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Mashed Plantain with Lemon

20 Aug

Aratikaya Nimmakaya Kura.

Oil is tempered with dals and onion is cooked in it till translucent. Plantain / raw banana is chopped and cooked in tempered oil till soft. Then the whole mixture is mashed using a mashing tool. Finally the plantain curry is finished with good amount of lemon juice. Ginger and green chilli paste gives a strong flavor and spice to this dish.
Makes: 1 1/2 Cups of Mashed Plantain with Lemon


Green Plantain 2 – 3
Onion 1 large
Ginger 2 inch piece
Green Chiles 2 – 3
Lemon Juice 1 tbsp
Turmeric Powder 1/2 tsp
Salt to taste


Fenugreek Seeds a small pinch
Urad Dal 1/4 tsp
Cumin Seeds 1/4 tsp
Mustard Seeds 1/4 tsp
Curry Leaves 10
Broken Red Chiles 4
Oil 1 tsp

Method of preparation:

Remove ends, remove skin and chop plantain into small pieces.
Soak them in water until needed to avoid oxidation.
Remove stems, wash and slice the green chiles.
Peel and roughly the ginger.
Peel and finely chop the onion.

Grind green chiles and ginger into coarse paste using a spice blender.

Heat oil in a pan, add all talimpu ingredients in order.
When urad dal changes color, add green chilli ginger paste and onion.
Once onion turns translucent, add chopped plantain, turmeric powder and salt.
Sprinkle a tbsp or two of water and cook covered till plantain turns soft.
Add more water if required and stir occasionally to avoid plantain sticking to the pan.

Once plantain pieces turn soft, uncover and fry to remove any excess moisture.
Mash the cooked plantain with a masher or with the back of a spatula.
Remove from heat and stir in lemon juice.
Adjust any seasonings if required at this point.
Serve mashed plantain with lemon over plain steamed rice and dollop of ghee.
Notes:Make sure to cook plantain well before adding lemon juice.

Suggestions: If plantain curry tastes less sour, add more lemon to it. If plantain is old, you might have to boil in water for sometime to soften a bit before starting the recipe.
Variations: A tsp of split chana dal can also be added to the talimpu for light crunch. If you like to bite into ginger, then chop the green chiles and ginger very fine instead of grinding.
Other Names: Aratikaya Mudda Kura, Lemony Plantain Curry.