Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Raw banana fry ( balle kai/ valle kai varuval)

Raw banana fry is very common in south India. In kerala and T.N. it is part of the meals. Tastes really yummy, when served along with with rice, sambar and rasam. Here in Ivory coast, they use raw banana to prepare a local delicacy called fufu ( pounded raw bananas) which is served along with some sauce.Raw bananas are very healthy as they are very low in saturated fats, cholesterol and sodium. They are also rich in Fibre, vitamin C, potassium etc. Only disadvantage is calories mostly come from sugars (so mind the quantity). Here goes the recipe...

Raw banana - 2 nos
chilly powder - 1 tsp
pepper powder - 1 tsp
asafoetida(hing) - 1/4 tsp
oil for stir frying
Salt for taste.

Peel outer skin and cut the raw banana into small cubes. In a pan add oil, hing, raw banana, chilly powder and fry for a min. Add salt and pepper and fry until its done. Serve hot.

Raw banana fry can cause gas trouble in some people( hing is added to compensate that). Even potatoes and yams may be used instead of raw banana and the same method may be followed.

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