Saturday 29 August 2009

Steamed B&B Kofta in Onion-Tomato Gravy






This recipe was made in complete despair. I had soaked Bengal gram to make the sweet for Ganesh Puja and unfortunate for me, I was running very high temperature so cooking was completely ruled out. The lentil was lying prettily in the refrigerator waiting to be used.The other day I asked my maid to grate the the peel of Bottle gourd (to make the Chutney) and chop the gourd later, she conveniently grated the whole thing. I had no energy to work with that, so that also went into the fridge… When eventually I entered the kitchen one fine day, these two things were asking me to use them. Normally when we make bottle gourd kofta we use besan and deep fry them.But, just out of fever I did not want to consume a lot of oil so I decided to make steamed Bengal Gram –Bottle gourd Kofta, and hence the name-B & B.

I was completely clueless how the Kofta would turn out, but experimenting is key to success when it comes to cooking, as a matter of fact in any field. To boost up  my spirit, which was desperately needed after all the suffering, I was delighted to see that the Koftas turned out well and tasted really good. The Koftas by itself can be served with ketchup or chutney. Now, was the turn to make the gravy. The happy me inaugurated her food-pro which hubby dear had gifted a month back and was again waiting to get used. ( One can read how many things were waiting for me…). I was really trying hard to save time in cooking, to save some energy in my body.

I must say, all that effort was worth taking as the gravy and the Koftas, both turned out too good. I was indeed happy with myself, I do not think I am going to fry these koftas again. This makes a very healthy version as steaming keeps all essential nutrients in the lentil and vegetable intact.

Ingredients For Koftas

1 medium bottle gourd grated

3/4 cup soaked bengal gram/chana dal

2-3 green chilies finely chopped

salt to taste

2 tsp coriander pwd

1 tsp cumin pwd

1/2 tsp red chili pwd

1/4 tsp turmeric pwd

2 tsp oil

Method for  the Koftas


Grind the Bengal gram coarsely with minimum water.



Squeeze out water from the grated Bottle Gourd. The water can be added to the curry later.


Mix the daal and bottle gourd and add the remaining ingredients.


Make Kofta and put it on a greased plate. Do not press the Koftas excessively while making them. Makes about 20 koftas


Steam the Koftas  for 15 mins without putting the weight(whistle).

Let the Koftas cool.

Ingredients for the Gravy

To Grind

2 –3 onions

3 medium tomatoes

3 garlic pods (chinese)

an inch of ginger


1/2 tsp turmeric pwd

2-3 tsp red chili pwd

2 tbsp coriander pwd

1 tsp cumin pwd

1 small spoon garam masala

1 bay leaf


oil for cooking

salt to taste


Method for the Gravy


In a food processor put onions,ginger-garlic and tomatoes and finely Mince them.


Heat oil add bay leaf and the ground onions. Saute for a few minutes. This masala cooks fast as it is minced.


    Add all the spices and salt and cook till the oil separates.


      Add a glass and a half of water, and also the waterfrom the bottle gourd which was squeezed out.


    Bring the gravy to  a boil. Simmer and cook further for 5 mins.



In a bowl arrange the Koftas and pour the boiling gravy. Serve them with hot phulka/Chapati/rice.

I am sending this self created, Original recipe to

Side dishes for Chapati at Viki’s Kitchen hosted by Vicky Xavier

I am also sending this to MLLA-14 hosted by the Well Seasoned Cook where it began.

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Indian Khana said...

Looks delicious...steaming the kofta is real gud..

Vijitha said...

Delicious entry dear!

lubnakarim06 said...

Oh wow...that's a creamy, spicy and aromatic recipe...very yum...

Hari Chandana P said...

Yummy recipe..perfect presentation.. :)

sangeeta said...

i love steamed koftas...made with ground daal they would be soft n textured....i have posted a ground dal pakode on my blog recently n i sometimes turn them to a subzi too..
experiments are so you said.

Nandinis food said...

Healthy and Yummy dish!

Sunanda said...

Curry looks awesome... Perfect presentation and a perfent entry for the event.

Priya Suresh said...

Curry looks tremendous, steamed koftas are better than frying..lovely colourful gravy..

sangeeta said...

hi pari..i posted the award you passed me...check out.

Unknown said...

Lovely kofta, nice idea to steam. Hope you are better now.

Katy ~ said...

Beautiful picture and presentation. Very well done!

Sushma Mallya said...

Hi pari first time here looks very spicy and love the colour and love the way u expalined it so beautifully with step by step pics very difficult to do tht all the time :)

Unknown said...

hummm nice and very healthy used chana dal insted of besan interesting yaar looks creamy and delicious.

sangeeta said...

i have a longish answer to your comment ..check out on my blog..

chakhlere said...

Thats a yummy kofta!! I loved the tomato gravy.

Divya Kudua said...

Great pics Pari..dal and bottle gourd..??sounds like a great combo for a kofta:)

Red Chillies said...

Hope you are doing well and recovered from the temperature. I can imagine how alarming that can be. The BB koftas sound intersting.

Trish said...

So I will now show my ignorance but....okay...what is a bottle gourd? Would it be like zucchini or squash which is common here where I live in north america? At any rate...I can tell this is terrific...just look at that sauce it nestles in! Wonderful!

Pari Vasisht said...

Thanks a lot folks for all the concern. I am getting better.
@ Trish, Hi Dear, It's called Louki in India
the other names are Bottle Gourd (Lagenaria siceraria)

Also known as:
edible bottle gourd, guava bean, white flowered gourd
Hope this helps.

Padma said...

Looks yummy... and nice idea of steaming - my sister always does that... nice entry for the event

Anonymous said...

Colorful and tempting presentation..!!

Susan said...

Oh, steamed kofta! I've never had it that way. That gravy looks marvelous, too. I hope you are feeling better by now.

Thanks, Pari, for your MLLA recipe! said...

Delicious and yummy recipe dear...will surely try this.

Vicky Xavier said...

Nice idea dear. Kofta curry looks yummmm..
Thanks for sending this to the side dish for chapathi event.
(Viki's kitchen)


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