April 13, 2010

Masala Keli

I joined the Great Vega'N Vegetarian project some time ago. I noticed that Cynthia had written a post about steamed plantains for breakfast. It took me back to a time (and place, more importantly) when plantains were easily available. As a child, I don't remember having eaten steamed plantains. I ate them as an adult when someone told me they made for an ideal breakfast.

This dish, however, is one that my mother dished out whenever she could lay her hands on the nendrampazham. A very typically konkani dish that is sweet, spicy and sour, all at once. I asked a colleague to get me half a dozen of these plantains and when he did, I made this.

4 Ripe Plantains (Nendrampazham/Rajali Keli), peeled and diced
3-4 tbsp Coconut
2-3 Green Chillies, finely chopped
1 tbsp Jaggery, grated
2-3 tbsp Coriander Leaves, chopped
2 tsp Tamarind Paste
Salt to taste

For the tempering:

2 tsp Oil
1/4 tsp Mustard Seeds
1/4 tsp Asafoetida
1/2 tsp Turmeric Powder

In a pan, heat the oil and add the mustard seeds. When they splutter, add the asafoetida and the turmeric. Add the green chilli and the diced banana pieces and fry for a couple of minutes. Add the rest of the ingredients and cover and cook for 4-5 minutes. Remove the cover and allow the banana pieces to caramelize a bit.

Enjoy this dish for breakfast or as a tea time snack. I can't seem to ever have enough of this. Let me know what you think.


Veggie Hut said...

thats toatally new to me.. its healthy anyways..interesting preparation

Unknown said...

Wow Raaga, a very different recipe of plantains. I will surely try it next time.

Nithu Bala said...

Such a wonderful recipe..never used jaggery with plantain curry..I'l try this..

Soma Pradhan said...

The curry Looks great dear

Aparna Balasubramanian said...

The minute I saw "keli" in the title, I knew there was a Konkani connection! :)

Lovely blend of flavours.

Parita said...

I love plantains! dish looks very tasty.

sra said...

How unusual, I don't think I know about ripe plantains cooked in a savoury way!

sangeeta said...

hopped in here from Miri's blog though i have seen this wonderful blog earlier too...n have commented too if i remember correct..
this particular dish looks tempting as i love plantains , do you get ripe plantains in the market or you let them ripe in the fruit basket ?
i have done some experiments with accidentally ripened ones but this one looks like a must try.......

Jfiyah83 said...

mmmm this masala looks so good. i shouldn't be looking at this in the middle of the night, cuz im starving right now.

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Priya Sreeram said...

good one !

suresh said...

good one, i added a few diced shallots .. tasted nice. thanks.

suresh said...

nice one. i added a few chopped shallots too. tasted nice.