April 5, 2010

Springtime Kofta!


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After falling in love with paneer kofta, I decided that I wanted everyone to be able to enjoy my recipe for soft, delicious kofta in that silky sauce- minus the paneer. I know that paneer isn’t to everyone’s liking due to its high fat content and trust me, you will never miss the paneer in this recipe. Those with high cholesterol should steer clear of saturated fats which is why I have used angelic olive oil in this recipe. Almonds, like all nuts contain natural oils (the good kind) which contribute to the sauce’s rich and creamy consistency. I love using pureed nuts in place of cream in Indian sauces, as they deliver wonderful buttery textures and flavours. I like to call it ‘cheating the system’. Having said this, it is also important to remember that if you have high cholesterol, to always eat these good fats in moderation.

I created this Springtime Kofta recipe with spiced green bananas in a beautifully silky pea and almond sauce for those who love rich foods, but cannot eat them as much as they would like. That includes me.

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This recipe is perfect for the season, with its bright colours and fresh flavours. Peas are the epitome of Spring and when pureed, they bring a beautiful lightness to the dish. You can find a little more information about kofta and their origins here.

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Springtime Kofta with Spiced Green Bananas and Pureed Pea and Almond Sauce
Serves 4


For the Kofta

1 ¼ cups boiled and mashed green bananas- That’s around 7 small ones (Note: Always boil green bananas with the skins on, but pierce them a couple of times)
½ tbsp coarse cornmeal, soaked in ¼ cup warm water
¼ tsp cinnamon powder
1 tsp garlic, minced
2 tsp ginger, minced
1 tbsp onion, minced
1 ½ tsp whole cumin seeds
1 tbsp green mango, grated (optional)
2 medium hot green chillies (or to taste)
¼ tsp turmeric
1 tsp coriander seed powder
1 tbsp all purpose flour, plus extra for dusting
1 tsp baking powder
2 tbsp fresh coriander, chopped
Salt to taste
2 tbsp virgin olive oil (not extra virgin)

For the Pea and Almond Sauce

1 cup skinless whole almonds, blanched for 15 minutes (If you only have almonds with the skin on, blanching them for 15 minutes will allow the skins to slip off anyway- convenient, I know)
2 tsp garlic, minced and sautéd
½ cup onion, minced and sautéd
2 cups peas (I used frozen)
¼ tsp fennel powder
½ tsp cardamom powder
½ cup milk (use water for a vegan recipe)
2 medium hot green chillies (or to taste)
Salt to taste
1 tsp kasoori methi (optional)
¼ cup fresh coriander (to garnish)
½ cup chopped fresh tomatoes
2 cups water

1. Combine all of the ingredients for the kofta, minus the cumin seeds, garlic, ginger, onions and chillies.

2. In a small pan heat 1 tbsp of oil and sauté the cumin seeds, garlic, ginger, onions and chillies. When this is aromatic remove it from the heat and add it to the rest of the kofta mixture.

3. Roll the kofta mixture into small oval shapes and place them on a plate dusted with flour. Refrigerate these for at least 30 minutes.

4. Brush the kofta with a little oil and place them in a preheated oven at 180 degrees Celsius, for 10 minutes. Note: Do not let them brown too much or they will begin to flatten too much. A little flattening at the bottom is normal, just re shape them a little when they’ve cooled down.

5. In a blender, puree the almonds, onions, garlic and chillies with 1 cup water.

6. Place the almond puree in a large pan and cook for around 10 minutes until it is creamy and aromatic.

7. In a blender, puree the peas with the milk and add this to the almond mixture.

8. Add around a cup of water to the sauce to adjust the consistency.

9. Add the fennel powder, cardamom powder, kasoori methi (crush this between your palms) and season with salt.

10. When you are ready to serve, assemble the dish no more than 5-10 minutes before and garnish with coriander and tomatoes.

Enjoy with naan, rice and plenty of fresh salad for a perfect springtime feast!

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30 responses to “Springtime Kofta!”

  1. Priya says:

    Tempting koftas, looks fantastic and absolutely delicious..

