Thursday, May 31, 2007

Vazakkai Poriyal / Plantain Curry

Plantain is one thing sure to be present in one form or the other in any Tamilian wedding. The tree is considered very auspicious, symbolically stands for its nature of giving raise to so many plantains at a time .. and thereby unlimited wealth. That being said, you can find the tree at the entry way at any function in our native place. There are a couple of huge plantain trees at my MIL's place , so fertile and green. It forms such a sight and is used from head to toe or in other words from leaves to roots :) . In South India banana leaves are used to serve food and is considered to have medical benefits to it. Eating food served in Banana leaf imparts a special taste and smell that nothing else can bring about. Plantains can be used for almost anything from frying to mashing and stuffing. They can also be cooked at any stage.. So if you are someone like me who gets stuff, puts it in the fridge and forgets about it.. this is your vegetable my friend. Never goes waste. It has always been one of my favourites. Amma makes so many varieties of plantain - poriyal, puttu, plantain peel curry.. the list goes on and they all compete with one another to get a top rank in my taste test. Couldn't decide then.. couldn't do it now. This is one of my own 'kitchen accidents' turned good just like Sia's "Bindi Fry in Yogurt"- Get stuff from fridge, cut it as per your moods at that moment, grind whatever you feel like, Do tadka, Mix it and Serve... Surprise surprise.. It tastes good. Just make sure to buy really raw plantains from the store otherwise you might end up with a slightly sweeter version like mine .. and that was because it was sleeping in the fridge and almost gave up hope on being discovered :(


Plantains - 2 nos
Channa dal - 1 tbsp
Urad dal - 1 tbsp
Red chilles - 3-6 nos, depending on your spice level
Black pepper - 1/2 tsp
Jeera - 1 tsp
Coconut - 1 tbsp
Turmeric powder - 1/2 tsp
Salt - as per taste

For seasoning:

Mustard - 1 tsp
Curry leaves - 3-4 nos


Cut plantain into small squares. Microwave for 4 minutes or until done.
Dry roast channa dal, urad dal, red chilles, black pepper, Jeera.
When they are brittle and reddish brown, add coconut and roast for a couple of minutes on low flame.
Grind into a coarse powder without adding any water. Set aside.
In a wide mouthed vessel, do tadka with mustard, turmeric powder and curry leaves.
Add the cooked plantain. Let it brown on sides by turning every couple of minutes on low flame.
Add the powder and salt. Mix well and let stand for 2 minutes.
Serve this with rice and kuzambu.


Sia said...

LOL meena... u r my soulmate girl;) i too buy some veg and stuff in fridge and completely forget abt it till i get some weird smell from fridge;)
i love plaintains too and its such a versatile veg like potato and ofcourse the healthier version of potato:) good to know that ur accidental cooking was successful;) its more fun when u cook something w/o following any recipe and it turns out gr8:)
if u dont mind, can i make one suggestion? post large pics of food u take which will make ur blog more appetizing;) i love to read ur write ups and slightly bigger picture will give it a visual oomph too:) just a friendly suggestion meena and its totally upto u to take it or leave it:) what ever is the case i will come back to ur blog very often:)

Meena Raj said...

Girl.. you are most welcome to give me any ideas. Your blog was one of the bunch that inspired me, so I am sure your suggestions will be good. I will most definitely try to take bigger pics. I can see how big a difference that can make. Thanks again for the lovely comment and keep them ideas coming.. I love to get honest opinions.

Asha said...

Look great Meena.I made plantains curry too yesterday.I will save this for next time.When I buy many vegs at the samt time,I cook next 3 days until I get thru all those and sometimes I freeze them if they are frrezable instead of cooking wilted vegs.A tip from a crazy cook!;D
Great write up!:))

Meena Raj said...

Thanks for your comments Asha. Yeah.. cooking and freezing will be a great idea instead of wasting the awesome veggies. Thanks for the tip. Do try the plantain curry sometime. It tastes yummy.

JennDZ - The Leftover Queen said...

I love plantains! That looks so good!

Meena Raj said...

Yeah, I am a big fan of plantains too. Love them. Please keep visiting.

pravi said...

thank u very much for ur help meena....I try this poriyal today... its very taste.... my husband also like it very much.Thanks a lot.