Papaya/Papita is a great source of Vitamin C, Vitamin A, Dietary Fibers and Magnesium for your body. But, however nutritious it may be, most people don’t tend to like the taste of it. People often think of papaya recipes to be overly complicated and what not, however it can be a very simple recipe. This Papite ka kofta recipe can be used for normal home cooking as well as for special occasions. The softness of the papayas also helps in making the koftas delicate and juicy, which can be served with rice as well as chapatis.
In this recipe, I have used a normal onion-tomato gravy but you can further experiment and use malai gravy or tomato gravy too. Palak gravy is also another option one can try out. For Malai Gravy, you can use a paste of cream and kaju/cashew nuts or cream and poppy seeds. On the other hand, for Palak Gravy, you can use puree of blanched Spinach/Palak.
Another variation to this recipe would be to give it a South Indian flavour and touch, who doesn’t like South Indian anyways. Coconut cream or milk is recommended.
- 1 medium sized grated papaya/papita.
- 5-6 tbsps of gramflour/besan.
- 3 medium sized onions.
- 2 medium sized tomatoes.
- 5-6 garlic cloves.
- 2-3 green chillies.
- 2 tsp of cumin seeds.
- 1 tsp of mustard seeds.
- 1 tsp of coriander powder.
- 1 tsp of turmeric powder.
- half a tsp of red chilli powder.
- 1 tsp of garam masala.
- Oil for masala as well as for deep frying.
- Chopped coriander for garnish.
- Half a tsp of baking soda.
- Grate the papayas using a grater and squeeze the excess juices and separate.
- Mix the grated papaya with 5-6 tbsps of besan, salt, 1/2 tbsp of chili powder and 1/2 tbsp of baking soda to make it into a dough, enough to hold a round shape.
- Make several small balls/koftas from the dough and keep them aside.
- Heat sufficient oil in a pan, and deep fry the round balls/koftas until golden brown.
- Take a blending jar with 2 onions, 5-6 garlic cloves and a tsp of jeera/cumin and blend to a smooth paste for the gravy.
- Grate 2 medium sized tomatoes or blend them, according to your preference.
How to Cook?
- Add 2-3 tbsp of oil in a pan/kadhai, wait for it to heat, and add cumin/jeera and mustard seeds.
- After it gets crackled, add chopped onions and let them fry until transparent.
- Add the onion-garlic paste and saute for 5-6 mins on a medium flame.
- Add grated tomatoes and coriander powder, turmeric powder, red chili powder and garam masala/all spice and cook it till oil separates.
- Add two cups of water to the masala/gravy and bring it to boil.
- Wait for the gravy to thicken a bit, then put out the flame, add the papaya koftas/balls to it and give it a stir.
- Coarsely chop a handful of coriander leaves for garnishing the dish.
Furthermore, it is recommended that you serve this with chapatis and/or steamed rice.
So, this was my recipe of Papite ka Kofta. Do try and let me know below in the comments.
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