Saturday, 19 December 2009

Minty Jack fruit-Raw banana cutlets

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Hi Friends.
Today I am posting an extremely tasty cutlet which is very rich in nutrients and is very healthy to eat. I made these cutlets for my elder one’s  school practical. He was supposed to carry a dish suitable for the health requirements of an adolescent girl.  As I have mentioned in raw Jackfruit Curry  that jackfruit it is a very good digestive, rich in fibers.
The raw banana contain tryptophan, an amino acid that can be converted to serotonin, leading to improved mood. Bananas are relatively high in Iron, which helps the body's hemoglobin function. Due to their content in fiber, they help restore a normal bowel function. In addition, diarrhoea usually depletes your body of important electrolytes (of which the most important is potassium, contained in high amounts in bananas). They also contain pectin, a soluble fiber (hydrocolloid) that can help normalize movement through the digestive tract. It is a good source of vitamins, minerals and carbohydrates essential for growing children. Green bananas contain indigestible short chain fatty acids (SCFAs) that are very nutrient to the cells that make up the mucosa of the stomach. These cells, when healthy, absorb calcium much more efficiently.
Mint is rich in minerals essentially Iron which is very important to maintain good Hb in our body. It is also known for it’s ability to soothe the digestive tract and to reduce the intensity and length of stomach aches. It has good antifungal properties. It is even thought to have benefits ac an anticancer food. ( source-http://health.learninginfo.org/benefits-mint.htm )
In addition to these three main ingredients I had also added bengal gram/ Chana dal which provided the protein content. Protein as we all know is very important for cell growth and cell division. In growing children a high protein diet is therefore very essential as it’s peak time for them to gain height and body volume. The proteins are also important for healthy functioning of our nervous system.
The cutlet is extremely succulent and just melts in mouth. The blend of all the ingredients provides it a delectable taste that I am sure every one will like. One must ensure while making these cutlets that all ingredients are partly coarse and not  completely ground to a  paste, this ensures that you can taste the ingredients and it also adds to the softness of the cutlets. The binding agent is normally not required but if it’s required add bread crumbs just enough that the cutlets can be shaped and do not break apart while cooking. Adding extra crumbs  will take away the succulence and softness of the cutlets.
I have shaped my cutlets into a heart shape, one can make any shape or just flatten to a  round shape. These can be served with sauce or green chutney . For other variations you can stuff them inside the bread to make a more wholesome meal. One can make rolls using the same mixture, in that case make oblong cutlets and stuff them in a roti along with some chutney and grated veggies.
Ingredients
Makes about 25
250-300 gm raw jackfruit cubed (approx)
2 raw bananas peeled and cubed
1 cup soaked bengal gram/ chana dal
1-1/2 cups fresh mint leaves
1 onion chopped finely
4-5 tbsp cilantro
1 inch piece ginger
4-5 garlic pods
7-8 green chilies
2 tbsp lemon juice
4-5 tbsp bread crumbs (if required)
salt to taste
oil for shallow frying
Spices
2 tbsp Chaat masala
2 tbsp cumin pwd
3-4 tbsp coriander pwd
1/2 tsp garam masala

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Method
Drain out the water from the soaked bengal gram. Pressure cook the jackfruit, raw bananas and bengal gram together. Ensure that it gets steam cooked and no water enters the utensil  in which all the three are kept (cover the utensil ). Two whistles in a pressure cooker are enough.
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Cool it and put it in a food processor’s blender. Add all the other ingredients (except oil) and spices, mix and grind coarsely.
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At this stage if you find that it has excessive moisture and can not be molded  properly being  excessively sticky, then only add the bread crumbs.
Take the mix in your palm and make cutlets. Shape them as per your liking.
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Take a non stick pan and smear it with a tbsp of oil and shallow fry the cutlets 3-4 at a time. They have to be handled very delicately. Once one side is done and nicely golden brown turn the cutlets and shallow fry on the other side. These do not need much cooking as most of the ingredients used are already cooked.
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Serve them with tomato sauce or green chutney.
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These can be served for breakfast or lunch with bread or as a roll or with tea as a snack.
Sending this to EC’s WYF- Tea time snack

and to Yasmeen’s  Heath Nut Challenge 3- Healing foods
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47 comments:

Tina said...

Wow...what a great idea...Never prepared cutlets with jackfruit...Looks delicious....

shanthi said...

Different snack and crispy

Pari said...

Dear Shanthi, it's not at all crispy, it's very soft.Probably the outer crust looks like that.

Gouri Guha said...

Your cutlets make me feel hungry. I have made jackfruit cutlets but adding raw bananas, something new. No doubt this is very healthy and nutritious. A good share.
...and keep smiling...

