Kofta is a family of meatball or meatloaf dishes found in South Asian, Middle Eastern, Balkan, and Central Asian cuisine. In the simplest form, koftas consist of balls of minced or ground meat - usually beef, chicken, lamb, or pork - mixed with spices and/or onions.
Lauki Kofta also known as Bottle-gourd Kofta is a vegetarian dish quite popular in India. This is one of my favourites and I learned this from my mother. She is a great cook.
It is a two stage cooking - the first stage required deep frying of Koftas in oil and in the second stage gravy is made by grinding onions, tomatoes, green chillies, garlic and ginger and cooking with Indian spices. Then adding and cooking the fried koftas in gravy.
You can also bake the koftas if you don't want to deep fry them. But I prefer the deep fried version.
It is usually served cooked in a spicy curry/gravy and are eaten with boiled rice or a variety of Indian breads.
For the koftas