Raw Banana Cutlets | How to make Plantain Culets | Kacche Kele Ke Kebab
Crispy outside and soft inside, Raw Banana Cutlets, delicious melt in mouth VEGAN and GLUTEN-FREE Cutlets or Kebabs.
A light low calorie snack which is also DIABETIC FRIENDLY. Yes, made with Raw Bananas/Plantains and Oats, these NO ONION GARLIC Kebabs are a quick and easy to make snack option for the evening snack time or for get togethers.
Many people do not like the texture of Raw Bananas. These cutlets/kebabs are perfect for the fussy eaters who do not like raw banana curries or stir frys.
And the best part is that these are BAKED or PAN FRIED in low oil so these are healthy and guilt-free snack treat from kids to the seniors in the house.
Raw Bananas are availabe all round the year, so any time of the year you can make these and enjoy.
Chilli winters or Monsoon evenings these are perfect with a cup of masala chai. Even during summers enjoy these as chaat just like Aloo Tikki with yogurt and chutneys.
Health Benefits of Raw Bananas
Raw Bananas are widely used in Indian cuisine. You can steam, boil, fry and stir fry raw banana and use in in making delicious curries, koftas, stews and everyone’s favourite Chips.
Raw bananas is a rice source of dietary fiber, rich source of Vit. B6 and Vit. C but contains very little proteins and fat. Raw Bananas also have low glycemic index and takes more time digest thus lowering the amount of sugar released in blood, thus known to be diabetic friendly.
Also, these are filling due to high fiber content which provides bulk and promotes satiety.
These are also known to be gut friendly which promotes the digestive health and helps in overcoming the constipation and other digestive problems.
But apart from all these benefits, many people with weak digestive systems should avoid these as due to high fiber content it may be hard for them to digest. These should be cooked properly before eating.
These are used as a substitute to potatoes by Jain community in India and many others who avoid tubers like potatoes in their diet.
How to make Raw Banana Kebabs
Raw Banana– Choose green firm bananas.
Oats Powder– I used powdered rolled oats. You can roast oats a bit in a pan, then cool it down and grind to fine powder.
Other substitutes that you can use instead of Oats in the recipe– Roasted Chickpea flour(Besan), Roasted Black Chickpea Flour(Sattu), Fine Roasted Semolina(Sooji), Cornflour/Cornstarch(as known in US), Tapioca Flour.
Spices— Roasted Cumin Seeds Powder(Bhuna Jeera), Dry Ginger Powder(Amchur), Red Chilli Powder, Salt
Herbs– Fresh Coriander Leaves/Cilantro, Ginger, Green Chillies(as preferred).
Oil for brushing on cutlets and for pan frying (optional).
Method to make Plantain Cutlets
(Will soon upload the step wise video)
Usually people pan fry these cutlets oil. Frying gives it a crispy texture from outside. But I personally prefer BAKED Cutlets. Although the texture of baked cutlets is a lot different from the pan fried /deep fried ones, but the oil intake is reduced to minimum without compromising on the taste.
I have also made these in Air-fryer but since I am in India for a short period staying temporarily, I have not gathered much of the kitchen gadgets. I really miss my Air fryer. Hopefully very soon I go back and then will the pics/video for the Air -Fried version also. Checkout the steps to Air Fried these cutlets in the recipe Card.
How long we store Raw Banana Cutlets
You can make ahead and refrigerate Raw Banana Cutlets for 3-4 days. Heat in oven (preheat mode) or in air fryer on reheat mode. Or, simply on the gas stove on the griddle/tawa.
Freeze the cutlets for about a month and then reheat directly without thawing.
Variations and Substitutions
To make for Fasting Days(Vrat ki Tikki)
Raw Bananas are one the vegetables preferred by people during religious fasting, so you can substitute oats flour with amaranth flour(Kuttu Atta) or Tapioca flour(Arrowroot).
You can also add potatoes or sweet potatoes with raw bananas.
Many people also add bread crumbs for binding. If you run out of any of the above mentioned flours used for binding, then you can add bread crumbs.
Some of the recipes for low oil baked cutlets/kebab recipes from the blog that you will like to check..
Raw Banana Cutlets/Plantain Cutlets /Kachhe Kele Ke Kebab
- Pressure cooker
- Oven/Air Fryer/Griddle
- 6 Raw Bananas(small)
- ½-¾ Cup Oats Flour Grind quick rolled oats
- 2 tbsp Finely Chopped Coriander/Cilantro
- Fresh Ginger(small piece)
- 1-2 Green Chillies
- 1 tbsp Coriander Powder
- 1 tsp Red Chilli Powder
- 1 tsp Dry Mango Powder
- Salt as per taste
- Wash nicely raw bananas. Cut the tip and the end of bananas.
- Pressure cook for 2 whistles. Let the pressure come down naturally.
- You can also boil bananas in an open pan , it takes about 15 minutes.
- Once the pressure comes down, open the lid and take out the bananas.
- Let the bananas cool down and once they are easy to handle, take out the peel.
- Mash the boiled and peeled bananas with a fork. Please not bananas should be completely cool before adding spices else the kebab mixture will lose water.
- In motor pestle coarsely crush green chilies(if using) and ginger.
- Add oats flour, all the above mentioned spices(in ingredient section) and ginger green chilli paste. You can also add store bought ginger paste and finely chop chilies.
- Add finely chopped cilantro leaves and then mix the mixture well.
- It will be like a cookie dough. If the mixture feels a little lose then add 1-2 tbsp more oats flour.
- Now shape the cutlets /kebabs. Take some portion of kebab mixture about the size lemon, make a round ball and then flatten lightly with palms.
- Similarly make all the kebabs.
- Optional- You can roll the cutlets in oats powder. For that take 1-2 tbsp oats powder in a dish.
- Roll the cutlets nicely to coat the flour uniformly.
To Bake Raw Banana Cutlets
- Preheat Oven to 180°C.
- Bake Kebabs for 10-15 mins each from both the side.
- Grill for 5 mins. if you want a more brown color.
- Once done, take out of the oven and serve hot with ketchup or chutney of choice.
- To make in OTG keep both the rods mode on while baking.
To make in Air Fryer
- Switch on the air fryer mode.
- Arrange the kebabs in the basket.
- Air fry the kebabs at 180°C or 200°F.
To make on Griddle
- Heat a griddle on gas stove at medium flame.
- Add about 1-2 tbsp oil.
- Arrange kebabs and fry from both the sides till light/golden brown from both sides.
- Serve hot with Chutney or ketchup of your choice.
Do try these healthy, fiber rich Raw Banana kebabs. Make for your guests or family evening snack time. Enjoy the monsoon rains or chill winter evenings with a cup of ginger tea.
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