Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Plantain Kofta curry

Plantain Kofta curry(Authentic South Indian style)

Plantain kofta curry delicious finger licking curry with plantains cooked in a very authentic south indian style using freshly ground spice masala powder .Here it had been made in a version were deep frying was avoided.


For koftas:

Plantain/vazhakkai                        -1
coriander powder                          -1/2 tsp
cumin powder                               -11/2 tsp
chili powder                                  -1/2 tsp
turmeric                                       -1/4 tsp
salt                                              -to taste
pottukadalai/fried gram dal powder -21/2 tbsp
cilantro  finely chopped                 -1 tsp 

For curry:

onion                                -1/2 finely chopped
tomato                              -1/2 finely chopped
green chili                         -1
curry leaves                      -few
turmeric                           -little
salt                                 -to taste
oil                                   -3 tsp
coconut milk                    -3/4 cup

For masala:

chana dhal/bengal gram     -2 tsp
coriander seeds                -1 tsp
cumin seeds                     -1 tsp
whole red chili                  -2
ginger                              -1/4'
garlic clove                      -1
cinnamon                        -small piece
fennel seeds                     -1/4 tsp
shredded coconut             -2 tbsp

Preparation time:30 min
Cooking time     :40 min


  • In a pressure cooker cook plantain with water for a whistle.Alternately you can steam in a idli steamer .Peel the skin off and grate the cooked plantain using a grater.

  • Mix all the ingredients given under for kofta well(you can add more pottukadalai/fried gram dhal powder  for binding if necessary)

  • Make it into small kofta balls .Heat oil in a kuzhi paniyaram pan and fry evenly on all sides .(Alternately you can deep fry the koftas )

  • Koftas are ready.
  • In a small pan heat oil and temper with cinnamon,ginger and garlic .

  • Follow it with chana dal/bengal gram, red chilies, cumin seeds.

  • After a minute add shredded coconut also and fry until well down and blend it into a fine powder.

  • In a pan heat oil and temper with green chili and curry leaves.

  • Add onion and fry until transparent.

  • Then add the tomato and cook until mushy.

  • Put adequate salt and turmeric.

  • Add the ground masala powder and mix well.

  • Pour a cup of water and cook for 3 minutes.

  • Then put in coconut milk and little more water .

  • Cook until it boils and becomes frothy. 

  • Add the koftas and cook for another 1-2 minutes.

  • Garnish with cilantro.

  • Serve over Rice.
Serves  3

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