Banana Kofta is a favorite among the north Indian treats
Ingredients for Kofta’s
Raw Green bananas – 2
Cottage cheese – 1/2 cup (optional) I did not use the cheese
Finely Chopped onion – 1/4 cup
Grated ginger – 1 Tsp
Chopped green chili – 1 tsp (or more) I used red chilies as had no green.
Coriander powder – 1 Tsp
Shahi Garam masala powder – 1 Tsp
Red chili powder – ½ Tsp (optional)
Amchur (dry mango) powder – 1 Tsp, I used a squeeze of lime juice.
Corn flour- 1 Tbsp (as binding agent)
Chopped dry fruits for filling (cashew, walnuts, raisins, pistachio or dry berries)
Butter cut into very small cubes
Salt to taste
Oil for deep frying
Slit the top and bottom of the bananas.
Pressure cook the bananas with skin on till soft.
Peel and mash the bananas add all ingredients except nuts, raisins, butter, and oil.
Mash everything nicely to make a dough.
It’s better to use your finger to make a dough.
Make equal sized balls out of the dough.
Take one ball on your 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 hole and reshape it like a small oval.
Repeat and make such ovals out of the dough.
Sprinkle, little cornflour 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 undercooked.
As this was the first time I had made these I didn’t make Reena’s curry sauce but I had a small pot of sauce in my freezer which I defrosted and used with the Koftas.
Purely because I didn’t know if we would like them.
They were amazing, well, the menfolk queried the lack of meat but they are such carnivores.
They are lovely eaten as a snack and also with the curry sauce, which I will make next time
As you can see from the original list of ingredients I use red chili instead of green and lime juice instead of the mango powder and no cottage cheese. I was going to use feta cheese instead but thought I would try them without.
The mix of filling for the centers I used pistachios, walnuts, and raisins chopped finely.
With thanks to Reena for a lovely recipe for Green Bananas. They are amazing my friend, Thank you
Original recipe by CookingwithReena. Many thanx Reena they are awesome.
Prepared, tried and tested by Carol Taylor
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