Sunday, February 20, 2011

Vazhaikkai roast

This roasted plantain is one my favorite. For the first time I tasted it long back from my friend Usha's tiffin box. Then I learned that it was prepared by her sister . Just like most us, I too have the habit of formulating the recipe after tasting a good food. So I kept that taste in mind and prepared it for my mom. From then on it became a regular in our house and we call it as a best alternative for fish fry:)

unripe banana - 2
oil - 2 tbsp

To grind:
onion - 1/4
garlic - 2 cloves
fennel - 1 tsp
garam masal powder - 1/2 tsp
red chilly powder - 1 tbsp
turmeric - a big pinch
salt - to taste
besan flour or maida flour- 1 tsp

Cut and remove the head and tail of unripe raw banana. Peel a thin layer of skin from plantain (optional).
Bring to boil enough water to immerse the plantain.
Cook the bananas completely.
Check by piercing a sharp knife and see if it gets through without much effort.
Switch off. Let it cool. Cut it into 3/4 an inch thick rounds.

Grind the ingredients mentioned above to a fine paste.
Apply this paste all over the plantain pieces. Keep aside.
Heat a flat pan and apply a thin coating of oil (few drops).
Then place all the pieces flat.
Reduce flame. Sprinkle 1 tbsp oil over the pieces.
Let them cook for few minutes (2 minutes) and flip once. Again sprinkle a tbsp of oil all over. Cook till they get dark red color.

Take out and enjoy.

Serving suggestions:
Makes a good side dish with curd rice or any 'dhal / sambar over rice'.
Makes an attractive party food.


divya said...

looks absolutely wonderful...I can't take my eyes off these yummy roast...

Hamaree Rasoi said...

Fish Fry looks wonderfully delicious.

Hamaree Rasoi

Aruna Manikandan said...

delicious roast...

Lifewithspices said...

my fav love the roast..

Priya Suresh said...

Yum yum, plantain roast makes me drool..

Shama Nagarajan said...

yummy roast

shriannalakshmi said...

Looks yummy and crispy.Have bookmarked this.

Sushma Mallya said...

yummy ..looks delicious!

Chitra said...

Hmmmmm,.. yummy roast.must be delicious :)

Suja Manoj said...

Nice recipe dear, looks wonderful,crispy and yummy.

Ila said...

hooo Yummy roast.. looks perfect and inviting to eat :)

Namitha said...

That's a quite flavorful vazhakkai roast.From the ingredinet list I could say, why you call it an alt fish fry ;-)

Suman Singh said...

healthy and delicious roast..looks yummie!

MAGESH said...

Looks delicious.. Perfect for Sambar rice..

Ambreen (Simply Sweet n Savory) said...

Yummy looking roast...It looks just like fried fish :)

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