17 January, 2007

Plantain Kababs

This time when I was in India the very common veggie used by my Amma and Atte was Plantain. I had plantain Palya (Subji), Sambar, Huli, Chips, Stir fry, Kofta, Bhajia and ultimately Plantain Kabab. I know it’s a long list but I never got bored of eating them. Every dish cooked has its own taste and texture. They excel one another in different way. I loved my culinary adventure with this humble yet versatile veggie. Here is a recipe for making Kababs using plantain.

Plantain Kababs

2-3 Raw Plantains, peeled, cooked and roughly mashed
1 large Onion, finely chopped
3-4 Green chillies, finely chopped
½ inch ginger, finely chopped
1 tsp Red Chilly Powder
1 tsp Turmeric Powder
½ tsp Jeera/Cumin Powder
½ tsp Coriander Powder
1 tsp Kitchen King Masala
1 tsp Garam Masala
2 tbsp Corn flour
1 Lemon Juice
2-3 tbsp Coriander Leaves, chopped finely
Salt to taste
Oil for deep frying

Plantain Kababs

Take a pan and heat 2 tbsp of oil.
To this add chopped onion, chillies and ginger. Sauté them till onion turn transparent.
Add mashed plantain, salt, chopped coriander, corn flour and the entire masalas one after the other and mix well.
Switch off the gas and keep the mixture aside to cool down.
Take lemon sized balls of mixture and give them a desired shape.
Deep fry them in oil till they turn golden brown colour.
Serve them hot with tomato ketchup or any sauce/chutney of your choice.

Plantain Kababs

Try to avoid adding water while mixing the mixture. The plantain when cooked well has enough moisture to bind all the ingredients together.
You can coat the kababs with very thin coat of corn flour paste before deep frying.

Plantain Kababs


  1. Lovely pictures and a very interesting recipe, Supriya! I'll try it for sure. Love the plantain leaf and the paraphernalia around the kababs!
    BTW, what is the chutney/ketchup kept in? That is one cool-looking bowl!

  2. hi supriya
    nice recipe..with plaintain...i do sometimes with potato..

  3. Hey supriya,
    Just love all of your recipes and they are a real treat to my eyes too.... how do you manage to comeup with such wonderful pics.Keep it up.Well i always come to your blog to see them.hee..hee..

  4. hi vani,
    its just a plain good old tomato ketchup... thats a bronze plate which is very common at households back in my native.

    hi swapna,
    i too make potato kababs. i belive plantain is much more healthier than potato... correct me if i am wrong:)

    hey soumya,
    its my pleasure... glad u like the pics n the recipe:)

  5. Hi Supriya,

    Great recipe, great pics :). I usually make Kofta curry with Plaintain and my Ma makes awesome cutlets. Definitely on my "To Make" list.

  6. hi sangeeta,
    oh yes girl... plantain kofta curry and cutlets r really amazing...
    do let me know when u give it a try:)

  7. I was correct dear ! you are really Back with a Bang ! :D. these lovely posts are proof of that. :) . I love this too :)
    Great pics :) , and agian that Ganesha Spoon is attracting me :P.
    thanks for sharing your traditional recipes. :) .
    take care

  8. I just have a doubt,supriya,donno if its a silly question..Did you use ripe plantains here?And ur pictures and presentaion are gorgeous..

  9. Hi Supriya,
    Yesterday i tasted this in my friends house. Lovely presentation. Thanks for sharing.

  10. WOW!!!!! simply delicious!!!! Do you use the ripe ones or the raw ones???

    I love that spoon of yours!!!!

  11. poooooja:)
    he he he.. am i? ;) i too love that spoon:) will post the snap of my krishna spoon soon:)

    hi annita,
    i should have mentioned in my post itself:) sorry girl... i have used raw bananas. and thanx for ur compliments:)

    hi menu today,
    did u like it? i have noticed one thing while making these kabas, that they absorb lot less oil than the potato kababs.

    hi rooma:)
    he he he... i guess i will check for similar spoon and parcel it to u:)

  12. annita, i am not able to see ur blog as ur profile dont have ur blog link... can u plz write ur blog link dear?

  13. Hi Sia,what a surprise!I made similar Plantain one too and is ready to go next week!:))It's littte diff so I am safe!:))
    Looks great,again I love that spoon!:))

  14. plantain kababs look delicious !

  15. hi ashakka...
    oh... will wait for ur recipe:) can't wait to see what changes u have done:)

    hi krithika:)
    thanx girl:)

  16. What fabulous pictures!!! Loving that Ganesha spoon...you know, he's my fav.God. :)Can't wait too see your Krishna spoon!
    Plantain Kababs sound delicious..never made too many things with that yet.


