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Lazeez Lauki

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Quantity Measure Ingredients Description
1 Kilogram Bottle Gourd (Lauki) Kofta
1/2 Teacup Flour, Gram /Chana Ata Kofta
  As Required Salt Kofta: to taste
2 Medium Chillies Green Kofta: chopped
1 Inch Ginger (Adhrak) Kofta: grated
2 Tablespoon Coriander Leaves (Kothmeer) Kofta:Gravy: washed and finely chopped
  As Required Cooking Oil Kofta: for deep frying
1 Nos. Bay Leaves (Tejpatta) (Dry Cinnamon Leaf) Gravy:
1/2 Teaspoon Jeera (Cumin Seeds) Gravy
2 Teaspoon Ginger Garlic Paste Gravy
4 Large Chillies Red Dry Gravy:
2 Medium Onions Gravy:: sliced, chopped
3 Medium Tomatoes Gravy:: finely chopped
1 Teaspoon Coriander Powder Gravy:
1/2 Teaspoon Turmeric Powder Gravy:
1/2 Teaspoon Chilly Powder, Red Gravy:
1/2 Teaspoon Garam-Masala Gravy:


TO MAKE THE BALLS ( koftas )

1. wash , peel and grate the bottle gourd .
2. mix half a tea spoon salt and keep aside for 30 min .
3. squeeze to drain excess water .
4. take a big bowl, put besan (gram flour), finely chopped green chilli , corriander leaves ( chopped ), grated ginger, salt. And now mix well to make a dough. Use little water if required.
5. divide this dough into 15 equal portions
6. using your palm give shape to the portions into balls. you can use little oil on your palm.
7 heat oil in a non stick pan which should be deep.
8 when the oil is hot then put the balls and on a slow fire fry them till golden brown and crisp. Cooking on slow sim fire is necessary to let them cook from inside also.
9. drain the balls out and keep them aside till the gravy is ready.


1. heat oil in a nonstick pan. add bay leaf
2. put cumin seeds, ginger garlic paste. dries red chillies ( optional )
3. now add onions ( as mentioned finely chopped )
4. saute onions till golden brown
5. now add the finely chopped tomatoes
6. fry them till oil separates from tomatoes this is a key to know that tomatoes are fried
7. now add turmeric powder, corriander powder, red chilli powder and salt.
8 . mix well saute little bit for about 30 seconds
9. add 3 cups water
10. let the water boil
11. cook for about 5 min
12. to make the gravy rich and creamy you can add 2 tablespoons of fresh cream ( optional )
13. now add the fried balls ( koftas )
14. after adding the balls add corriander leaves (chopped) and sprinkle the garam masala
15. just cook for another 5 min on a slow fire   and serve hot.   

The bottle gourd or 'Lauki' is a popular vegetable of the summer season. It has cooling properties owing to its high water content. The Lazeez Lauki or literally 'delicious' gourd is prepared whole. Stuffed with khoya and nuts in a lightly spiced gravy.

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