Potatoes, please step aside – The stage is set for something that’s both more delicious and healthy.
By Suchitra Vaidyaram
Potatoes, please step aside – Now, the stage is taken by something that’s more delicious and a healthier option. The contender in question is very low in Saturated Fat, Cholesterol and Sodium. It is also a good source of Dietary Fiber, Vitamin C, Potassium, Manganese, and a very good source of Vitamin B6.
What am I talking about? Raw Bananas… I love them. I always steam them and use the inner pulp to make a stir fry. This time around I tried something different. I cooked the raw bananas on a gas flame and roasted the inner pulp with a touch of coriander seeds and notched the heat with red chillies. Makes a wonderful starter with hot chilli sauce.
- 2 Raw Bananas
- Curry Leaves- a few
- one small onion- sliced
- Mustard seeds- 1 tsp
- oil to fry
- Coriander seeds -2 tbsp
- Salt to taste
- dash of asafoetida powder
- Dry red chillies- 3-4 (use more to make it spicier)
- Put the raw Bananas on medium flame and allow the bananas to cook. Cook the bananas till the outer skin is completely charred and the inner portion is soft.
- Once cooked remove them from flame and allow them to cool.
- Peel the skin and chop them in cubes.
- Dry roast the coriander seeds with red chillies on a pan till they become aromatic (don't burn them)
- Coarsely grind the coriander seeds with dry red chillies.
- In a pan add liberal dose of oil and throw in the mustard seeds.
- As they begin to sputter, add dash of asafoetida powder.
- Fry the onions on a medium flame till they become golden brown.
- Add curry leaves and chopped bananas.
- Roast them in the pan till they start turning golden brown.
- Adjust salt according to taste and throw in the spice powder.
- Roast them for another few minutes till the bananas absorb the spices.
- Enjoy them with spicy sauce!