Lauki aur Paneer ke Kofte

imageimageimageimageimageimageTraditional lauki koftas kicked up a notch!
Lauki and Paneer come together to make one of the most delicious koftas you would have ever tasted….a must try! Make it the traditional deep fried way or make them low fat in the appe pan….your pick!

For the koftas
Grate Lauki, squeeze out as much juice as possible (which can be used to make delicious jeera rice or added to atta to make a nutritious dough). Now take 1 cup of squeezed lauki and add equal quantity of grated paneer along with a tsp of minced ginger, 1-2 green chillies finely chopped , salt to taste, 1/4 tsp red chili pwdr, a tbsp of cream and a little besan (about a tbsp) for binding. Shape into balls and deep fry on medium high or cook using the appe pan (cover the appe pan with a lid to ensure that the lauki cooks through). Slip into gravy just before serving. Heat through and serve garnished with freshly chopped dhania and a swirl of cream!

For the curry
Heat oil add 1 tsp jeera, 1 heaped tsp soaked ground khus khus (optional) and a tsp of grated ginger, sauté for a few seconds. Add pureed tomato (made from 3-4 tomatoes), 1/2 tsp haldi, salt to taste & 1/2 tsp red chilli pwdr and cook till the tomato reduces to a thick paste. Add a good pinch of garam masala and and a tbsp of cream and cook till the masala leaves oil and becomes a deep rich red color. Then add water to create a very thin gravy. When ready to serve…. Heat gravy, add koftas and simmer for 2 minutes….so that the koftas can soak up the gravy and heat through. Do not overcook or you might break the delicate koftas! Serve with soft rotis or jeera rice.
Source: Anita Aunty
Koftas being made in Appe Pan


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Creative uses of the Appe Pan

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  1. Being a a hardcore non vegetarian, I would never get into making a vegetarian dish for my family in the weekends. Until I saw Ruchi’s lauki and paneer kofta post in one of the food groups that she had posted recently. The color, texture looked perfect. I immediately knew I was going to make it in the coming weekend.
    True to the picture, the dish was absolutely wonderful in taste. It had the richness and smell that could turn on our taste bud in seconds. Yet simple to prepare. I and my family loved it completely. And would make it soon. A must try for all who love richness, flavor, color and taste in one plate!
    Ruchi, keep coming up with many more such wonderful dishes.