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Green Banana Curry - 2 (Mamta’s)

Kachche Kele ki Rasedar Sabji - 2

Mamta Gupta

Green Banana Curry is one of the less well known curries of India. It is easy to make and quite delicious. Here I have made it a little differently to a north Indian curry, where I come from. It has a sauce/gravy with a rich coconut flavour, with the hint of curry leaves aroma. Serves 4

My mother made all sorts of green banana dishes, because my father always had a few varieties of banana growing in his garden. Wherever he moved, his banana plants went with him. Whenever I am in a supermarket and they happen to have a box of very green looking bananas they are just putting out, I can't resist to buy a few. Look for other green banana recipes on this website. Serves 3-4

Ingredients

  • 500 gm. green bananas (not plantain)

  • 1 medium sized onion

  • 2 cloves of garlic

  • A small piece, about 1 inch., fresh finger root, peeled

  • 1 tbsp. oil

  • 1 tsp. black mustard (rai) seeds A hand of curry leaves, with leaves stripped off it

  • 1 (or more) dry red chilli

  • 1/4 tsp. chilli powder, adjusted to taste

  • 1 tsp. turmeric powder

  • 1 tsp. salt, adjusted to taste

  • 1/2 cup tinned/mashed tomatoes or 1 tbsp. tomato puree

  • 2 inch tamarind pulp, dissolved in ¼ cup of water

  • A small cup, about 2 tbsp. full coconut milk powder, dissolved in 2 cups of hot water

  • 1/4 tsp. Garam Masala

Instructions

  1. Wash, top and tail, peel and slice bananas thickly. Place them in a bowl of water to stop them discolouring. Save skins.

  2. Heat oil in a pan.

  3. Add mustard seeds, chilli and curry leaves. When the seeds crackle they jump all over, so it is better that you keep a lid on at this stage.

  4. Add onion, ginger, garlic mince and fry until beginning to turn brown.

  5. Add tomatoes, spices and salt. Stir-fry until it looks shiny.

  6. Add bananas and stir fry for 20 seconds.

  7. Add coconut in water, bring to boil, cover and simmer until bananas are soft.

  8. Serve with Boiled Rice and/or Chapatties and Parathas.

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