Recipe for a Creamy Kofta Curry ~ Bottle Gourd Dumplings in a Cashew Gravy

This is a curry that can please even the one with the staunchest dislike for bottle gourd. It is also a bonus that the koftas are not deep fried but can be ‘fried’ in an appam chatti. So there you go, you can actually afford to have almonds and cashews in the gravy, cos you saved all those calories by not deep frying the koftas, plus the cream is substituted for with milk – skimmed milk in my case! This is a curry that can come together real fast if you can multitask. if you dont like to have one eye on the koftas and one on the gravy, then it will take you a little more time. It will be worth the effort tho.

Creamy Kofta Curry

For the Koftas

2 cups grated bottle gourd (grate, sprinkle a bit of salt and place in a colander to drain for about 20 mins. Press out the water with the back of a round spoon)

2-3 tablespoons of chickpea flour

salt to taste

1/2 teaspoon grated ginger or 1/3 teaspoon ginger paste

1/2 – 1 teaspoon red chilly powder

2-3 tablespoons fresh coriander, chopped fine

a pinch of asafetida

1/4 teaspoon of cumin powder

1/2 teaspoon coriander powder

Put all of the ingredients together and mix with a spoon into a thick batter. it should look and feel like muffin batter, which should allow you to drop it into the appam chatti with two spoons. Heat the appam chatti, put a few drops of oil in each of the depressions. Spoon in one tablespoon of batter into each depression and cook till golden brown. Turn over and fry on the other side as well. You can drizzle a few drops of oil if needed. Set aside and cool. Add to the prepared gravy and serve with hot parathas, roti or pulav.

For the Creamy Gravy

8 whole almonds, soaked in warm water about 10 minutes and skinned

1-2 green chillies

1 large onion, chopped

1 tomato, chopped

a pinch of turmeric

2 teaspoons of poppy seeds (khus khus / gasa gasalu) soaked in warm water for 15 minutes, drained

salt to taste

1/2 teaspoon coriander powder

1/4 teaspoon cumin powder

1/2 teaspoon ginger garlic paste

1/2 cup milk

fresh coriander to garnish

1 teaspoon oil

Grind all the ingredients listed above except the milk and coriander leaves to a thick paste, add 1/2 cup water. Heat the oil in a pan, add the paste to this, add another 1/2 cup of water and bring to a boil (about 3-4 minutes). Turn down the heat and simmer for 5 minutes. Check for salt and adjust. Add the milk and stir well, heating through but not boiling. Add the fried koftas, gently mix. Garnish with fresh corainder leaves and serve hot with parathas, roti or pulav.

If making ahead, do not put the koftas into the gravy. store separately, heat the gravy a few minutes before serving, arrange the koftas into the serving bowl, pour the gravy over it and let stand about 5 minutes before serving. This makes for a nice party dish or a dish to take for a pot luck.

12 Comments Add yours

  1. Swati says:

    hey, i tried this recipe yesterday and it turned out absolutely yummy! the koftas were just right and soft without disintegrating and the gravy was thick, creamy and satisfying.

  2. Oh my God! that looks Amazing. I make this too and the first time I made it no one wanted to believe it was meatless :). Beautiful blog!

  3. Sra says:

    It looks great! Once someone gave me these koftas to try and asked me to guess what they were, I said they were minced meat, not realising they were vegetarians.

  4. Aparna says:

    Love this so much. Can you believe its been a couple of years since I last made it?
    Seem to be losing my interest in cooking these days. šŸ˜¦

  5. Sanjeeta kk says:

    Looks creamy and tempting to try.

  6. Adelina says:

    Very interesting- love the creamyness in it!

  7. Cynthia says:

    My dear Auntie Betty used to make this because my uncle loved it so much.

    I like the kofta by itself šŸ™‚

  8. G.pavani says:

    oh! looking yummy n delicious

  9. shanthi says:

    Its absolutely creamy and the picture is wonderful

  10. Rupa says:

    Yum Yum…Anu…and all the praise is extremely worthy….see you made kofta’s simple too ….will try this as always….

  11. samriti says:

    will try this too… thanks anu…

  12. Arundathi says:

    the picture looks amazing!!!

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