Jan 27, 2009

Plaintain Subji/Curry..

This dish is what I had tasted at my friends place and had absolutely loved. Sometimes I feel that with a given vegetable, I just keep repeating the same dishes everytime and then get bored of it. I never knew that the plaintain can be dished out into such a delicious and multi-purpose curry. From being a curry with rice/rotis, it goes great with dosas, and works excellent for sandwiches. Even better, you can make stuffed Idlis with it too. Moreover, its very nutritious and healthy for kids and adults alike. Its a great alternative to the potato curry/Batatya bhaji.
Everytime I visit this friend, I get to learn a great deal from her. So, thanx to you my friend.You know its you if you are reading :)..


Green plantain - 1, cut horizontally into big chunks
Onion, finely chopped - 1 small
Tomato, finely chopped - 1 small
Green Bell Pepper, finely chopped - 1/2
Ginger-garlic paste - 1 tsp
Red Chilli powder - 1/2 tsp ( I use extra hot variety)
Curry leaves - 3-4
Udad Dal - 1/2 tsp
Mustard seeds - 1/2 tsp
Cumin seeds - 1/2 tsp
Turmeric powder -a pinch
Coriander powder - 1 tsp
Cilantro, chopped - for garnish
Salt - to taste
Lemon juice - 1 tsp (optional)


- Pressure cook the plantain chunks with the peel on with just enough water in a vessel for 2 whistles. You may need more whistles depending upon the variety of the plantains.
- Once the pressure drops and its warm enough to handle, peel off the skin from the plantains, and mash them completely with a spoon.
- Heat abt 2 tsp oil in a pan, add the mustard seeds,udad dal and cumin seeds. Once the seeds crackle, add the onions and curry leaves. Once the onions get transparent and soft, add ginger-garlic paste and fry till the raw smell goes away.
- Add in the tomato and fry till soft. Add the chopped green pepper and fry till soft.
- Add in the turmeric powder, red chilli powder, coriander powder and salt and fry for a few seconds.
- Add the mashed plantain and the cilantro and mix everything well.
- Take off from flame. Add lemon juice (if using) and mix again.
- Serve hot.

Note :

- This can be used as a stuffing for stuffed idlis ( keep a little of this mixture on top of the idli batter in each mould and then steam the idlis- a tip by my friend), sandwiches or just as a side with rice/rotis/dosas.
- The plantains shouldn't be kept for long once cooked or mashed, as they tend to get hard, so mash it when warm and add it to curry without a long time interval.
- The curry can be made with both raw as well as ripe plantains, but the one with ripe ones tends to get a little too sweet and sourish. So I prefer with the raw ones ( while they are still green).
- If using ripe ones, skip the tomatoes and lemon juice.

This post goes to Food in Colors- Yellow, hosted by Harini at Tongue Ticklers..

On a separate note, I got this sweet Lemonade Award from Ashwini. Thank you so much Ashwini for passing it on to me. I in turn would like to pass this on to Meera, Purnima & Ranji. Enjoy it girls..

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Vibaas said...

I love plantain and i know only one way to cook it. This is new and yummy. lovely recipe.

Divya Kudua said...

Lovely dish Maya..I used to cook only upkari using plaintains..after tasting my ma-in-laws kellya usli..I absolutely fell in love with it.This one sounds quite similar and next time,I am gonna try this.

sunshinemom said...

We make a podimaas (raw plantain garnished with coconut) but this is new and looks great! Thank you for sending it to FIC!

Happy cook said...

I love this, this is something we always had when there was raw plantain from garden.
Looks delicious.

Sia said...

i am seriously drooling. i had good share of plaintain dishes when i was in India and now ur recipe has tempted me again to rush to the market and buy few :)

Meera said...

Lovely curry!!

Thanks for the lemonade award. :-D

Asha said...

Love it. I do like the taste Plantains, the one we get here is not that good but not bad. Looks delicious Maya! :))

Trupti said...

lovely dish Maya. I never tried this dish before. Congrats on award.

Namrata Kini said...

I have used plantains only for chips. Gotta try ur curry soon.

ranji said...

oh i love these green plaintain curry...its so delicious and goes really well with rice..i also make a similar curry but with slight modification..
Congrats on ur award maya and thank u for passing it to me..:)

Pavithra Kodical said...

I too love plantain..Your recipe is so different..I used to make only dry palya..

Soma said...

Very new recipe. Thanks for sharing

Ashwini Kenchanna said...

Nowadays I have stopped doing anything with plantains..Whenever I bring them, i only Phodi which I learnt from you..Thanks to you..This is looking yummy.. Will try..


This one is quite different frm how i usually make! Thanks for the recipe!

Srividhya said...

Maya, Lovely dish and very new to me. We use to make only curry and Podimas. Surely try and get back to you.

vidhas said...

Lovely recipe. It is very new to me. We use to make curry and podimas, surely try and get back to you.

Purnima said...

U have typed out my sentiments- getting bored of same dish! Tks for tips n this lovely recipe..shall try it on..How sweet of you to award me with Sweet Lemonade! Thankyou so much!
(Tks for bringing to my attn re. the pic, I was testing a software where I didnt save the pic, directly dragged, as it was temp, it must hv gone off..kindly chk again cookies are showing now! :D)

PG said...

This is a lovely recipe! I love plantain, but haven't had it since long. Have to note down your recipe for the next time I go to the chinese shop to buy some.
Thanks for you comment at my blog!

Jayashree Mudaliar said...

Lovely dish Maya.. I usually make Baingan Ka Bharta..but this is different.. I'll try it next time..

Thanks for stopping by at my space Maya..