Aratikaaya Masala Pulusu (Spiced Raw Banana Curry)

Preparation time: 30 minutes

Serves: 4

Required ingredients:

Oil — 3 tbsp

Black Mustard Seeds — 1/4 tsp

Curry Leaves — 8

Red Chili Powder — 1/2 tsp

Turmeric — 1/4 tsp

Salt to Taste

Set 1

Raw Bananas (different than unripe bananas we eat) — 4

Tamarind Paste — 1.5 tbsp

Set 2

Cumin Seeds — 1 tsp

Garlic — 4 cloves

Ginger — 1/2 inch piece

Cloves — 2

Uncooked Rice — 1 tsp

Make Set 2 into a paste (adding a few drops of water) and keep aside.

Raw bananas should be cut into four pieces each.

Remove the skin and keep aside.

In a deep skillet heat oil, add mustard seeds and when seeds start popping add curry leaves and the above paste (of Set 2).

Fry on moderate heat for one minute.

Add 1.5 cups water, tamarind paste, and the banana pieces.

Also add red chili powder, tumeric and salt.

Let cook on low heat for 15 minutes or until the gravy thickens.

Note:

Some tamarind paste can be very sour, so you may need to adjust according to your taste.

You can add a spoon of sugar just before removing from heat.

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