Kache Kele ke kofte….Raw Green Banana Kofta curry- Its healthy…Its delicious….

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This post is specially for one of my fellow blogger whose garden is overflowing with bananas. Blodieaka( I know your blog name only), it for you. There are so many delicious dishes we prepare with green bananas. It has numerous health benefits. It is good source of fiber, vitamins high on Iron, help control blood sugar too. So make as many dishes as possible and enjoy the fruit.

Green  bananas are also eaten boiled just like mash potatoes. We mash it with salt, oil and green chili. This is popular as village food. To make it exotic, coconut scrape and mustard paste is also added. Banana chips are as popular as potato chips. It is cooked, as curry, dry with variety of spices.

Here, I am sharing the recipe for green banana kofta curry. I have added cottage cheese to make it more flavourfull but the koftas made out of only bananas are also delicious. It could be eaten as snack and if cooked curry, it is good as mains.  Eggs are also used as binder for forming koftas.  I have kept my recipe total vegetarian so I have used corn flour as binding agent.

 Ingredients for kofta:

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  1. Raw Green bananas-2
  2. Cottage cheese—1/2 cup(optional)
  3. Finely Chopped onion- 1/4th cup
  4. Grated ginger- 1 tspn
  5. Chopped green chili- 1 tspn (or more)
  6. Coriander powder- 1 tspn
  7. Shahi Garam masala powder– 1 tspn
  8. Red chili powder- ½ tspn(optional)
  9. Amchur(dry mango ) powder- 1 tspn
  10. Corn flour- 1 tblspn(as binding agent)
  11. Chopped dry fruits for filling(cashew, walnuts, raising, pistachio or dry berries)
  12. Butter cut into very small cubes
  13. Salt to taste
  14. Oil for deep frying

Ingredients for Curry:

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  1. Onion paste- ½ cup
  2. Ginger paste- 1 tspn
  3. Fresh pureed tomato- 1/4th cup
  4. Whipped cream- 2 tblspn
  5. Whipped curd- 1 tblspn
  6. Cumin powder- 1 tspn
  7. Coriander powder- 1 tspn
  8. Turmeric powder- 1 tspn
  9. Kashmiri chili powder- 1 tspn
  10. Garam masala powder- ½ tspn
  11. Cumin seeds- ½ tspn
  12. Bay leaf- 2
  13. Green cardamom- 3-4 lightly beaten to open mouth
  14. Cinnamon stick- 1
  15. Cloves – 4-5
  16. Green chili-2 or more
  17. Dry red chili-1
  18. Oil for cooking
  19. Clarified butter- 1 tblspn
  20. Sugar- ½ tspn
  21. Salt to taste

Slit the top and bottom of the bananas. Pressure cook  the bananas with skin on till soft.  Peel , but do not throw the skin. You can make delicious dish, condiment out of it. (recipe below at the end).Mash the cooked banans to smooth. Add , all dry ingredients of kofta as mentioned except cashew, butter and oil.

Mash everything nicely to make a douh. Its better to use your finger to make a dough. Make equal lemon sized balls out of the dough. Take one ball on you palm and make a hole in the middle with your finger. Fill the hole with  dry fruits and a butter cube in it. Close the mouth and re shape it like small ball. Repeat and make such balls out of the dough. Sprinkle , little corn flour over it and keep aside.

In a deep wok add enough oil for deep frying the koftas in batches of 3-4. Deep fry in medium flame till brown. Do not fry in high flame otherwise the koftas will be browned from outside and inside it will remain under cooked.

Check the remaining oil in the wok. If it is more than 3 tblspn and the oil is not burnt, then do not add any more. Cook the curry in the same oil.

Add cumin seed in hot oil and let it start splattering.  Add cinnamon, cardamom, cloves and bay leaf one by one. Stir till the oil is aromatic. Add onion paste and fry till browned.

Add all dry masalas, cumin powder, coriander powder, chili powder, turmeric powder, garam masala powder , ginger paste, sugar and salt. Sprinkle little water and stir fry the masalas for 1 min. Add pureed tomato and stir till oil is separated and visible on sides.  Add whipped curd and cream together and stir continuously so that it is not curdled.

When oil separates,  add ghee, stir and pour 1 ½   glass of water(for cooking 8-10 koftas). If more add proportionately. Cover and cook the curry in medium flame for 5-7 mins. Add the koftas and cook covered for 2 mins only then uncover otherwise the koftas will be mashed.

