Mochar Niramish Kofta Curry (Banana Flower Fried Ball Curry)

‘Kofta’ is a savory deep fried or shallow fried ball made up of any meat, paneer or vegetables. (See here) On our veg-days we often cook ‘Mocha’ (Banana Blossom) curry or this ‘Mochar Kofta Curry’. It is very good in taste and easy to make except the peeling of ‘Mocha’. But some days back when I went to the vegetable market I found that peeled ‘mocha’ is available in market other than the canned one available in super markets. So, now you can make this recipe without putting much effort.

I have used some boiled potatoes in the curry as I served it in dinner with roti. You can cook it without adding any potatoes too. Keep the gravy a little thin as the koftas absorb water. And do not boil the koftas in gravy. Just arrange the koftas in serving plate and pour the gravy on it… serve with roti or paratha…

Ingredients

For making kofta:

  • 2 cups Banana Flower – (Boiled and mashed)
  • 3 – 4 tsps Scrapped Coconut
  • 3 tsps Besan or Gram Flour
  • 2 Tbsps Bread Crumb – (or 1 bread slice)
  • 1 tsp Ginger – (Finely Chopped)
  • ½ tsp Turmeric Powder
  • 2 (Finely chopped) Green Chillies
  • ½ tsp Coriander Seeds
  • ½ tsp Cumin Seeds
  • 1 Dry Whole Red Chillie
  • ½ tsp Garam Masala Powder
  • To taste Salt
  • Oil – For frying the koftas

For the curry:

  • 4 (boiled, peeled and halved) Potato
  • 1 tsp Ginger Paste
  • 1 (Medium- Chopped) Tomato
  • 2 (Slitted) Green Chillies
  • ¾ tsp Cumin Powder
  • 1 tsp Coriander Powder
  • ½ tsp Turmeric Powder
  • ½ tsp Red Chillie Powder
  • ½ tsp Garam Masala Powder
  • ½ tsp Sugar
  • To taste Salt
  • 3 tsps Oil
  • 1 tsp Ghee
  • Scrapped Coconut – For Garnish
  • Chopped Coriander – For Garnish

Steps:

  1. Boil the banana flower adding little salt and turmeric. They should be cooked but not mushy. Chop them and then lightly mash them and keep aside.
  2. Dry roast coriander seeds, cumin seeds and dry whole red chillie till they exudes aroma. Let it rest for few minutes. Then grind them in a fine powder in a grinder or with the help of a mortar-pestle.
  3. In a pan heat 1 tsp of oil and lightly fry chopped green chillies and ginger and pour it on the masher banana blossom.
  4. Now add the dry roasted powder and all the other ingredients mentioned under for making kofta with the banana blossom.
  5. Adjust salt. And bind them very well. If you feel that the mixture is not holding the shape of a kofta, then add a little more bread crumb.
  6. Divide the mix into 12-14 small balls. Shape them like a patty. Now keep these patties in refrigerator for 30 minutes.
  7. Meanwhile peel the boiled potatoes. Heat oil in a wok or kadai and lightly fry the potatoes and keep aside.
  8. Add ginger paste and green chillies in oil. Sauté for 2 minutes.
  9. Now add chopped tomatoes and fry till all tomatoes are mashed.
  10. Add all dry masalas except garam masala and fry till oil separates.
  11. Now add 1 ½ cup of water and let it boil.
  12. Add fried potatoes and cook the gravy for 5 minutes.
  13. Add garam masala powder and 1 tsp of ghee. Keep this gravy aside.
  14. Now drizzle a little oil in a non stick pan or griddle and fry the koftas. Turn and fry them till you get a nice brown colour on both sides.
  15. Transfer the koftas in the serving bowl and pour the cooked curry on it. Cover and let it rest for 2/3 minutes.
  16. Garnish with scrapped coconut and chopped coriander leaves. Serve immediately.

Notes:

~Do not boil the koftas with the gravy.

~ You can make the koftas and the gravy seperately in advance and warm up in microwave and serve them.

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