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Plantain with Mustard Seeds

27 Aug

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Aratikaya Ava Pettina Kura.

This is one of the traditional and popular Andhra dishes. Plantain is cubed and boiled in enough water till just cooked. Oil is tempered with dals and plantain cubes are added and cooked in tamarind extract. Finally mustard seeds paste is mixed into the plantain curry.
Makes: 3 – 4 Servings of Plantain with Mustard Seeds.

Ingredients:

Plantain 3 – 4
Tamarind 2 – 3 inch sized ball
Mustard Seeds 1 tbsp
Turmeric Powder a pinch
Salt to taste
Oil 1 tsp

Talimpu:

Chana Dal 1/4 tsp
Urad Dal 1/4 tsp
Cumin Seeds 1/4 tsp
Mustard Seeds 1/4 tsp
Curry Leaves 8
Broken Red Chiles 10
Asafoetida a big pinch
Oil 1 tbsp

Method of preparation:

Remove thick skin and dice plantain into bowl full of water.
Soak tamarind in quarter cup of water for sometime and extract all the juice.

Bring to bubble few cups of water in a sauce pot, add chopped plantain and little salt.
Boil till plantain pieces turn soft but not mushy.
Strain the plantain pieces and keep aside.

Heat oil in a pan on medium flame, add all talimpu ingredients in order.
When chana dal changes color, add cooked plantain, tamarind extract, turmeric powder and salt.
Mix thoroughly, mash lightly with the back of a spoon and remove the curry from heat.

Grind mustard seeds and pinch of salt with little water into smooth paste.
Immediately add the mustard seeds paste and a tsp of oil to the plantain mixture.
Mix everything thoroughly and serve plantain with mustard seeds over plain steamed rice and dollop of ghee.
Notes:Make sure to cook the plantain just right before adding to the tempering.

Suggestions: If plantain is not cooked well, sprinkle a tbsp or more of water and cook covered on low flame till done. Don’t add mustard seeds paste till the very end.
Variations: Spicy Raw Banana with Mustard Seeds is another variation to this recipe.
Other Names: Kaccha Kela Curry, Ava Arati Kaya.