Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Low Fat Kacche Kele (Raw banana ) ke Kofte

Kofta Curry is usually quite rich.  Here is a low fat version. Instead of frying the koftas I have simply pan fried them using just a tbsp of oil. Trust me the koftas tasted as good as the fried ones. Even in the gravy I have used Makhana ( Lotus Seeds) Powder instead of Cashewnuts. 
You can grind makhanas to get Makhana powder. Whenever I buy makhanas, I sort out the small , hard ones. Grind them and refrigerate the powder for future use.


For Kofta  : gives 10
Raw banana   boiled               1                 
Medium potatoes  boiled         2
Green chilli finely chopped     1/2        
Red chilli powder.                 1/2tsp      
Coriander     chopped            1 tbsp        
Raw mango powder.              1/4 tsp     
Salt  or to taste                      3/4 tsp   
Bread crumbs.                        4 tbsp.        
Garam masala                         A large pinch.     
oil  (for pan frying)                1 tbsp.                   

For gravy
 Oil                                       1 tbsp                      
Asafoetida                             A pinch                   
Green chilli, finely chopped    1/2.                        
Cumin                                   1/2 tsp                  
Garlic crushed                        1/2 tsp.                 
Onion,finely chopped             1/2 cup                  
Tomato purée,    home made  1 cup.                        
Ginger paste.                         1 tsp.                         
Red chilli powder.                 1 tsp.                                      
 Turmeric powder                  1/4 tsp.                  
Coriander powder                  1 tsp.                           
Water                                   1/2 cup                     
Milk                                      1/2 cup                     
Salt or to taste                      1 1/2 tsp                   
Sugar                                    1 tsp                            
Makhana Powder                   1 tbsp.                         
Garam masala.                       A large  pinch      

For Kofta :
  1. Peel and grate boiled raw banana and potatoes . 
  2. Add all other ingredients mentioned under kofta except oil. Mix well 
  3. Taste and adjust seasoning
  4. Divide into 10 equal portions. 
  5. Wet your hands and shape them into balls.
  6. Press with your fingers to flatten them slightly . 
  7. Pan fry them  on a heavy bottom non stick pan, until golden on both sides.
  8. Keep them on a kitchen towel to remove excess oil . 

For gravy 
  1. Heat oil in a pan .Add asafoetida and cumin .   
  2. Once cumin becomes brown add green chilli garlic and onions 
  3. Sauté onions until light golden and soft . Sprinkle some water if needed 
  4. Tip in tomato purée and ginger paste . Mix well , cover and cook till oil separates.
  5. Mid way add red chilli  pd,turmeric pd  and coriander powder . 
  6. Once oil separates add Makhana pd, salt  and  sugar.
  7. Add water and milk .Bring it to a boil.
  8. Simmer for 5 minutes.
  9. Remove from fire. Add garam masala.
  10. Taste and  adjust salt and sugar.

To serve : 
  1. Place the koftas in a shallow glass dish.
  2. Micro on high for 1 minute.
  3. Pour boiling hot gravy over the koftas.
  4. Garnish with chopped coriander .
  5. Serve immediately with  an Indian bread of your choice.