Otherwise cook the koftas and curry separately in advance.  Heat both just before serving. Arrange the koftas in serving bowl and pour the curry over it. Garnish with fresh cream and coriander leaves.

Best with Naan, Rotis, Parathas or Pulao.

Recipe for banana peel: I do not have photographs so posting the recipe only.  The banana skin had blackened so I did not make the dish this time. For eating the skin, the bananas skin should be fresh and green.

 For two banana peels you need ,   coconut scrape1/3rd cup, mustard paste 1 tspn, poppy paste(optional), green chili 2 or more depending upon the liking for heat, ½ tspn sugar, salt to taste and oil. If you can tolerate the pungent flavor of mustard oil its fine otherwise use extra virgin olive oil.

Boil the fresh green bananas with skin on. Peel off the skin. You may find few ling threads with the skin. Discard it. Take half peeled banana also.

In a mixer grinder, put all the ingredients except the boiled banana and spin it.  Add the banana at the end otherwise it becomes too sticky and difficult for spinning.  Its done. Transfer it in a bowl. Garnish with more coconut scrape, chopped green chili and spoon oil. Its ready to eat . You may spoon fresh coconut milk over it.

2nd option, just mash all the ingredients together, then steam it for 5 mins. Then serve as above.

We like it with hot steaming rice. Arrange the rice in plate. Make a well in the middle. Place the paste in the well. Garnish as above and enjoy.

You may spread it over bread loaf too.

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25 Comments Add yours

  1. Amazing! Looks so good

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    1. Thank u for liking.

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  2. Awesome Idea to use raw banana in kofta…Loved the Idea..Amazing post !!

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  3. blondieaka says:

    Thank you so much, Reena ,I don’t know how I missed it but I have it now …and the name is Carol 🙂

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      1. blondieaka says:

        Hi Reena…Going to make it tomorrow..just googled how to cook green bananas as I don’t have a pressure cooker and don’t have dried mango powder but I can get around that may put a bit of mango puree in it…

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      2. Never mind. You cut the bananas to 4 and cook it on stove. It will become soft like potatoes.. Instead of mango powder, use lemon juice. or mago puree is a great idea. Moreover it is not essential ingredient. Happy cooking!!!

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  4. blondieaka says:

    Reblogged this on Retired? No one told me! and commented:
    A lovely recipe for green Bananas of which I ahve plenty from my blogging friend Reena…Thank you, Reena ….I love both Thai and Indian food and there is not much to choose between them for me I love them both 🙂

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    1. Thank a bunch Carol for this acknowledgement. Its a wonderful feeling

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      1. blondieaka says:

        I will let you know how they turned out I am sure they will be great 🙂

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  5. Carol says:

    Hi Reena, I made your Koftas yesterday and they were very, very nice….I didn’t add the cottage cheese and used red chilli and lime instead of mango but they were awesome…I will be posting the recipe on TRH facebook page and give you credit for the original recipe…Thank you, Reena I would definitely make these again x

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    1. I am extremely delighted to know that. That is very sweet of you, mentioning me in the facebook page. For me Blogging has made the world smaller and has brought people from different corners of the world together. Food has brought us near !!! You can try the banana peel recipe also. With coconut it is delicious. Thank you once again for appreciating and trying on my recipe.

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      1. Carol says:

        Yes I will Reena I get so many bananas it is knowing what to do with them but I loved those, very nice. Why don’t you join us on TRH ?)

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      2. Sure. I will love to join. Do I need invite to join?

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      3. Carol says:

        Just search The Recipe Hunter on FB and ask to join and I will approve 🙂

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      4. Carol you know, you can make banana chips just like potato chips. Stir fry with spices of your choice. Just steam them before stir fry.

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      5. Carol says:

        Ok, thank you, Reena they are ripe now so will wait until I get more green ones some are due to be cut again.

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      6. Carol says:

        We would love to have you on The Recipe Hunter (Cook & Enjoy)

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      7. Sure Carol. Thank u so much.

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  6. I think these dishes suit to my tummy. 😲 OMG 😜
    Shiva

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  7. Carol says:

    Hi Reena I just made these again but added the cheese this time( I used) feta as I didn’t have cottage cheese and all the family loved them…A great recipe 🙂 Thank you again 🙂

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    1. I am delighted to hear. Thank u so much for liking it.

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