Angie's Recipes said...

Great afternoon snack!

Sreelekha Sumesh said...

Interesting recipe.Looks really good.

Sandhya Hariharan said...

Lovely idea... I did hop in few hours back and read the post... Forgot to add my comment :)
This cutlet is soo beautifully done!!

Balakrishna Saraswathy said...

A lovely cutlet made with jack-fruit..yummy yummy...very new recipe one should give a try soon:)

Deepti said...

A very healthy n tasty snack...thanks for sharing the benefits in detail.

Sailaja Damodaran said...

Lovely shape......very healthy.

Preeti Kashyap said...

lovely!...this is something new...shd try!

Khaugiri said...

GR8 idea!!!! Healthy too....

Sarah Naveen said...

Wow!! thats a great veg cutlet ..loved it..I m gonna try it...yummyyyyyy

Anu said...

Never heard about it... Yummy.... Looks delicious...

Anncoo said...

What a great combo~~ Thanks for sharing.

priya said...

superb!!!.....lovely combination!..looks so delicious!

Soma Pradhan said...

Nice Recipe.. I love Jack Fruit

Padma said...

They look so cute and nice in shape and very tempting. Nice recipe Pari.

Priya said...

Jackfruit and raw banana cutlets, wat a unique combination, never heard this combo..looks fantastic..

A 2 Z Vegetarian Cuisine said...

Bookmarked this delicious and healthy cutlet, got to try it. Perfect balanced food.

Gita said...

Wow...what a delicious and healthy cutlets...looks so tasty :)

PJ said...

these cutlets are making me hungry! very innovative ones!

Priya said...

raw banana cutlet is new to me..luks deli..will try this..

Cham said...

Totally new and healthy cutlet!

RAKS KITCHEN said...

very new to me,perfect for the weather right now here,making me hungry :)

Latha said...

Cutlets look yummm....will try it for sure when I get back to kerala..as we dont get jackfruits here :(.

jayasree said...

New recipe for me... Well shaped cutlets. Pics are droolworthy. Bookmarked

Kitchen Flavours said...

Wow...very yummy looking cutlets...love the shape....

Nandini said...

Cutlets made out of two great greenies! The twist is nice and cool! I love the shape of the cutlet and it looks palatable!

Shri said...

Those hearts look so cute to me!!And the jackfruit cutlets is just a great idea, Pari!

Anshika said...

Mouthwatering cutlets. I loved jackfruit cutlets but never made using bananas. Nice recipe.

Yasmeen said...

Nutritious cutlets.Jackfruits are difficult to find here ,can it be substituited with any other fruit or vegetable ?.thanks for the entry :D

Simply Life said...

Oh I love the heart shapes! Everything looks wonderful!

Pari said...

Thank You friends for appreciating the Cutlets.
@Yasmeen, Hi dear. I am yet to find a fruit which is as fibrous as Jackfuit and absorbs the flavours like it, but I guess one can try spinach or Yam, they will impart a slightly different flavor but are worth trying.
I have posted Kababs with Yam earlier.

chakhlere said...

WOW!! They look so crispy and yummy. What a great and healthy snack. Very creative.

Parita said...

Hats off to you dear, such a unique combination!!

Katy ~ said...

These look so nice! Lovely presentation and photographs. We do not have jackfruit here but I would certainly like to try this. Looks crispy good and made with healthful ingredients in a creative way. Well done!

Preety said...

cutlet looks so perfect..

Malar Gandhi said...

Well said about tryptophan and serotonin, count me in for this kind of healthy recipes...its so meaningful choice for your child's school project. Congrats on your effort. Lovely clicks, infact.

EC said...

Quite a nice change from the usual snacks...thanks for the entry

Dolly said...

Thats one creative dish. Looks delicious and beautiful. Enjoyed reading all the health benefits of raw banana,mint and jackfruit. This info will make me use them more in my cooking. I'm sure your son would have got the top grades in his practical and must be so proud of his mommy dearest.

Pari said...

Thanks a lot Malar and Dolly for reading my post so carefully and understanding the health benefits.. and for those wonderful comments.

kothiyavunu said...

Though we make raw jackfruit dishes....this is very new to me...interestingInteresting..Looks and sounds yummy.
Will def give it a shot some day.

priya said...

Hi dear,

Please accept the award from my blog!

my kitchen said...

Different cutlet,looks really good

Anupama said...

Awww, those are so cute! The hearts really stand out Pari and a very unique combo of veggies for cutlets... way to go!

TREAT AND TRICK said...

Hi..my first visit here, you have great blog with interesting recipes. This cutlet is different from to normal one we use to make, thanks for sharing this wonderful recipe...

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