Dudhi Kofta

(Serves 4)

4 green chillies
1 inch ginger
250 grams dudhi/bottle gourd
100 grams bread crumbs
½ teaspoon turmeric powder
½ teaspoon chilli powder
125 grams chickpea flour/besan
2 cups oil for frying koftas
2 onions
1 tomato, puréed
½ teaspoon coriander/dhaniya powder
½ teaspoon cumin/jeera powder
½ teaspoon garam masala
½ teaspoon sugar
1 cup fresh coriander for koftas and garnishing salt to taste


Grind green chillies and ginger to make a paste.
Grate dudhi. Add and mix breadcrumbs, turmeric and chilli powders, half the quantity of green chilli and ginger paste and salt. Add coriander and mix. Add a little besan and make one-inch koftas.
Do not leave the mixture standing for long as it will release water. Heat oil and fry koftas till golden brown.

Chop onion roughly and make coarse paste in the blender.
Heat 2 teaspoons oil and sauté onion paste till light brown. Add tomato purée, remaining chilli-ginger paste, dhaniya and jeera powders, garam masala and salt.
Add water to gravy as required.
Boil for 2 minutes then sprinkle sugar. Pour over the koftas
Garnish with coriander.