Navratri snacking

New Delhi, Sep 28 : 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.

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