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April 27, 2014

Plantain Dry Powder (Curry )

Plantain or raw banana are best when described as counter parts of ripen bananas with rich green color , loaded with tons of fiber in them. They not only contains fibre they are rich in potassium , vitamin C , vitamin A , B6 and can be considered as a addition to one of the super foods .
Today I want to share a unique recipe made form plantain which is good with Idli , dosa or with any tempered rice or plain rice . One extra treat is that this recipe is made with 1 teaspoon of oil .
Let's treat our taste buds with the unique flavor of plantain, I am sure it craves for more after tasting this  :)

Plantain 1 fresh
1 Teaspoon  oil (I used Canola Oil for its mild flavor)
Mustard Seeds 1 table spoon
Fenugreek Seeds 7 to 8 count
Cumin Seeds 1/2 teaspoon
Coriander Seeds 1 table spoon
Black Gram (Whole/split) 2 table spoons
Chana Dal / Split Chick Peas 2 table spoons
Ground Nuts 5 table spoons
Red chilies 8 to 10 (according to taste )
Coriander Leaves 1/4 cup fresh
Garlic Pods 1/4 cup or according to taste
Salt for taste

Tempering :
Black Gram 1 teaspoon
Mustard Seeds 1/2 teaspoon

Cooking Time :
Preparing Time : 10 minutes
Cooking Time : 10 Minutes

Step 1: Select fresh plantain rinse and wash . Now grease the veggie with a little of oil all around . Take a fork and dock all  thorough the surface of the veggie .
Step 2: Now place it on the stove and roast in low flame  , you can rotate it just like corn with its shank or tip.
Step 3: Let it cool after roasting , mean while dry roast all the ingredients separately as shown . After the roasted plantain is cooled peel the skin and clean it with warm water for any extra residue of ashes and mash it .

Step 4: Now in a blender make a smooth powder of all the dry roasted ingredients , lastly add the garlic pods and give it some pulses to blend them.

Step 5: Now in a pan add one teaspoon oil and the tempering taken. when it sputters add the mashed plantain and fry it until it turns golden brown .

Step 6: Now add the prepared masala to the fried plantain , salt for taste and give a good toss. Turn off the heat and let it cool . After cooling store it in a air tight container and use as required  . This powder has a  long shelf life with great taste .

  • When selecting a plantain to take home and cook, look for firm, deep green plantains that feel heavy in your hand. Do not buy overripe or damaged fruits, as they won’t turn out as well.
  • Be sure not to over roast the plantain as it may end up adding burnt taste to the dish.
  • While preparing dosas sprinkle some of the powder, and roast the dosa only one side and serve hot .

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