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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