For me Cooking is Relaxing. For me Cooking is a Hobby. Slipping in a favorite CD to set the mood, sipping a cup of hot coffee with a spicy pizza from Dominos or a glass of red wine to boost the mood, :-) , is as important as the recipe we have planned and the ingredients in our fridge. Cooking something new, something different, something special for your someone special is a reward in itself. And the additional bonus is the admiration you get.
I know, this relaxing while cooking, is a bit difficult in our everyday schedule, but I try to make it possible at least once in few weeks. And, yesterday was one such day. I tried my hands on Raw Bananas. The dish that I chose to cook was not that simple, so "Cooking while Relaxing" mantra has to be followed :-)
All thanks to internet and the digital world that has made experimenting in kitchen a lot more easier and successful. You just have to type Raw Banana recipes and you'll get hundreds of them. What a big help!!!
So this recipe is a mix n match of various recipes I got to see in various blogs.
Points to remember to make this recipe 'a killer one'
- Over Cook Bananas can spoil the recipe.
- Always add a slightly Roasted Flour to make the balls..
- Adding cashew nut paste to enhance the gravy taste.
Since I prepared this recipe on Valentine's Day...coincidentally...so I am linking to the following events:
For the Balls / Koftas -
For the Gravy -
- 1 large Onion Paste
- 2 large Tomatoes Puree
- 1 tbsp Ginger - Garlic paste
- 8-10 Cashews, roasted
- 1 tsp Red Chili powder
- 1/2 tsp Turmeric powder
- 1 tsp Coriander powder
- 1/2 tsp Cumin powder
- A few springs of coriander leaves
- Water (2 cups should be sufficient but it depends on how much gravy you need)
- Salt, according to taste
- Wash the bananas and potatoes thoroughly with warm water .
- Fill a large saucepan with hot water. Heat the water on the stove top over high heat to bring it to a boil.
- Place the green bananas and potatoes into the boiling water.
- Reduce the heat to medium.
- Boil the bananas for 20 minutes.
- Remove the bananas from the water when you can easily pierce them with a fork. Slice off the ends of the bananas. Peel the skin off of the bananas.
- Continue boiling the potatoes till done. De-skin.
Or Else, you can pressure cook bananas till one whistle, and potatoes for two more whistles.
- Roast the Gram Flour over medium-low heat for 2-3 minutes. Remember you only need to remove the raw texture, not the color.
- Mash the boiled bananas and Potatoes along with Roasted Flour, grated Onion, Green Chili, Coriander leaves, Ginger - Garlic paste, Red Chili powder or Fresh Black Pepper powder Cumin powder and Salt.
- Make smooth balls out of this mixture.
- Whenever making vegetarian fry items, I prefer my cute little Bella Deep Fryer, as after frying vegetarian items, I can reuse the oil for many days. But this time, I used deep frying pan. No idea...why????
- Deep fry the balls over medium-low heat and keep aside.
For the Gravy
- Now, drain away the excess oil, and in the same oil add onion paste. Fry till translucent.
- Meanwhile grind Cashews to make a fine powder.
- Add Ginger – Garlic paste, along with the Cashew-nut powder. Fry for another 4-5 minutes stirring continuously so as to cook the Cashew-nut powder properly.
- Add Turmeric, Red Chili powder, Cumin powder and Coriander powder. Add a tablespoon of water to prevent burning of the mixture.
- Stir in tomato puree, cook covered for a few minutes. Add boiled water to get the desired consistency. Add Salt, cover and cook for a while.
To serve :
- Place Banana Balls/Koftas in a shallow dish and pour hot gravy on top.
- Garnish with fresh coriander. Serve hot with rice or bread of your choice.
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