Friday, March 9, 2012

Vazhakkai Masala Curry (raw banana)

#VazhakkaiMasalaCurry #BananaMasalaCurry : #RawBanana [ unripe banana ]is used in the preparation of this tasty curry. This curry is made with specially ground coconut masala paste.

Vazhakkai Masala Curry [ Raw banana masala curry ]

Ingredients :
Vazhakkai (raw Banana)                  :1
Capsicum chopped                            :1/4 cup [ optional ]    

Vazhaikkai [ Raw Banana ]

For masala
Onion (medium size )                        : 1
Coconut grated                                : 2 or 3 Tsp
Red chilli                                          : 2 ( preferrable )
or green chilly                                   : 1 
Jeera (cumin seeds )                         : 3/4 tsp
Dhaniya Powder( coriander )           : 1 tsp
or coriander seeds (Dhaniya )          : 1/4 tsp
Sombu  ( Fennel )                           : 1/2 tsp
Garlic                                             : 2 cloves (optional)
small onion (optional)                      : 4 (if available)
Curry leaves                                    : 10
Coriander leaves                             : 2 Tbsp
Salt                                                : 1/4 tsp for masala & 1/2 tsp for vazhakkai

For tempering : 

Mustard seeds                                 :1/4 tsp
Split urad dhal                                 : 1/2 tsp
Red chilly powder                           : 1/4 tsp
Oil                                                    1 or 2 tsp

Method :
To prepare masala.
Take grated coconut,red chillies, sombu, jeera, coriander powder(or 1/4 Tsp coriander seeds), garlic & salt in a mixie jar.
First grind all the above ingredients without water.
Then add required amount of water then grind coarsely.
Now add chopped onions. Just let the mixie run for a few seconds and grind the onion coarsely.
Keep aside the prepared masala.

Peel off vazhaikkai's skin.
Cut it into equal thickness pieces and keep in a bowl filled with water to avoid discoloration of vazhakkai pieces. 
But I usually peel off vazhaikkai and keep it in water. 
I used to chop it while tempering. 

Now keep a kadai on a stove.
Add a tsp of oil.

First crackle the mustard seeds then add a tsp of urad dhal.
When the dhal turns golden brown color, add a pinch of turmeric powder & 1/4 tsp of red chilly powder ( only if the curry to be more spicy ) & immediately add vazhakkai pieces.
Saute for a few seconds.
Close the kadai after adding enough salt.
[ If the vazhakkai is fresh just close with the lid otherwise sprinkle little bit of water before closing with lid. ]
Vazhakkai takes very less time to get cooked.
Once its well cooked add the ground masala & mix well.

Keep stirring at regular intervals.
Finally add chopped capsicum and saute till the masala & the vegetables blend together and completely dry without water.
Garnish with some coriander leaves. Now the vazhaikkai masala curry is ready.
Vazhaikkai Masala Curry [ Raw banana Masala curry ]

Note : 
Here only minimum quantity of oil is used. Two more spoons of oil can be added if you are not bothered about oil intake. 

This curry goes well with rasam rice & sambar rice.