Friday, October 29, 2010

Raw Plantain Curry

I made this curry accidentally one day and we loved it so much that we have been making this very often. I was planning to make a raw plantain fry by parboiling them and accidentally over boiled them. So, I made this curry instead of the original stir fry and was more than happy that the accident happened :).

Raw Plantain - 1, peeled, diced into small pieces
Chilli Powder - 1 tsp
Turmeric Powder - 1/4 tsp
Tamarind - small lemon size, soaked in warm water
Jaggery - small piece(optional)
Water - 3 cups

Dry Roast and Grind to Powder:
Fenugreek seeds - 5 or 6
Cumin Seeds - 1/4 tsp
Coriander Seeds - 1 1/2 tsp

For Tempering:
Oil - 1 Tbsp
Dry Red Chillies - 2
Mustard Seeds - 1/4 tsp
Cumin Seeds - 1/4 tsp
Split Bengal gram - 1/4 tsp
Garlic pods - 3, roughly crushed

Method of Preparation:
1. Boil water in a vessel and add the diced plantain pieces, salt and turmeric powder to the boiling water. Cook covered. After the plantain pieces become soft, add the tamarind extract to it. 
2. Slightly mash the plantain pieces with a masher or using the back of a strong ladle.
3. Add the ground powder, chilli powder, jaggery and mix well. If the mixture becomes too thick, add little water to get to the desired consistency.
4. Heat oil in a small pan, add the mustard seeds, let them splutter, then add cumin seeds, split Bengal gram, broken dry red chillies and crushed garlic pods.
5. Fry till the garlic pods turn golden brown. Add this mixture to the boiling curry, adjust the salt and let it simmer for a couple of minutes.
6. Enjoy the hot raw plantain curry with hot steamed rice.



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