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Author Notes: There is a lot more to cooking Plantains a.k.a. Bananas 🍌 than incorporating them in smoothies and banana bread.
Although Plantain Bananas have a long ripening cycle, they can be used at every stage either as a fruit or a vegetable. This is cool because you can buy a bunch and be sure you'll have some way of using them as they mature!
To cook the Vegetable Meatballs Curry that I present today, I decided to use them at the "Raw Green Banana" stage (when they are more starchy, like potatoes).
I also had some fresh fenugreek in my fridge that I've incorporated in the curry.
So here is "Raw Banana Koftas/Meatballs" in a creamy nutty mustard colored fenugreek curry sauce featuring the versatile Banana Plantains!🍌 —Shruti Vijay Apraj
For the Raw Banana Veggie Koftas/Meatballs :
- 2 Raw Bananas (Boiled & Mashed)
- 1 Potato boiled
- 1/4 cup Paneer/Cottage cheese
- 1 Onion finely chopped
- 2 Green chillies finely chopped
- 1 teaspoon Cumin Powder
- 1 teaspoon Coriander Powder
- 1 teaspoon Ginger Garlic paste
- 3 tablespoons Gram Flour
- 2 tablespoons Corn Starch
- 1/4 cup Cilantro chopped
- 2 teaspoons Salt to taste
- Oil to deep fry
- Water as required
- Mix together all ingredients the above meatballs ingredients (except corn starch & oil) and knead a dough.
- Form small balls out of the dough.
- Make a paste of corn starch & oil. Bind the balls in this cornflour coating.
- Deep Fry the plantain meatballs in oil on a medium flame until cooked & golden brown.
For the Fenugreek Curry Sauce
- 1/2 cup Fresh Fenugreek leaves
- 1 teaspoon Ginger garlic paste
- 1 teaspoon Cumin seeds
- 4 tablespoons Tomato paste
- 2 teaspoons Green chillies chopped
- 1 teaspoon Garam Masala
- 3 teaspoons Turmeric
- 2 tablespoons Milk
- 2 tablespoons Cashew paste
- 1 tablespoon Oil
- Salt to taste
- Take oil in sauce pan and saute cumin seeds, green chillies, ginger garlic paste, onions & fenugreek leaves.
- Once the onions turn translucent, add turmeric and tomatoes. Stir until the tomatoes turn mushy.
- Add water & let it simmer for 10 mins. Add the salt, cashew paste and milk and stir well until gravy is thick.
- Top up with garam masala and drop in the meatballs/koftas in the curry just before serving.
- This curry goes well with Jeera Rice or Roti Flatbreads.
- This recipe was entered in the contest for Your Best Recipe with Bananas or Plantains