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Lauki Kofta Curry | Vegan Meatballs in Indian style

This is a vegetable meatballs recipe made with bottle gourd cooked in Indian style and in Indian curry. This is a quick and healthy vegan meatball recipe.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Total Time40 mins
Course: Main Dish, Sabzi & Curry
Cuisine: Indian, North Indian, world
Keyword: Indian Curry, Low-carb Recipe, Vegan Meatballs, Vegan Recipes
Servings: 4 Servings
Author: Ipsa Faujdar



For Kofta or meatballs

  • 2 cup Lauki / bottle gourd peeled & grated
  • 3/4 - 1 cup Chickpea flour or gram flour
  • 1/2 small Onion finely chopped
  • 1 tsp Ginger Garlic Paste (freshly crushed)
  • 1/2 tsp Salt or as per taste
  • 1 tsp Coriander Powder
  • 1 tsp Red Chilli Powder

For Curry Gravy


  • Grate the peeled lauki and add a pinch of salt. Let it rest for 5 minutes.
  • Then squeeze out excess water with the help of a sieve and muslin cloth.
  • Take 1 cup of besan/ gram flour in a mixing bowl. Add grated lauki, finely chopped ginger, garlic, green chillies, salt, coriander powder and red chilli powder. Mix all ingredients well.
  • No need to add extra water as lauki contains enough water to make the mixture moist.
  • We need a mixture of dough consistency to make balls.
  • Heat oil in a deep frying pan on medium to high flame.
  • Once oil is hot, drop ball sized mixture into oil.
  • Deep fry till the balls changed their color to golden brown.
  • Keep flame in medium-high heat as on high flame the outer side will get over brown while the inner part will still remain uncooked.
  • Take out the fried lauki balls and place on a tissue to remove excess oil.
  • Take another frying pan. Heat 4 tbsp refined oil.
  • Add 1 tsp cumin seed and let it crackle. Then add chopped ginger-garlic, green chili and sauté till onions cooked translucent.
  • Add chopped tomatoes and sauté till cooked soft.
  • Add all dry spices (coriander powder, cumin powder, turmeric powder, red chilli powder) to the pan and sauté.
  • Add 1 cup of water to it and mix well. Season with salt. Add crushed Kasuri methi powder.
  • Keep it on high flame. Let it simmer for 5 mins or till little thicker consistency.
  • Remove from heat once the gravy is cooked completely. Then add the lauki koftas (dumplings/ meatballs) to the gravy and cover with the lid.
  • Once done sprinkle garam masala, mix well and garnish with coriander leaves and serve with any flatbreads or rice.