Raw Green Banana Curry


Bananas are a great source of Vitamins. Raw green banana is the unripe version, that you can find in the produce section of the grocery. Green bananas contain resistant starch that keeps the digestive tract healthy and also increases the rate of fat burning ability of the body.

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Here is a healthy way to cook it, as I remember the recipe from my mother:

Ingredients:
1 green banana chopped
1 tbsp oil
1 tsp channa dal
1 tsp urad dal
1/2 tsp mustard seeds
1/2 tsp of cumin seeds
1-2 whole dry red chillies
a touch of turmeric
a touch of asafoetida
a few curry leaves
1 sliced jalapeno
salt to taste
1 tsp sugar (optional)
a little tamarind or lemon juice

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Peel and chop the green banana into 1 in cubes. Cook the chopped banana with a little water until they soften. I usually like to cook mine in a pressure cooker.

Heat a tbsp of oil in a pan. Add turmeric, asafoetida, channa dal, urad dal, red chillies whole or cut into 2-3 pieces, mustard and cumin seeds. Fry for a second till they turn lightly brown. Add curry leaves and sliced jalapeno and fry for a few seconds. Add the steamed green banana, a little sugar if desired and a little tamarind juice (1-2 tbsp) or drizzle some lemon juice. Add salt to taste. Mix well and continue cooking on low flame. Loosely mash the banana with the spatula.

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Garnish with some cilantro and serve warm with rice or roti.

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