A simple curry of plaintains cooked in a coconut & spice base tastes very good with rice or chapathis
- 3 large or 4 medium sized plantains (raw bananas)
- half a lime size ball (or 2 tsp paste of tamarind)
- salt to taste
- 1/2 coconut grated (or 1 cup of grated coconut)
- 5-6 red chillies (I used Bedgi * see notes)
- 1 tsp coriander seeds
- 1/4 tsp cumin seeds
- 1/4 tsp turmeric powder
- 2 cloves of garlic with skin
- 1 tsp mustard
- 1/2 tsp coriander powder
- 1/2 tsp cumin powder
- 1 sprig or 7-8 leaves curry leaves
- 7-8 cloves of garlic crushed
- 1 red chilli broken into two
- 2 tbsp oil, preferably coconut oil
Wash the plantains, remove the skin carefully (so as to not damage the flesh) and cut into medium size cubes and soak in water (to avoid them from turning black). If you are using tamarind pulp, soak it in a little water to extract the juice.
On a hot tawa/skillet, roast the whole red chillies, coriander seeds and coconut one by one. Allow to cool and using a little water grind them along with the rest of the ingredients mentioned under 'For the masala' to a fine paste. Retain the water from the mixie
In a pan, bring 2 cups of water to a boil, add the tamarind water (or tamarind paste) and salt to taste and cook the plantain cubes till tender but not mushy.
Add the ground masala, mix gently and add a little of the water from the mixie. Adjust consistency of the curry as desired (if you wish to eat it with chapathis, then keep a semi dry consistency). Simmer for 2 minutes. Adjust salt to taste (remember that salt was added while precooking the plantain)
In another pan, heat the oil for seasoning. Toss in the mustard and when it stops spluttering add the curry leaves, broken red chilli, crushed garlic and finally add the coriander and cumin powders - quickly toss the ingredients in the hot oil using a spoon and remove from the flame immediately before the powders burn. Add this seasoning to the curry and cover the pan immediately so as to retain the aromas of the seasoning. Turn off the flame.
Serve hot with chapathis or rice.
I use Bedgi/Byadge variety of chillies that impart a great flavour & aroma to the dish. They are moderately spicy. If you are using the same chillies & prefer a spicy curry use 7-8 chillies. You may use Kashmiri chillies as well - increase the quantity by 2-3 chillies for a spicy curry.