Side dish

Sweet and Tangy baLekai palya (Raw plantain side dish)

We can prepare numerous recipes with baLekai (raw plantain). Every single part of this plant can be used in our day to day cooking. The leaves of the banana plant are used to serve food in south India. The core of the stem is used to make various dishes. The raw fruit is used as a vegetable to make curries and side dishes. This is one among them.

Ingredients:

BaLekai (raw plantain) – 1, cut into cubes

Onion- 1 medium, chopped

Curry leaves- 3 to 4

Termeric- ¼ Tsp

Coriander or cilantro- 3 to 4 strands, chopped

Red chilli powder- ½ to ¾ Tsp

Tamarind paste- 2 Tsp

Jaggery- 1 to 1½ Tsp

Mustard- ½ Tsp

Asafetida- A pinch

Oil- 3 Tbsp

Coconut- 2 Tbsp (optional)

Salt- To taste

Preparation:

Heat oil in a pan.  Add onions and turmeric and sauté till it turns translucent, add the cut plantains, curry leaves and cook till it becomes tender but is still crispy. Add red chili powder, tamarind paste, jaggery, salt, coconut (optional). Cook for few more minutes until they are nicely mixed and crispy.

Heat 1 tsp oil in seasoning pan. Add mustard seeds, allow it to splutter and add asafetida. Add this seasoning to cooked palya and garnish with cilantro.

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