Tuesday, 2 November 2010

Aratikaya Ava Koora

This raw banana (plantain / aratikaya / vazhaka) curry is in mustard base. The slight bitterness from the mustard paste gives a very interesting taste when combined with raw banana.

My mother prepares this curry once in a while instead of raw banana fry.

  • Raw banana - 1
  • Mustard - 1 tsp
  • Green Chilli - 1
  • Turmeric - 1/8 tsp
  • Coconut - as per taste (optional)
  • Salt - to taste
  • Oil - 1 tbsp
  • Soak mustard, green chilli in little water for about 15-20 minutes.
  • Make a paste of the above with very little water and keep aside.
  • Remove the peel of the raw banana and dice. As you dice, put the pieces in a container holding water sufficient to immerse the pieces. This is to avoid the discolouring of the raw banana.
  • Steam the raw banana stove or microwave for 5-6 minutes on high and then for 3 minutes on medium setting. You can also boil the veggie instead of steaming. If boiling you may add salt and little turmeric to the veggie.
  • In a kadai, add oil and heat. Add the steamed plantain pieces and fry for a couple of minutes. Now add the ground paste.
  • Add salt and turmeric if not added while steaming.
  • Simmer and saute for another 5 minutes till the raw smell goes.
  • Add freshly grated coconut or dessicated coconut and saute for another couple of minutes. Adding of coconut is optional.
  • Serve hot with steaming rice.

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