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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
 Method:
  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


28 comments :

  1. Perfect timing for the festival season. Looks so good; I love that you have added peanuts, my favorite!!!

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    1. Thank you Vanitha . Peanuts give a lovely nutty flavour and crunch to the cutlets.

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  2. My mouth is watering as i read your post Poonam. Perfect timing for this. I should make these asap!

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    1. Thank you Sandhya. Do give it a try. I. Sure you will love it.

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  3. I love these cutlets, addition of peanuts makes it al the more healthy and delicious. Wonderful share.

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    1. Thank you Praneetha. These are loved at my place too.

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  4. These raw banana cutlets are looking so healthy snacks during festive time. Lovely share poonam !!

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    1. Thank you Sasmita. These cutlets make up for a breakfast treat on regular days as well.

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  5. Wow this is the perfect recipe for fasting, plus looks so so delicious. I would love to fast if I get this.

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    1. Thank you Renu. These cutlets indeed make a flavorful treat with the peanut yogurt dip.

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  6. It looks so scrumptious. My mouth is watering. Some raw banana cutlets, sweet and green chutney and some masala chai, my life is set. :)

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    1. Absolutely Dhwani, these cutlets make a perfect tea time snack.

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  7. These cutlets sounds so healthy and delicious. Beautifully presented.

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  8. These raw banana cutlets look so delish. Great recipe for Navratri. Addition of peanuts and sesame truly enhances the taste.

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    1. Absolutely Lata, these raw banana cutlets are both delicious and healthy treats whether fasting or not.

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  9. babe this navratri this is in my list to cook. I love raw banana a lot. Surely these cutlets will be filling as well as healthy. A great recipe to indulge in fasting.

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    1. Thank you Bhavna. Looking forward to your feedback once you try out the recipe.

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  10. The raw banana cutlets looks amazing..it makes a great healthy snack and the crunch of peanuts in every bite makes it yummy

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  11. I love these cutlets delicious and flavourful , right time and right recipe for the Navratri festival.

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  12. These raw banana cutlets will certainly make Navarati food special. Sesame on the top are lifting the looks and I'm sure taste too of these cutlets

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  13. Wow, I love raw banana bajjis but never tried cutlets with them. Sesame toppings make this much more interesting. Bookmarking it.

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    1. Cutlets with raw banana are more healthy then the bhajis and they taste equally good. Do give it a try Nisha

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  14. That looks delicious dear! Makes a wonderful snack and great option for navrathri fasting! Both the toppings and its shape looks cute and tempting!

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