Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Raw plantain cutlets

Plantains are available all year round.I love trying different dishes of these lovely plantains.On the occasion of Navratri i am here with one interesting plantain dish specially for those who avoid onion and garlic,specially during 9 days of durga puja Actually i prepared this with my leftover filling of stuffed capscicum which is one more special dish without onion and garlic.These cutlets turned out to be so delicious.
Prep time: 20-25 mins
Cook time: 20 mins
Total time: 40-45 Mins
Yield: 15
  • 4 Raw plantain /banana
  • 1tbsp Corn flour
  • 2tsp Maida/all
  • 1tsp finely chopped ginger
  • 2 finely chopped green chillies
  • 1tsp chilly powder
  • 1/2tsp Roasted cumin /jeera seeds
  • 1tsp Curry or garam masala powder
  • 1tbsp Chopped coriander leaves
  • 1tbsp Roasted and crushed ground nuts
  • 1/4tsp Asafoetida powder
Cooking Directions
  1. Cook the plantains in boiling water for 20 mins on medium flame or till it is soft but not mushy.
  2. Peel them and mash them into a smooth mixture while they are still warm.
  3. In a pan, heat some oil. Then add cumin seeds, asafoetida/hing and chopped ginger and green chilly ,stir it well.
  4. Add some chilly powder and curry powder,mix it well.
  5. Now add the mashed plantain,salt and coriander leaves and mix it well in the masala.Cook for a couple of minutes.
  6. Turn off the stove and add Roasted and crushed ground nuts and coriander leaves and mix well.
  7. Let the mixture cool and shape them into desired shape. Roll the cutlets in corn flour-maida mixture and shallow fry them on a skillet. Fry both sides till they turn golden brown in color.
  8. Serve hot with chutney or sauce


Thrimadhuram ... a special prasadam offered to goddess laxmi

As far as I know, "thrimadhuram" is a "prasada"offering made to God and then distributed to devotees in some temples in south india.Today one of my friend told me exactly what all goes into this.In Thrimadura banana is used as the base and the other 3 ingredients are honey,cardamom and ghee combination that i have prepared today for nivedhya.But,there are other combination also like honey,milk and raisins or jaggery,milk and ghee.

Thrimadhuram is usually a dryish mixture of banana pieces ( of the "Kadali" variety), honey and ghee .Thrimadhuram signifies three from "thri" and sweet from "madhuram". 

Prep time: 5-6 mins
Cook time: 0
Total time: 5-6 mins
  • 2 Banana ( kadali/elakki bale hannu)
  • 2-3 tsp Honey
  • 1tsp Ghee
  • 1/4tsp of cardamom powder (optional )
Cooking Directions
  1. Slice 2 kadali ( small yellow variety)
  2. Take one bowl and combine all the ingredients and serve 

This was my 1st day nivedhyam to goddess durga..thanks to my friend Nisha Baliga for this divine easy to make traditional prasadam.