Saturday, January 22, 2011
Vazhakkai Vathakkal ~ Roasted Raw Bananas & An Update on the Giveaway!
Cooking for lunch is sometimes the most difficult thing to do.Actually,to think of it,I just need to make a curry and a stir-fry to go along with rice,curds and pappad.But the effort involved in deciding the menu itself takes away much of my time.Sometimes,before sleeping I try to make a menu for the next day--sometimes I succeed and sometimes I don't.Remember,it was my last years resolution to stick to a menu plan?I've strictly enforced a menu plan routine now and believe me,it certainly helps.
I've been stalking Bharathy's blog for a while now and been cooking from Spicy Chilly with great success.I like her variety of recipes in so many cuisines.She has been a great help to me ever since the day I started blogging.From being one of the first few who commented on my blog to someone who helped me out whenever I needed help--technical aspects of the blog and general stuff,she has been one special lady.I finally met up with her during last years blogger meet and she is so much fun to be with[almost squeezing my neck for not picking up her call!!-in jest of course].Stay tuned for more recipes from her blog!!
Vazhakkai Vathakkal ~ Roasted Raw Bananas
Recipe source - Bharathy of Spicy Chilly
Vazhakkai/Raw banana- 2
Turmeric powder- 1/4 tsp
Salt- to taste
Sambhar powder(better option) or red chilly powder - 1tsp
Oil- 1-2 tbsps
Mustard seeds- 1/4 tsp
Urad dhal-1/2 tsp
Curry leaves- a sprig
Peel the green skin of the raw bananas and immerse in a pan of water.[this is to prevent the brown coloration of the peeled veggie]
Slice them into thin rounds (not too thin: say, slightly less than half cm each).
Simultaneously boil a wide pan of water( 2 cups more or less, to immerse the slices comfortably) along with salt and turmeric powder.
Throw in the slices as soon as you are done, boil for a few seconds and drain the slices from the hot water using a colander.
Be careful not to over cook the pieces and see to it they are firm and half cooked. Be careful with the boiling water while you drain too :)
Heat oil in a wide non stick kadai.
Splutter mustard seeds, brown the urad dal, throw in the curry leaves and finally the pre cooked slices.Add the chilly/sambhar powder.Toss the slices.
Check salt and toss once a minute.
Let them get fried for 10-15 minutes in low flame until roasted and browned on both sides.
Remove from fire and serve hot with rice and curry.
As I mentioned in this post,I haven't heard from HS yet and I do not have any e-mail id to contact her[or him?] so I am choosing another winner.Hard luck HS!!
Comment # 29 - Rekha's Kitchen
Congrats Rekha--Please send me your shipping address and your book will be on its way!!