Sunday, April 6, 2014

Pacha Kaya (Raw Banana) Thoran

Cochin being my hometown, Kerala local delicacies are a part of our diet. We enjoy the spicy and tangy coconut based recipes. One of our favourite among them is Thoran.  Thoran is a malayalam word for a dry curry made using any vegetable and grated coconut. Red chillies /green chillies, onions, garlic and jeera are used to give an extra flavour to the dish. I tasted the below dish in a Kerala joint here. Since then wanted to give it a try. We loved the flavours..Do try and give me the feedback.

Green raw banana - 4 nos (I used the small variety )

Salt -  to taste

For the mixture:
Coconut grated - 2 tbsp
Green chilli - 2 (i used the medium spicy ones)
Turmeric/haldi powder - 1/4 tsp
Small red onions/ shallots/ sambhar onions - 2 nos
Garlic - 1 big pod ( if small then 3 pods)
Jeera/ cumin seeds - 1/2 tsp

Mustard seeds - 1/2 tsp 
Jeera/ Cumin seeds - 1/2 tsp
Urad Dal - 1/2 tsp
Curry leaves - 1 sprig

  • Wash and lightly peel the outer skin of the raw bananas. Chop them into medium size pieces.
  • Take oil in a pan, add the seasonings one by one. When the urad dal starts getting brown, add the chopped banana pieces. 
  • Sprinkle some water and add salt to taste. Cover and cook till done. 
  • Keep stirring and sprinkling water in between to avoid burning. 
  • Meanwhile grind coconut, onion, green chillies, garlic, jeera to a coarse paste ( just two or three seconds).Do not add water. 
  • Once the banana pieces get cooked. Add this mixture to that and stir well.  
  • Saute for a few seconds till all the pieces get well coated with the mixture.
  • Garnish with chopped coriander leaves (optional). Yummy Pacha Kaya Thoran is ready to serve. 
Enjoy Cooking!!

Note: You can substitute red chillies for green chillies. You can even pre-cook the banana pieces in turmeric and salt water.

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