Raw Banana Kofta/ Kachche Kale ke Kofte

Koftas are deep-fried dumplings prepared from several different ingredients like lauki/bottle gourdkathal / Jackfruit kofta, paneer, and many more. Originally kofta is a Central Asian delicacy but it is heartily cooked and eaten across the Indian Subcontinent. Kofta dishes are prepared on special occasions in the households and likewise, keep a high ranking on the restaurant menus
Today I am going to share kofta curry made with raw bananas or plantains. This recipe is an authentic Bengali Style. I have kept it very simple as Bengalies do. I have not used onions and garlic in the gravy yet this is outstandingly tasty

Raw Banana Kofta
Prep time – 20 min
Cooking time – 25-30 min
Course – Main
Cuisine – Indian (Bengali) 
Author – Bharti Dhawan
Raw bananas/kachche Kele – 3 nos.
Potatoes/Aaloo – 2 nos.
Chickpea flour/besan – 2 tbsp.
Salt, red chilly powder, roasted cumin powder, coriander powder – 1 tsp each
Raisins/kishmish – 1 tbsp.
Oil for deep frying

Chopped tomatoes – 1 cup or 2 big sized
Curd/dahi – 4 tbsp
Chickpea flour/besan – 1 tbsp
Grated ginger – 2 Tsp
Finely chopped green chillies – 1 Tsp
Asafoetida/ heeng powder – 1 Tsp
Jeera/ cumin (whole) – 1tsp
Bay leaves/tez patta – 2 nos.
Salt, red chilly powder, coriander powder, garam masala powder, roasted cumin powder, and haldi powder – 1 tsp. or as per taste
Half a cup of water for mixing all the powdered spices
Sugar – a pinch
Sufficient water for gravy – as per desire + half a cup to make the spice mix

1-  Cut each banana into 2 halves with peels on and pressure cook them with potatoes, and turmeric powder till 2 whistles
2-  When boiled, Peel both the ingredients and add besan and all the powdered spices along with salt to them
3-  Mash and mix everything well and keep at rest for 10 minutes.
4-  Heat the oil in a kadhai for frying. In the meantime, make the desired shaped Koftas.
5-  Deep fry them until golden brown and keep aside to prepare to make  the gravy
1-  First of all, whisk curd with besan together and keep aside.
2-  Add salt and powdered spices with a half cup of water and mix well to make a spice mix. Keep it aside to use later
3-  Heat oil and add heeng powder and bay leaf. Allow them to splatter.
4- Add ginger and green chilies. Fry them a little and add chopped tomatoes
5-  Add prepared spice mix and give a few boils. Cook this masala until the tomatoes become mushy
6-  Add besan mix curd and cook well.
7- Next, add water for gravy and boil for 5 minutes.
8- Add fried Koftas now and give a few more boils.
9-  Switch off the gas and cover with a lid for rest.
10- Tasty Bengali-style banana Koftas are ready to serve with roti or rice.