Raw Banana Fry / Plantain fry / Valakkai Poriyal

>>  Saturday, April 28, 2012

It's been a hectic day to start with and I really won't want to spend more than required time to do this post. I am really happy that I have these posts where I only need to talk and not think about how I made the dish. Most times I either note down things in draft. However trust me, I hardly understand that myself after a while. So I try my best to write as clearly as I can when I am noting down a recipe that I made. Since I can never recreate a recipe completely without any alteration, I know I might miss out the taste if I don't write it right away.

That reminds me that it's been years since I have actually stopping writing. I mean using a pen. So the occasionally writing that I do, turns out to be a tortuous exercise. The most funny things will be when my colleagues are trying to understand what I wrote. I request them to stop even trying! I once told them that I used to have a pretty handwriting. They won't believe me seriously. Then I told them that I said it was pretty but not whether it was legible or readable! I was in love with my own handwriting for a long time. Now I hardly ever want to look at it. Well for one reason I can't understand it myself, second I will feel very low, thinking why on earth I am not gifted with a beautiful writing. And of course I won't tell you about singing!
Anyway coming to the recipe, this was something I first ate in parents home. Amma cooked it for me as I love raw plantain fry. It has that twist that really appealed to me and wanted to make it the next time I cooked it myself. For a simple recipe as this I literally had to ask her so many times. Then finally one day when Amma came home, I sat right then and drafted it while she dictated. I know I can't trust myself writing and then again going in search for her. 

Plantain Poriyal | Vazhakkai Varuval

Ingredients Needed

Raw Banana / Plantain - 1 big
Salt to taste

For the ground paste
Green Chilies - 3
Jeera / Cumin Seeds - 1/2 tsp

For the Tempering
Mustard Seeds,. Urad dal - 1/2 tsp
Curry leaves
Turmeric powder a pinch
Coconut, grated - 1 tbsp
Oil - 1 tsp

How to make the Plantain Poriyal

Wash and peel the outer skin from the raw banana. Cut into 1 inch pieces. In a pan, boil the plantain pieces along with salt. Boil for 5 -7 mins till the plantain is soft.

Then heat a pan with oil, add mustard seeds, urad dal and curry leaves. Once the mustard splutters, add the green chili - jeera paste. Saute well and add turmeric powder. 

Once it's cooked for couple of minutes, add the grated coconut and saute well. Now add the cooked plantain and mix everything together. Simmer with lid covered for couple minutes

Serve with Sambar and Rice

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Vidhya April 28, 2012 at 12:26 AM  

the whole thali looks really tempting

Rajani April 28, 2012 at 12:30 AM  

Oh god! You crack me up :)). I too have forgotten how it is to write with a pen, so much so that we had to throw out some 8-10 new pens in their boxes out since they have never been used and the ink had dried up!

Nice porial. You do a great job at jotting down the recipe perfectly. I know I can trust a recipe if its from your space. It really is an art!

Shobha April 28, 2012 at 12:33 AM  

I love it with sambar rice.

Priya April 28, 2012 at 1:03 AM  

Serve me this fry with hot piping rasam, just love it..i do the same way too..

PriyaVaasu April 28, 2012 at 1:07 AM  

My hubby's favorite!!!Easy to make and a Delicious Curry!!!!

foodiliciousnan April 28, 2012 at 1:49 AM  

The green chili-jeers combination sounds so different and interesting for a dry curry. Must try sometime. Valli, Thank your mum for me!

Suma Gandlur April 28, 2012 at 2:35 AM  

Never tried the paste you mentioned with plantains. Thanks. Now I can try another variation.

Champa April 28, 2012 at 3:22 AM  

I love bananas. I can live on them. But plantains? I don't think so. The only thing I like made from them are chips. Nice thali.

Gayathri Kumar April 28, 2012 at 5:40 AM  

Very simple yet tasty fry...

Jayanthi April 28, 2012 at 6:04 AM  

Oh in this computer world, hand writing has no value so don't worry...the poriyal is looking very good. Nice Valli...

Pavani April 28, 2012 at 7:24 AM  

I love raw bananas and the curry looks simple and delicious. LOL about your handwriting.

The Pumpkin Farm April 28, 2012 at 9:31 AM  

very simple and nice recipe...some recipes are such good reflections of us...i think this dish is one of those, a simple, healthy and perfect most indian basic recipes are

Harini-Jaya Rupanagudi April 28, 2012 at 11:32 PM  

Good one. I don't cook plantains at all at home :(
Reg writing with a pen, I agree with you :)

Nalini's Kitchen April 29, 2012 at 5:20 AM  

Tempting thali,Fry looks delicious and one of my favorite.

Cool Lassi(e) April 29, 2012 at 8:07 AM  

If I have to think about my shortcoming, i will have to start with the my short frame. While 5'5" isn't really short, by Indian standards, I wish I was a bit taller. That I had a pretty handwriting..more brains..great looks..list goes on..

Valakkai poriyal looks simple and scrumptious.

Preeti Garg April 29, 2012 at 10:26 AM  

awesome platter

Aarthi April 29, 2012 at 11:12 AM  

poriyal looks so good..

Chef Mireille April 29, 2012 at 7:05 PM  

I love plantain cooked any way...thali platter looks great!

Vardhini April 29, 2012 at 11:51 PM  

One of my quick fix poriyals. Looks yummy.


Kalyani April 30, 2012 at 9:54 AM  

super yum ! vazhakkai curry with spice powder is another variant I make !

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PJ April 30, 2012 at 5:30 PM  

Srivalli, I love to write and even now,I do it just for the pleasure of writing :).
Curry with a paste sounds new and tasty...

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