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Plantain Curry
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This flavorful plantain curry goes well with rice.

Serves: About a dozen, depending on size

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South Indian Vegetarian Main Dish

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2 plantains (substitute green bananas), cubed
1 tsp. turmeric powder
1 tsp. chili powder
1/2 tap. cumin seeds
1/4 tsp. mustard seeds
1/4 tsp. urad dal (substitute black lentil)
1/2 cup grated coconut
1 tbsp. coconut for garnish
1/4 tsp. black pepper
5 curry leaves
Salt, to taste
2 tsp. vegetable oil


  1. Soak the plantains in warm water mixed with half teaspoon turmeric for ten minutes.
  2. Bring water to boil and cook the plantains with the remaining turmeric and salt, about 5 minutes.
  3. Mix the coconut well with cumin and add to the cooked plantains. Lower heat and simmer about 10 minutes.
  4. Meanwhile, in a small skillet, heat the oil and add the mustard seeds. Stir frequently until the seeds pop. Add the urad dal and the coconut reserved for garnish and stir till browned. Add this mixture to the plantains, along with the curry leaves. Mix and cook an additional 5 minutes.

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