September 18, 2007

Plantain Sabzi & Spicy Sambar

It's beginning to cool down here and almost instantly our taste buds are craving spicy, hot food. During the summer we were voraciously consuming watermelons and now the watermelon sits in the fridge looking at us desolately. I guess I have to figure out a spicy watermelon recipe. But back to the recipe. So this weekend we made dry plantain subzi to go with spicy sambar. And then sat in the dining room filled with sunlight to enjoy the meal.

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2 raw plantains
1 tspoon mustard seeds
1 tspoon chana dal

1 tspoon urad dal
1 pinch asafoetida
1-2 dry red chillies
few peppercorns
spring of curry leaves
1/2 tspoon turmeric powder
3/4 tsp coriander powder
1 tspoon fresh grated coconut
Salt to taste
1 1/2 tspoon oil

Steam the raw bananas for 7-8 minutes. Peel and cut them in cubes.

Heat oil in a pan and
temper it with asafoetida, mustard seeds, urad dal, chana dal, red chillies and curry leaves.

Add the banana cubes and mix it well together. Then add turmeric, coriander powder.
Stir gently taking care not to mash the banana. Let it cook on medium heat for 3-4 minutes. Then add salt and the fresh coconut and cook it for another couple of minutes.

Take it off heat and serve warm.

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This is my entry for JFI:Banana.


  1. Fabulous combo, Mandira! I just want to drink up the sambar! and the plantain curry looks yummy too! Warm and comforting platter, indeed!

  2. looks delicious mandira:) the plate is indeed very comforting !

  3. i can eat plantain ripe, green, in any form for breakfast, lunch and dinner. any plantain recipe is welcome. thanks.

    as for the watermelon, AFAM watermelon at jugalbandi has many spicy recipes.

  4. I have never cooked plantain this way. It sounds really nice!

  5. lovely pic of sambhar :)

  6. They both look wonderful, specially the Sambhar! Delicious.Great combo.
    RCI K ends on 25th!!:)

  7. lol...even we have about 3 kgs of watermelon sitting quietly in one corner...
    wonderful recipe of plantain madira, we call it palya.

  8. Fed-ex that watermelon to NB in Indiana. Its still hot there with hordes of mosquitoes to keep you doing the macarena long after its demise.

  9. Kancha Kala diye ?

  10. Interesting combination Mandira. I admit it's something I have not tried before. I love coming over here to read about such recipes. Thanks for the JFI reminder - I have to get my act together. I wish i did not have so much homework though!

  11. I like this plaintain curry so mcuh, that I simply munch without any sie dish

  12. I make this same dish too, but we call it as plantain podimas. It's so great with samabar. Love your platter.

  13. Am I invited over? As a matter of fact, I'll invite myself over :) I know I'll enjoy this meal :)

  14. Yummu? Both the dish looks great

  15. looks so delicious Mandira. did you get my email?

  16. I love plantains. The curry is looking great. I am also waiting to make a curry with them. Soon I will send you for JFI-banana.

  17. Nice combo. I too have a very similar plantain recipe posted on my blog 2 months back.

  18. Hi Mandira,

    Plaintain is my fav vegetable. we call it palya. nice recipe. thnx for sharing.


  19. Musical I have to admit the recipes are from my MIL and they're great :)

    Roopa thanks, I can eat it everyday :)

    Bee thanks, I wasn't such a great fan growing up. That's because it was growing right in our garden. Things are very different now. Also, thanks for the watermelon ideas, I am looking forward to finishing the watermelon. :)

    Anh do try, it's simple and not too spicy, goes well with sambar.

    Nags - thank you.

    Asha Aswin and I will both post recipes for RCI this weekend :)

    Sia tell me about it. I think I notice it more now though :)

    AmritaNB doesn't pick up the phone. Looks like mosquitoes are keeping her busy :)

  20. Sandeepa kancha kala diye! try kore bolo. tumi mocha banacho to?

    Meeta - I'm telling you, foodblogging is one of the best things I've done in a while. I've really started exploring cuisines and recipes. I'm looking forward to you JFI entry.

    Padma you're right. I can eat it just like that. But with sambar, it's heavenly!

    Kribha thanks. I like your recipe name better. Maybe I will add it at the end.

    Cynthia -- you are always invited. I will make a fresh pot of sambar for you :)

    Thanks Sharmi. I did get your e-mail Thanks for the entry.

    Hima thanks. I am looking forward to your entry.

    TBC thanks, I hope you're makeing something for JFI:Banana too. :)

    Sushma - I think I am going to add both palya and poddima to the name. :) makes it much more interesting.


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