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Sunday, 2 November 2014

Raw Banana Thoran (Kerala Cuisine)

           This is a simple, easy and a traditional Kerala recipe, where raw banana  is cooked with fresh coconut. It is tempered with mustard seeds, curry leaves, red chilli and raw rice for a delicious flavour.  This happens to be one of the items in the Onam Sadya meal, and is relished as a side dish.

  • 3 raw bananas
  • 1/4 cup fresh coconut, grated
  • 2-3 garlic cloves
  • 1/2 tsp. cumin seeds
  • 1-2 green chilies
  • 2 sprigs curry leaves
  • salt to taste
  • 1/4 tsp. turmeric powder
  • 2 tbsp. coconut oil
  • 1/2 tsp. mustard seeds
  • 1 tsp. raw rice
  • 1 dry red chilli

          Pressure cook the raw bananas with the turmeric powder for 2 whistles. When cool, discard the skin and chop into cubes. 

          Grind the coconut, garlic, cumin seeds, green chilies and 1 sprig curry leaves into a paste. Keep aside.

          Heat oil in a pan and temper with the mustard seeds, dry red chilly, 1 curry leaves and raw rice. 

          After it stops spluttering, add the boiled banana, salt  and the ground paste. Saute on a low flame for 1-2 minutes and switch off the flame. Serve as a side dish with plain steamed rice, jeera rice, sambar-rice, curd-rice or chapatis.

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