Sunday, June 06, 2010

HIS Department - Fritters

Typical Indian Marriage talks – Groom side people asking the; To Be Bride – “Do you know cooking honey?” OR “What all do you know in cooking?”

During my marriage it was a bit different when one of my In Law side aunts mentioned “Don’t worry about cooking dear – He cooks very well - and for what he doesn’t know you can order or hire a BAI”. At that time I didn’t find this topic of much importance but when we started cooking together I felt left out; He Seriously did cook better much better than me, not that I complain infact I find this very handy :P


To be frank he cooks what he loves – so anything fried is his department. Honestly till do date I haven’t fried anything as I really can’t stand the oily heat, but that’s Okay we have our Handy Man – The Foodie :P so one of the weekends when he prepared Dudhi Koftas – He fried the fritters while I prepared a zatpat gravy for it – I don’t believe this is an authentic Kofta curry but something you can make together in quick ten minutes ;)


I clicked the snaps then which now can go to Priti’s HIS Cooking event

You Need:

Koftas – Dudhi Fritters:
  • Bottle gourd: 1 medium – peeled and grated
  • Green chilies: 2 finely chopped
  • Coriander + cumin Powder: 2 tsp
  • Red chili powder: 1 tsp
  • Turmeric powder: 1 tsp
  • Gram flour: about 3-4 tbsp
  • Rice flour – Rava: 1-2 tbsp (optional – The Foodie used this for some crispyness)
  • Coriander Leaves: Fistful – finely chopped
  • Dry Mango Powder to taste
  • Asafetida: pinch
  • Soda Bicarbonate: pinch
  • Salt to taste
  • Oil to Deep Fry
For Kofta Curry:
  • Onion: 1 medium – grinded to paste
  • Tomato: 2 small – grinded to puree
  • Ginger + Garlic + Green chillies paste: 2tbsp
  • Red chili powder: 1 tsp
  • Turmeric powder: 1 tsp
  • Garam Maslaa to taste
  • Cumin Seeds: 1 tsp
  • Oil to temper
  • Salt to taste

You Do:

Koftas – Dudhi Fritters:
  1. Mix everything under the Fritter section – to make a thick rough paste enough to make fritters. The consistency should be right – can add a bit of water if you find this dry or gram flour if you find this watery. Adjust the salt accordingly.  IMG_3736
  2. Heat oil in a Kadai – Deep fry the fritters to light brown on medium flame.
For Kofta Curry:
  1. Heat Oil in Kadai – add Cumin Seeds, follow by Ginger + Garlic + Green chillies paste.
  2. Saute Onion paste to caramelize it. Add tomato puree and salt and sauter for couple of minutes.
  3. Follow with Red Chilli powder and turmeric powder.
  4. Cover and cook till tomato loses its raw smell.
  5. Just couple of minutes before switching of the flame; add garam masala. Done with the quick normal onion tomato gravy.

I do not like adding the pakodas in gravy for long time, so I prefer having it or serving this gravy as a sause to the fritters – this keeps the crispy nature intact and gives a soft feel to it too. IMG_3738

We had it with Phulkas, and few pakodas with Sause – total fried weekend :D


  1. your husband sure is a great cook, Kanchan! and i agree with you, its a blessing in disguise for sure :) the koftas look so yummy and delicious.

  2. Wow Kanchan, lovely looking fritters (which can of course be eaten just like that) and then curry is mouth watering as well :)

  3. Perfect entry for the event...wat a photography,too gud presentation...
    @Priti now ball is on ur court.

  4. Dear Kanchan

    Humm now i realize SOMEONE must be thinking of me as a handy -man...let me find out.
    This Kofta is very authentic. I am sure dear Foodie must have added the rice flour and Rava so that you eat away half the Koftas ( crispy) before they find there way to the gravy.
    I shall try this dish soon

    Have an exciting week ahead


  5. wow your so lucky kanchan that he cooks so well..fritters looks crispy and yummy...

  6. fritters looks perfect and crispy!!!!

  7. hehe nice readup...pakoda n the curry looks just delicious...thanks to you both for the delicious entry...convey regards to ur HIM too :)

  8. Kanchan u r so lucky dear, fritters looks marvellous and feel like having some..

  9. Lovely fritters!! I too have a handy man at home who cooks well.. hehe

  10. crispy fritters,,,,
    Inviting you personally to bread mania event

  11. Your husband is such a great cook! Lucky you!

    The koftas look so yumm!!!!

  12. Nice entry for the event,its will be double times tasty when its done by HIM ;)

  13. Looks so delicious kofta & curry too.
    Your husband is a realy good cook dear..lucky you!!

  14. @PJ,
    Yups .. right phrase – blessing in disguise… I love it when I’m no mood to cook but when I’m I don’t like a better cook around :P

    Yes, we had the remains of koftas next day as a breakfast.

    Thanks a ton !
    Guess first time here … hope to see you often around ;)

    Ha ha ha !! I know The Foodie has not read this post lets see whats his reaction to the new nick name :D

    Thanks !

    Inch pinch :P

    Hey thanks for mentioning me … will try to participate for sure.

    Yeah … lucky for sure :D

    And especially when you are doing total TP on FB and he is cooking it much more tastier….

    Yups … it was delicious … infact I feel he loves anything about food .. including preparing it ;) that’s why I call him The Foodie :P

  15. talk abt the advantage of having a handyman..TH cooks much better than me and I sometimes take due advantage of it too..he is especially gud with fris and fritters..the pakodas r very neatly fried kanchi..had it been me, i wud have burnt it for sure.,these men sometimes have a lotta patience than us

  16. Never heard about bottle gourd fritters.thanks for sharing!


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