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Saturday, 3 October 2015

Raw Banana Cutlets / Kache Kele ki Tikki Recipe / Navratri fasting food / Fruit diet - Festive cooking

Navratri is an important festival dedicated to the worship of the Hindu deity Durga. The word Navaratri means 'nine nights' in Sanskrit. During these nine nights , nine forms of Devi (Goddess) are worshiped. Devotees of Goddess Durga observe fast on this occasion of nine day long Durga Pooja celebrations twice every year - Vasant Navratri which comes in Chaitra month (March-April) and Sharad Navratri (September- October) with full faith and devotion.

This year the Sharad Navratri will begin from 13 th October 2015 which is just around the corner , so here I am with my first Navratri fasting food recipe - Raw Banana Cutlets or Kache Kele ki Tikki. These tikkis  are crunchy , tasty and nutritious snacks . They serve as a filling fruit diet during fasting and also can be served as a variation to the usual cutlets , also suitable for Diabetes patients.

Nutritionally , the green unripe banana is a good source of fiber , vitamins and minerals, and contains a starch that may help control blood sugar , manage weight and lower blood cholesterol levels.
Source: http://www.livestrong.com/article/507166-green-bananas-health-benefits

Ingredients:( makes 9 large Tikkis)
  • 3 Large raw Bananas
  • Handful of Peanuts
  • 2 Tbsp Sesame Seeds
  • 2-3 green Chilies
  • 2 tbsp of fresh coriander leaves finely chopped
  • 1/2 inch piece of Ginger
  • 1 tsp freshly ground black Pepper
  • 2 tsp Cumin seeds  
  • 2 -3 tbsp of fresh lemon juice
  • Rock salt ( Sendha namak) to taste
  • 1 tsp Ghee for shallow frying
  1. Wash the raw Bananas and trim both their ends. Place them in a container and steam them in a pressure cooker .

    2.  After cooling , peel them and mash them well with a spoon or fork.

 3.  Roast the Peanuts on a heated skillet , remove their skin by rubbing and grind them into coarse powder. Make sure you do not make a fine powder as the chunks give nice crunchy bite to the cutlets. Also make a paste of ginger , cumin seeds, green chili and coriander. Add all this to the mashed Bananas.

  4.  Add Salt , black Pepper powder and lemon juice. Mix all this very well and make into a dough.

5. Divide the dough into 9 equal parts and shape them either into round or oval tikkis. 

  6. Spread the Sesame seeds on a plate . Tap the tikkis on these Sesame seeds so that they coat well on both sides of the tikkis. On a heated non stick skillet sprinkle just 1 tsp of ghee and shallow fry the tikkis from both the sides until golden brown.

 7. Serve hot with sweet curd or any other dip of your choice. I have served it with sweet peanut chutney.

You can find more Fasting food recipes on my blog - Apple Rabadi , Sponge Rasgulla , Nariyal Burfi, Mishti Doi , Shrikhand , Rambutan and Banana Milk shake , Strawberry Milk shake , Dragon fruit and Banana Smoothie

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