Bottle Gourd Kofta Curry || Suraikkai Kofta Curry

Yields: 6 Servings Difficulty: Difficult Prep Time: 25 Mins Cook Time: 30 Mins Total Time: 55 Mins

Rotis and Phulkas are a part of our weekly dinner routines. From Dals to Kurmas, I pair the phulkas to make a delicious dinner. Before this COVID thing happened, dinner is the only time where we all gather together at the table with everyone following a different routine. A delicious dinner plate with the discussions on how the day went for each of us was enjoyable. If that dinner not only happened to be delicious but also healthy it is a double win. Koftas are very famous in India and the middle eastern countries. These are traditionally made with deep-fried vegetables or meatballs and simmered in a silky curry paste. In this recipe, I have used bottle gourd/ Lauki / Suraikkai to make koftas and opted to use my air fryer to fry these koftas. I also made a basic tomato- Onion curry base and topped off with cashew paste to make a silky and smooth kofta curry. Do try this recipe and leave your comments.


0/19 Ingredients
Adjust Servings
    For the Koftas
  • For the Curry Paste


0/5 Instructions
  • For making Koftas: Wash, peel, and grate the bottle gourd finely. Squeeze out the excess water from the bottle gourd thoroughly. Do not discard it. this can be added to the gravy. To this grated bottle gourd, add besan flour, turmeric powder, red chili powder, salt, and garam masala powder. Combine to form a dough. Make balls and air fry them at 360 F for 15 mins turning in between.
  • Meanwhile, heat a pan and add cooking oil. Add Jeera followed by ginger- garlic paste. Saute it for a min until the raw smell goes off.
  • Add the blended onion-tomato paste to it and sautee it along with turmeric powder, coriander powder, red chili powder, and garam masala powder. Cook covered with a lid for about 5 mins until the raw smell goes off.
  • Soak cashews in warm water for about half an hour and make a paste out of it. Add the cashew paste to the curry and combine together. Let it cook for about 4 mins until it thickens. Switch off the stove and sprinkle a generous amount of kasoori methi to it.
  • Arrange the koftas to a flat serving dish and pour the curry over it. Serve warm with rotis or a simple jeera rice.


  • I used my air fryer to fry the koftas. You can deep fry them or use an appe pan to fry the koftas.
  • Instead of bottle gourd, you can also try using chayote squash or chow-chow.

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