Making rotis everyday for dinner is not a problem, the problem is thinking of a side-dish everyday to go with it. The dhal would go down without a fuss, it’s the vegetable which the children always fuss about. I try to make my sides as interesting as possible to make my kids eat them without making a fuss.
Today, I had nothing but the bottle gourd to make a side dish.
So an easy but tasty side-dish where the kids wont even know they are having “lauki”.
For the koftas:
Lauki/ bottle gourd (grated) – 2 cups
Gram flour/ besan – 4 tbsps
Green chillies (chopped) – 1 tsp
Garam masala – 1 tsp
Red chilli powder – ½ tsp
Salt as required
For the gravy:
Onion (chopped) – 1 no
Tomatoes (chopped) – 2 nos
Ginger-garlic paste – 1 tbsp
Melon seeds – 2-3 tbsps
Red chilli powder – 1 tsp
Turmeric powder – ½ tsp
Garam masala – ½ tsp
Jeera – 1 tsp
To make the koftas:
Grate the lauki and sprinkle ½ tsp salt over it and let it rest for 10-15 minutes.
The salt brings out the water in the lauki, squeeze out all the water from the lauki. Keep aside.
Now, mix the lauki with the other ingredients used for making koftas.
Make small balls and deep fry in hot oil.
Drain on absorbent paper and keep aside.
To make the gravy:
Blend all the ingredients together to make the gravy.
Blend together to get a smooth paste without adding water.
Heat oil in a pan and when the oil is hot, add a teaspoon of jeera in it.
Add the masala paste and sauté.
Sauté this paste for approx 10 minutes till the oil starts to appear along the edges.
Now, add the extracted water from the lauki along with half a cup of water and simmer.
Simmer on low heat till the gravy reaches a nice consistency.
Remove from heat.
The laukis can be added to the gravy just before serving.
Garnish with coriander and serve with rotis or jeera rice.