  17. he he trupti... i am not sure whether u like the recipe or spoon more;) hey girl, planitain is very versatile veggie... all the recipes with potato can be replaced with raw banana and they will taste equally good... good for ur tummy too;)

  18. Suppi,
    Nice presentation as always and I love anything made out of plantain.

  19. Yummy recipe with lovely pictures..
    I love plantains in any dish palya, koodel-konkani curry coconut sauce, stir fry, deep fry anything. Never used Kitchen king, guess I will this weekend.

  20. u r my kind of girl manjula:) try kitchen king masala when u r cooking n.indian food. just add a tsp of it and u will definately notice the difference...

  21. hi seema:)
    enagu balekai tumba ishta.. specially bolu kodil with lots of bellulli in it:)

  22. Really need them on a cold day like this. Nice recipe and thanks for the same.

  23. Hi Supriya
    Nice recipe and usual beautifully presented. Was this in India ?


  24. hi lakshmi,
    do give them a try sometime...

    hi sandeepa,
    thanx girl... and yeah its one of the recipes i got from my india trip...

  25. Oh, duh! That's the spoon in a close-up! I thought it was a bowl! :)
    Again, LOVE the pix!

  26. Hi Supriya, Just read ur comment in my blog. Thanx 4 encouraging me. Good idea to use plantain, normally we never think beyond potatoes. Will surely try them.

  27. he he vani... now u got it:)

    hi archana,
    no prob girl... looking forward to see more recipes from u:)

  28. Hi Sups,
    Again a different and yummy snack from you, i never heard of plaintain kabab....
    Thanks for sharing dear...

  29. Hi Sups,

    Just saw your comment on my blog,actually the fun was i was commenting in your blog at the same time.

    Actually we are waiting for our new net connection dear,for time being i use to surf using my mobile, the speed is dead slow...hope everything would be cleared by next week..

    so nice of you.

  30. Hi Supriya, I came in from Trupti's blog and my eyes are glued to the screen. What a lovely collection of recipes and photos! I have never tried making kababs, but I think I will have to now :)

    Best wishes from Massachusetts!

  31. looks awesome. Having some plantain.
    Will try it. You have a nice blog! First time here.

  32. Dear Supriya, very nice presentation. must try once. Viji

  33. You have a commendable collection of recipes, Supriya.

    Beautiful presentation of a nice recipe. Love the spoon!

  34. @ usha,
    thank god u r there:) hope u get ur net connection very soon:) looking forward to see ur wonderful array of recipes:) come bk with a bang girl;)

    @ linda,
    welcome linda... thanks for ur complements:) do let me know when u give it a try:) happy blogging and happy cooking.

    @ just for fun,
    welcome to my blog... i just took a quick peek @ur blog and i am amazed to see beautiful presentation there. glad u stopped by. i will be regular guest to ur blog too:)

  35. Hi Supriya,

    Plantain is my favourite veggie.Nice recipe using plantain.The pictures are gorgeous!The spoon-I agree with the others,simply beautiful!

  36. @ viji,
    thanx girl:) glad to kw that u liked it:)

    @ sailaja,
    its really nice to get compliment from a person who makes my jaw drop with beautiful pics:) thank u for stopping by:)

  37. @ vini,
    then u must give it a try sometime:) thanku:)

  38. hey Sia, Thanks a lot yarr for adding me in your Blog list!!
    By the way did you get those lovely ornamental spoon from India.oh i fell in love with it.always wanted to have collections like that.


  39. @sharmi,
    its my pleasure dear. i am quite fond of ur blog already:)
    this ganesha spoon was my gift to my dad for anniversary. i got it from antique shop back in my native. i got myself krishna spoon which i am quite fond of. isn't it beautiful? my dad loves it a lot. he has got huge ganesha collection back at home. its made using panchaloha which means 5 metals(silver, gold, bronze, brass and i forgot the last one:)

  40. Great pics.. Love your blog ..
    Lots of mouth watering recipes
    have you been cooking since 5 :-)

  41. Sia - I love plaintains. And now the local american grocery store sells plaintains regularly! Yaay! My favorite is the Plaintain "Phodi" (sliced, coated with red pepper and rice powder and shallow fried!) Yumm.

    Love that Ganesha "tirth" spoon you have there! Very very nice!

  42. Hi Sia...This is something new for me.I will surely try this.And thank you very much for the comment in my blog..Me and my husband always admire your pics.


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