Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Katlis (Raw banana-Onion Fritter)

Katlis is a very simple snack. It consists of raw banana and onions, which is then coated with chickpea flour (besan) and deep fried to get crispy, delicious fritters. 
The story behind this fritter is- My husband's maternal grand father used to make these fritters some 20 years back. It was very popular among his grand children as well as the villagers. Few days back when I made golibaje, my husband was reminded of Katlis. So I called my mother-in-law to ask the recipe. I was very eager to try this new recipe. I made it the next day and it turned out very tasty. I could make out the happiness on his face when he was eating this( the memories started flooding in). 
Try making this and enjoy!

  • Raw Banana- 1
  • Onion, medium sized- 1
  • Chick pea flour/Besan- 1/2 cup
  • Rice flour- 2 tsp (optional)
  • Cumin seeds/Jeera- 1/2 tsp
  • Asafoetida- 2 pinches
  • Red chilli powder- 1/2 tsp (adjust accordingly)
  • Salt- To taste
  • Oil- For deep frying

Remove the peel of the raw banana and onion. Chop them finely.

Take a bowl and mix all the above mentioned ingredients along with the chopped vegetables. Add very little water (say 2-3 tsp) as the vegetables will leave some moisture.

I divided the mixture into seven parts (you can vary it). Take one portion of the mixture on a greased aluminium foil/zip loc/banana leaf and start spreading it into 6-7cm wide discs.

Fry these discs in a pre heated oil on a medium flame, until it turns golden brown on both sides. Take it out and drain it on a paper towel. Katlis is ready!!

Serve it hot. Above measurement serves two people.

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