• Aarti Kapoor

Raw Banana Stir-fry

An incredibly simple dish that will win you over.

A dish from southern part of India. Raw bananas are rich in dietary fiber, potassium and calcium making it ideal to include in your diet to promote a healthy lifestyle.

Ingredients:

2 medium raw bananas or 2 cups of peeled and chopped banana.

1 tbsp cooking oil you prefer. Coconut oil works best.

1 tsp urad dal

1 teaspoon mustard seeds

A pinch of hing (asafoetida) 1 or 2 dry red chillies - broken and seeds removed 1 sprig curry leaves or 8-10 curry leaves ¼ teaspoon turmeric powder ½ teaspoon red chilli powder ¼ cup water or add as required salt as required

2 tbsp fresh - coconut grated

Method:

Chopping raw bananas

  • Rinse the raw bananas first and peel them.

  • Chop them in small cubes. Add them in a bowl containing water, so that they don't darken. Keep aside.

Making the Stir-fry:

  • Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a shallow pan. Once hot, keep the heat on low and add 1 tsp mustard seeds. Let the mustard seeds splutter.

  • Then add urad dal and hing. Stir them well and saute for a minute.

  • Next add 1 or 2 dry red chillies (broken & seeds removed) and 1 sprig curry leaves. Mix very well and saute for a minute.

  • Then add the chopped raw bananas. Mix the bananas with the rest of the ingredients.

  • Next add 1/4 teaspoon turmeric powder, 1/2 teaspoon red chilli powder and salt as required. Mix very well.

  • Add 1/4 cup water. Mix again and cover the pan and cook the bananas on a low heat.

  • Check a couple of times when the banana is cooking. If the water dries up and the banana is not cooked, then you can add some more water.

  • Once the bananas have softened, then cook them without a lid, till all the water or moisture evaporates.

  • Keep stirring a couple of times when sauteing them. Take the pan off the heat once done and garnish with freshly grated coconut.

  • Serve with sambar-rice, rasam-rice, dal-rice or yogurt-rice.

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