Sunday, November 16, 2008

Plantain Paneer Kofta Curry!

When I think of Crow, I always remember couple of incidents. First, as I have already mentioned, when Konda was about 2 to 3 years old, a Crow would always come in the mornings and keep crowing for her. It used to fly away only after she goes and shoos it away. Many years later, I find the same thing repeated. Another crow sits for Peddu, and he gets so excited hearing it and used to run to shoo it away! Well it might sound funny, but that was happened exactly. Chinnu on the other hand, is never bothered about such things.

The other incident that comes to mind, involves my lecturer at college. This lecturer used to teach us Phonetics during the final year and all her classes used to be during the afternoon section. She was a sweet lady and probably never actually been a naughty student herself. For she was often and easily taken for a ride by my classmates. She is an Indian, though was brought up in Srilanka and came back to India only after many years of marriage. Since her classes were always during afternoon, it didn't help things better. Phonetics, for one, needs passion, second concentration. Which sadly was lacking in all of us at class. She used to go Aaa, Baa, and rest of it would be easily forgotten. But the highlight of the whole hour of class, was when a crow used to come and sit on the window sill.

The moment the lecturer casts her eyes, she will start singing in praise of the crow. She told us that back home, there weren't any crow. All she knew was, what she heard from her parents. This, I am not sure how far its correct, as I have never really attempted knowing if crows are not an natural habitat of Srilanka. So when she was all so excited at seeing them in live, when she came back to India. And every class of hers, we had a visit from the crow. Not just that, it even used to cross the room to the other side of the building. At the sight of it, you can hear the usual girly giggles and gestures. And our lecturer will be fit to swoon at the sight it the crow!

Coming back to today's recipe its an unusual blend of plantain with paneer, which we thought could be make into a kofta!

Ingredients Needed:

For the Koftas:

Raw Plantain - 1/2 boiled
Paneer grated - 1/2 cup
Onion - 1 medium
Chili powder - 1/2 tsp
Ginger garlic paste - 1/2 tsp
Salt to taste
Cumin seeds - 1 /2 tsp
Corn flour - 2 tbsp
Maida Flour - 2 tbsp

For the Gravy:

Onion - 2 medium
Tomatoes - 2 medium
Chili powder - 1 tsp
Cashew paste - 2 tbsp
Garlic ginger paste - 1/2 tsp
Salt to taste
Oil - 2 tsp
Water - 1 cup

Oil for deep frying

Method to prepare:

For the Koftas:

Peel the banana or plantain and boil the vegetable. You can even steam it. Mash the plantain to rough. Grate the paneer and keep aside.

Make a thick batter of corn flour and maida. In a bowl, take the cooked plantain and grated paneer along with the other ingredients. Mix well and make balls.

Heat a kadai with oil. Dip the koftas in the corn and maida batter. Then gently drop them into hot oil and fry on all sides. Remove on a kitchen towel.

For the Gravy:

Heat a kadai with oil, saute the chopped onions. Add ginger garlic paste. Fry well.

Then add the tomatoes, salt and saute the tomatoes till soft. Add chili powder and mix well. Then add the cashew paste and mix well.

Add water and bring to boil. Let it simmer for 10 mins. Just before serving, add the koftas.

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Curry Leaf said...

Lovely post,now I know u had a wonderful time in College.
The dish combo is new to me.looks good.Kofta with plantain is very good,the addition of paneer must add xtra taste !

ambika said...

hi sri,
how r u doing? Nice recipe with paneer and plantain combination. need to try out.

meeso said...

That's a delicious looking plate!

Sukanya Ramkumar said...

This is so cool. Nice recipe. Looks so good. yum! Love kofta a lot...

Lavi said...

Thou it is late night now..i want to taste atleast one kofta now...

Madhu said...

Plantain and paneer kofts, very yummy combo, looks delish Sri.

Bhawana said...

mmmmm delicious a new kind of kofta curry :). good one.

Priya said...

Delicious n completely new for me...sure to try this soon..

rekhas kitchen said...

I too make plantain koftas but never add paneer to it intresting recipe valli

Medhaa said...

never havecooked with raw banana except for bajji's. Sounds very interesting

anudivya said...

This looks awesome Valli, the way you manage to post such delicious recipes is just amazing.

kamala said...

You reminded of our Phonectics Lecturer Valli..She is dedicated and sincere in teaching...But the girls as usual giggles and immitates her actions..Very different combi!!

Divya Kudua said...

You are making me nostalgic Valli..I too studied Eng.Lit and used to love Phonetic classes..but,as you said,if you are not in the mood,thats the last thing you would enjoy!!Lovely story about the crow..lolz!!true to your style,koftas with plaintain look yummy!!

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