  2. Ushnish Ghosh says:

    Dear sanjana
    How are you?
    SO you came up with raw banana kofta , thats great..we eat lot of raw banana preparaions.
    I like the intro on Cholesterol related matters..
    I am going to cook this when my Vege friends come in..Thank God you have put kasuri methi as optional, I would not have used it..it is a flavour spoiler, when you use high spicing system..
    Have a nice week..how is your study going?

  3. Cool Lassi(e) says:

    Very colorful and delectable dish! Wish I could have some!

  4. Priya (Yallapantula) Mitharwal says:

    Sanjana, amazing recipe, never heard or saw before and this is a definite bookmark. Actually I exactly know when I am going to make this 🙂

    Please do visit my blog as I have recently started it.


  5. artipatel88 says:

    What a lovely creation Sanju! Looks absolutely delicious…I can't wait to try it! 😉

  6. Kathy Gori says:

    Oh my Sanjana, this looks soooo good! Must make some paneer soon.

  7. Anonymous says:

    What kind of green bananas did you use Please Ms.

  8. MaryMoh says:

    Wow….looks very healthy and delicious! New to me but I think I'm falling in love with it. Love all the spices. Thanks for sharing.

  9. Sanjana says:

    Thanks for all of the positive feedback everyone! I really hope you enjoy making it.

    Ushnish- I'm good thank you- Only blogging once a week now because of university work but I'll be back properly in June. Glad you are going to try the recipe!

    Anonymous- I used small green bananas from my local Indian grocery store. They are much greener than your usual unripe bananas. They are also known as green plantains, raw bananas and 'matoki'. Hope you have luck finding them!

  10. Vaishali Sharma says:

    Wow….Green Banana and paneer kofta's look absolutely delicious and mouthwatering! Love your cute Yellow serving dish too 🙂

  11. Divina Pe says:

    Sanjana, this is interesting and absolutely a must try. I could say you make one of the most interesting and flavorful vegetarian dishes. 🙂

  12. Pavithra says:

    Wow totally new dish with yummy clicks. Really tempting.. loved ur yellow dish as well.

  13. Turmericnspice says:

    Looks awesome…great recipe!!

  14. Nandini says:

    Fantastic kofta! But the bowl is more attractive and beautiful 🙂

  15. Ju (The Little Teochew) says:

    You are truly Little Miss Sunshine. Your food reflects it all. It's a gorgeous kofta, dearie! So hearty and so delicious.

  16. Tina says:

    Looks delicious…

  17. Rohini says:

    That wud definitely be a crowd pleaser… I am gonna try this soon.. Liked the way you called it "Spring-time" Kofta.. Happy to hear it around, as Spring is yet to start here!!

  18. Jay says:

    Hey…loved the colorful clicks! u r breaking ur own records..again n again…superb! Do visit my blog sometime..!

  19. Trix says:

    Oooh, this is an amazing invention! I love kofta; I fear I would pop all of these babies into my mouth one after next until they were all gone. But. You made this rather healthy, so I guess that's ok? ; )

  20. 3 hungry tummies says:

    The dish does suggest spring! Wonderful!

  21. notyet100 says:

    yum this looks,..

  22. 5 Star Foodie says:

    This springtime kofta sounds super delicious – wonderful spring flavors and the sauce with peas and almonds sounds amazing!

  23. Az says:

    Yummy pictures… great recipe…

  24. AshKuku says:

    You are one person I admire & envy ….. both at the same time…. I love the quality, I get to relish here…. All u post is a total SAVORY!!!!


  25. tigerfish says:

    What a beautiful dish.

  26. Chow and Chatter says:

    looks yummy and great colors, are you going to food bloggers connect I am in the UK for wedding can't make the meeting but coming to London trying to meet folks for lunch would love to meet you

    Rebecca email me

  27. Siddhi S says:

    wow such a yummy dish sanajana..loved use of raw bananas in koftas…it looks so creamy n rich…

  28. Ann says:

    Wow fabulous pic and looks so colorful and tempting. love this recipe

  29. Xiaolu @ 6 Bittersweets says:

    How fascinating. I do admit that paneer tends to be a bit heavy for me. Love this lighter kofta in time for the warmer season!

  30. women-wisdom.com says:

    Kofta is so inviting and delicious. Wanna a plate full. Thanks for sharing

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