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Monday 24 August 2015

Raw Banana Curry with Green Peas - (A Perfect Side Dish - Andhra Style)

          Turn this humble veggie into an absolutely delicious and appetizing curry. I kept it dry to be had with any Indian bread. The addition of the aromatic Andhra spice (kura karam podi) adds a distinct flavour to the preparation. 

          Substitute it with sambar / rasam powder. That will give a punch to the dish. It can also be relished as a side dish with either curd-rice, sambar-rice or a simple dal/kadhi-chawal. Do add some lime juice for a tangy flavour. So check out the step by step pictorial recipe to prepare it.

  • 2 raw plantain, skinned & chopped
  • 1/2 cup frozen green peas
  • 2-3 tbsp. oil
  • 1 tsp. mustard seeds
  • 1 sprig curry leaves
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 4-5 garlic cloves
  • 1" ginger, chopped
  • 1 tomato, chopped
  • salt to taste
  • 1/2 tsp. turmeric powder
  • 1 tsp. roasted cumin powder
  • 1 tbsp. roasted coriander powder
  • 1 & 1/2 tbsp. kura karam powder / sambar powder
  • coriander leaves & sliced onion to garnish

          Grind the onion, ginger, garlic and tomatoes to a smooth paste. Keep aside. Heat 1 tbsp. oil in a non-stick pan and fry the chopped banana till light brown. Drain and keep aside. 

          Heat remaining oil and temper with mustard seeds. Allow it to splutter. Then add the ground paste and curry leaves. Sauté till the oil separates from the sides of the pan.

          Now add all the dry spices and mix well. Add the fried banana, green peas and 1/2 cup water. Cover and simmer on low flame till the gravy thickens. 

          Serve, garnished with coriander leaves and sliced onion. Relish with either chapattis or rice.

                                Heat 1 tbsp. oil & fry bananas till light brown. keep aside.

                     Heat remaining oil & temper with mustard seeds. Allow it to splutter.

                            Add ground onion paste & curry leaves. Sauté till oil separates.

                                Add all the dry spices & mix well.

                  Add fried banana, green peas & 1/2 cup water. Simmer, covered till the
                  gravy is thick.

                   Serve, garnished with coriander leaves & sliced onion. Enjoy as a side dish                                         with chapattis or rice.

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