Navratri snacking

Crunchy raw banana cutlets (Photo: IANS)

New Delhi: Raw bananas are very nutritious and are a great source of fibre, beta-carotene, calcium, vitamin A and C. The gluten-free fruit can be used to prepare a variety of delicacies. Vijesh Modi, Senior Sous Chef at The Deltin, Daman, suggests a vegan recipe, which is ideal not just for Navratri fasting but also for regular meals.

Pan-cooked, crunchy raw banana cutlets


2 small raw bananas

2 medium potatoes

1/4 cup tapioca flour

1 teaspoon red chilli powder

1 teaspoon dried mint leaves

Himalayan salt (sendha namak)

3 tablespoons oil


1. Pressure-cook the bananas and potatoes with their peel on. Cook them for about 3 whistles or 10 minutes. Do not rush through this process as we want the bananas to be soft and tender to make a smooth mash.

2. Remove from water and allow them to cool. When comfortable to touch, peel potatoes and banana. Transfer it to a big bowl.

3. Mash potatoes and banana with a fork or potato masher.

4. Stir in all the spices and add Tapioca flour.

5. Grease your hands and shape tikkis.

6. Heat a heavy bottomed pan and add tikkis to it.

7. Cook tikkis for 8-10 minutes on low flame, turning occasionally until evenly browned on both sides.

Serve with phalhari green chutney.

 Published on: Sep 28, 2019 at 20:51 IST