Bottle Gourd and Carrot Kofta

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Bottle Gourd and Carrot Kofta

Posted By : Aparna Prakash

Blog Link   : http://squaremeals.blogspot.com/

Cooking Time

: 45 mins

Preparation Time

: 20 mins


: 2


: Veg

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For Kofta Grated bottle gourd – 1 cup (approx) Grated carrot – ¼ cup (approx) Salt – 1 tsp + more to taste Chili powder to taste Besan (gram flour) as required Oil for deep frying For Gravy Tomato – 1 (large) Chopped onion – ½ cup Chopped red bell pepper – ½ cup (optional) Garlic – 1 clove Garam masala – 1 tsp Turmeric powder – 1 tsp Chili powder to taste Salt to taste Coriander/cilantro for garnish Oil


Add 1 tsp of salt to the grated vegetables and keep aside for 10 minutes. The salt will bring out all the water content in the bottle gourd. Squeeze out all the excess water and keep aside (this can be used in the gravy of the curry or to knead the dough for your chappathis). Add a little more salt and chili powder to the vegetables. Add the besan and incorporate well to form a sticky mixture. The bottle gourd will keep absorbing the besan, so add just enough to ensure that a ball made of the mixture will hold its shape. Heat oil in a deep vessel. Once it is hot, deep fry the koftas and drain on a paper towel. Heat a tablespoon of oil in a pan and add the garlic. Sauté for a minute and add the chopped onion. Sauté until the onions are tender and add the chopped tomato and bell pepper (if using), turmeric powder, chili powder and salt. Cover and allow to simmer until tomatoes are cooked and mushy. Remove from the heat and blend into a smooth mixture. Return to the pan and allow to simmer and thicken a little. Add the garam masala and turn off the heat. When you are ready to serve, place the koftas in a serving bowl and pour the hot gravy over it. Garnish with cilantro leaves and serve hot with chappathis or rice. Bon Appétit. Note: A shortcut for the gravy – I used ¾ can of V8 low sodium vegetable juice, which has a tomato base. To that I added a blended mixture of cooked onions and red bell pepper and the remaining ingredients.

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