our consumption of deep fried foods like bahjiyas samosas etc. So i guess once in a while is ok. and that too as a veg

Shankari said...

anything fried is comfort food for me..alas..I dont make it too often. yours looks so yum, I shall consider it healthy :)

Siri said...

The kofta curry looks awesome Vimmi..:)

~ Siri

vimmi said...

Hi Shakari,
Since the kpftas are made out of doohi, i consider it healthy too LOL

Thanks Siri

Archy said...

Wow.. Great kofta.. unique.. !! Love them !!