Plantain Kofta in a Tangy Tomato Gravy

Happy  Friday everyone!!! For most of us weekends are worse than weekdays. Inspite of a never ending to-do list for the weekend, I always look forward to Friday evenings. So to make this Friday very special I decided to cook my mom’s signature dish the “plantain kofta gravy”. I love the tangy tomatoes in the gravy and its nicely balanced by the spicy kofta (balls). The kofta tastes even better when you soak it in the gravy overnight.  You can also make the kofta with potatoes.


 To make the kofta:

 Plantain (raw banana) – 4

Chilli- 2-3

Ginger – 1 inch cube

Cilantro – ½ cup

Cashew nut- ¼ cup

Salt to taste


Onion – 1 cup (finely chopped)

Tomato – 3 (medium sized)

Garlic – 3 pods

Ginger – ½ inch cube

Cashew nut – ¼ cup

Cumin seeds – 1 tbsp

Chilli – 2

Turmeric – ½ tsp

Chilli powder – ½ tbsp

Salt to taste

Butter – 1 tbsp

Cooking oil – 2 tbsp

Extra oil for frying the kofta


Step 1: To make Kofta

 1. Cut plantain in to 2 halves and pressure cook it.

2. Once cooked, mash it well.

3. Finely chop cashew nuts, ginger, green chilli and cilantro and add it to the mashed plantain.

4. Roll it into small balls and deep fry them in oil.


Step 2 : To make tomato puree

 Making fresh tomato puree adds a lot of flavor and that is the key to a tasty tomato gravy.

 1. Boil the tomatoes, peel and puree it in a blender


Step 3: To make the gravy:

 1. In a sauté pan, add 2 tbsp of oil and 1 tbsp butter and sauté finely chopped onion.

 2. In the meantime, grind ginger, garlic, green chilli, cumin seeds and cashew nut into a smooth paste. (add a little bit of water)

 3. Once the onion turn golden brown add the ground paste and cook it for about 2-3 minutes. Add turmeric, chilli powder and salt.

 4.Add freshly made tomato puree and cook it for about 5-7 minutes. If you think the gravy is too thick add 2 cups of water and let it cook.

 (You know the gravy is done when you see oil on the surface of the gravy)

5. Once gravy is done add the fried kofta to it and garnish with chopped cilantro.


5 Comments Add yours

  1. Sudha Chandrasekar says:

    Yummy yummy would love to try it.

  2. Please try it and let me know if you like the recipe 🙂

  3. swetha sree says:

    Hey suru, have been visiting here on and off , from nivy’s blog. You have a good collection of recipes and such brilliant pics :).

    Love the look of this plantain kofta curry, havent made koftas out of plantain. Bookmarked this to try it sometime.

    1. Thanks Swetha! It is definitely a great compliment coming from a fellow blogger 🙂 I really enjoyed reading your “food over IP” blog.You have some awesome recipes that I would love to try! And that is a very interesting name 🙂

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