Banana kofta: Navratri Special

A mouthwatering preparation from raw bananas, this is my mum’s specialty and is absolutely foolproof. And although it looks like a lot, doing it step by step will make it a dish of no trouble at all. This navratri,let your best come out with our navratri special recipes: but don’t blame us if your guests never want to leave. Here’s to you the first one.


  • Raw bananas: 450 gm
  • Cardamoms: 6
  • Cinnamon: 1″stick
  • Cloves: 4
  • Coriander leaves: 4 tsp, chopped
  • Cream: 50 ml
  • Ginger Garlic paste: 30 gm
  • Ginger paste: 15 gm
  • Green chilies: 6
  • Mace (javitri) powder: a pinch
  • Oil to deep fry
  • Onions: 60 gm finely chopped
  • Onions: 60 gm roughly chopped
  • Red chili powder: 1 tsp
  • Salt to taste
  • Tomatoes: 2/3 cup, chopped
  • White pepper powder: 1 tsp


  • In boiling pan, put raw bananas skin on and boil them for about 30 minutes. Cool them, peel and mash.
  • To the mashed raw banana mix finely chopped onions, green chilies, coriander, white pepper, ginger and salt.
  • Mix well and roll into small balls and flatten them with the palm of your hands to make koftas. It should yield you about 15 koftas.
  • In a kadhai/ flat bottomed pan, deep fry the koftas and keep aside.
  • Leaving about 3 tbsp oil in the same pan, crackle cloves, cardamom and cinnamon. To this add the roughly chopped onions and sauté till the onions turn translucent. Now, pour in your ginger/garlic paste and sauté till brown.
  • Make puree of tomatoes and add it to the sauté along with red chilies and salt. Stir and cook and add about 1 and ½ cup of water.
  • When it boils, remove, strain and pour the soup in another pan on low heat.
  • To this add your koftas and let it simmer for atleast abour 4-5 minutes.
  • Add cream and stir and let the gravy thicken.
  • Remove from heat, sprinkle mace powder and cover and keep.
  • Serve with rice or parathas.


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