Lauki Kofta Curry Recipe | How To Make Lauki Ke Kofte | Dudhi Kofta Curry

Lauki Kofta Curry Recipe | How To Make Lauki Ke Kofte | Dudhi kofta Curry

Lauki Kofta Curry is a popular Indian lunch/dinner recipe, made up of a luscious onion-tomato gravy, dunked with deep-fried bottle gourd koftas.

Now bottle gourd, or lauki, or as it is known in some parts of the country, 'ghia' or 'dudhi', is a very healthy vegetable, with high water content. It aids in digestion, prevents constipation, reduces inflammation, and promotes weight loss.

But, despite its multiple health benefits, a lot of people don't like to eat it because of its "plain-Jane" watery taste. Some even refer to it as "bimaaron waala khana" (or the food of sick people)!

Perhaps, that is the reason why this lauki kofta curry recipe was invented. To somehow get all those lauki-haters eat this healthy vegetable! LOL!

I, personally, prefer the normal lauki ki sabji any day over this kofta curry, mainly because of the oil content, as the koftas are deep fried. But, you can definitely treat yourself to such sinful stuff once in a while, can't you? :P

So here's my step-by-step recipe for making this lauki kofta curry, or these ghia or dudhi ke kofte at home.

How To Make Lauki Ke Kofte | Dudhi Kofta Recipe


2 cups peeled and grated lauki (bottle gourd)
1 tbsp grated ginger
1 finely chopped green chilli
2 tbsp finely chopped green coriander
4 tbsp besan (gram flour)
1/2 tsp red chilli powder
salt to taste
oil for deep frying


  • Mix 1 tsp salt in the peeled and grated lauki, and set aside for 10 minutes. It leaves all excess water with the salt. Squeeze this water out into a bowl and keep it aside.
  • Add all the remaining ingredients, except oil, to this grated lauki, and mix well. (Pic 1 in collage)
  • Make small balls or oblong patties of this mixture. (Pic 2 in collage)
  • Heat the oil for frying in a deep wok (kadhai).
  • When the oil is completely hot, gently drop the kofta balls/patties in it one-by-one (Pic 3 in collage), and fry them till evenly golden brown. (Pic 4 in collage)
  • Remove from kadhai on paper napkins/tissues, to absorb excess oil. (Pic 5 in collage)

Lauki Kofta Curry Recipe | How To Make Lauki Ke Kofte | Dudhi kofta Curry
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How To Make Curry For Lauki Ke Kofte | Lauki Kofta Recipe


1 large onion roughly chopped
2 medium sized tomatoes roughly chopped
1 green chilli roughly chopped
4-5 cloves garlic, peeled and roughly chopped
1 inch ginger piece, peeled and roughly chopped
[Optional: You can also use ready-made ginger-garlic paste instead of fresh ginger & garlic]
1 tsp jeera (cumin seeds)
2 pieces elaichi (cardamom)
2 pieces kali mirch (black pepper kernels)
2 pieces laung (clove)
1/2 inch piece daal-chini (cinnamon)
1 piece badi elachi (black cardamom)
[Optional: You can also use ready-made garam masala powder, but I like to add fresh spices in the gravy]
1/2 tsp red chilli powder
1/2 tsp turmeric powder
2 tsp coriander powder
salt to taste
1 cup water


  • Blend all the ingredients except salt and water until it forms a thick paste. [Note: You may add a little water if absolutely necessary for blending.]
  • Remove all the oil left in the kadhai, leaving behind just about 1.5 to 2 tbsp.
  • Heat it, then add the blended onion-tomato paste. [Note: It will splutter if you added too much water while blending.]
  • Fry this paste for about 8-10 minutes, until it starts to leave oil from the sides.
  • Add salt, water, and the lauki juice kept aside earlier. Mix well.
  • Add the fried koftas. Add some more water if the gravy is too thick.
  • Allow to simmer for about 10 minutes, then take off from heat.
  • Allow koftas to marinate in the gravy for at least an hour before serving.
  • Garnish with freshly chopped coriander leaves.


  • Serve hot with fresh chapatis or naan.
    [Note: Keep the curry thick in this case.]
  • Serve with green peas pulao, or jeera rice, or simply plain boiled rice.
    [Note: Add little more water and salt to the curry if serving with rice.]

Lauki Kofta Curry Recipe | How To Make Lauki Ke Kofte | Dudhi kofta Curry
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That's it. Your delicious homemade Lauki Kofta Curry is ready!

Instead of lauki, you can also make koftas of paneer (cottage cheese), or mixed vegetables (especially in winters), or even boiled potatoes or raw bananas.

And you can add chopped cashewnuts to the ingredients you blend for the gravy. It gives a thicker texture and adds a rich flavour. You can also add some fresh cream or milk cream to make the curry creamier.

If you try out this Lauki Kofta Curry, do let me know how it turned out.

If you make this any differently, please share in the comments below. I would love to learn new styles.

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Shilpa Garg said...

I love Lauki though my boys hate it big time. I like the regular version and boiled with just a hint of spices as well. Kofte, I do make occasionally. I like the shape of your koftas. I usually make round ones :D

Boisterous Bee said...

I love lauki kofte. I was one of the kids who never liked lauki ki sabzi but devoured every bite of kofta! You know I've never made the kofta myself. Was never confident about it, honestly.

And now, reading this recipe, I really think I can make it. And I am going to give it a try on Monday mostly!

So thanks for sharing!


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