Monday, 12 December 2016

RAW BANANA N POTATO CURRY / ALOO KANCHAKOLAR JHOL





What gives me utmost pleasure wherein blogging is concerned? My answer is compiling dishes that I have grown up eating, dishes for which I do not have to browse Google, dishes whose taste lingers on  till date, dishes which has my mother's touch on them. Today I wished to blog on one such dish. The old lady is at present cleaning up her daughter's home so that I can head to an all decked up home straight from the airport. A refrigerator full of essentials, bedrooms adorned with clean, washed bed covers is what awaits for me. This is the scenario each time I visit. We cannot just say thanks to our own, we need to be thankful in various ways. Yet I get very angry with her for been overprotective towards both of us siblings. In the process, we failed to learn the basics of life, to be independent. In her defence she would say life's lessons are not to be taught, it is to be learnt. Her daughter was not so keen on taking interest in worldly matters and was always engrossed in her own created world of fantasy. Well, I would not deny I am still so. At any gathering or a party, I choose my own cosy corner and love watching others present while sipping my favourite ones, getting little tipsy. Wherever I am, I create my own ambience.

...... and whichever part of the world I am or will be .... I will continue to cook up my desi recipes, laced with beautiful memories. My mom used to prepare this curry with Raw Banana and Potato, both vegetarian and non-vegetarian versions. Usually she used to prepare Shingi-Magurer Jhol [cat fish curry] with raw banana and potato. At times she added raw papaya to it. In the vegetarian version of this she used to add dry roasted broad bean seeds[shimer bichi] too. Unable to get shimer bichi, I prepared this vegetarian curry with raw banana and potato for myself, my men are force fed such things alluring with their choice of non-veg dish. I use the raw banana skin too to prepare a yum sides, laughing ?? you may please.... but nothing went waste in the middle class environment we grew up in..... and I do treasure my values. Let us prepare this Raw Banana N Potato Curry together.


INGREDIENTS :
Raw Banana : 2
Potato : 1
Tomato : 1medium[my inclusion]
Ginger Paste : 2tsp
Cumin Powder : 1tsp
Cinnamon Powder : 1/4tsp
Cardamom Powder : 14tsp
Red Chilli Powder : 1tsp
Turmeric Powder : 1tsp
Salt : As Required
Sugar : 1tsp
Cumin Seed : 2-3 pinches
Bayleaf : 1
Ghee[clarified butter] : 1tsp
Oil : 4-5tbsp

METHOD :
Peel both the potato and raw bananas. Cut half and then lengthwise as seen in the picture. Wash and chop the tomatoes. Rub the potato and raw banana pieces with little salt and turmeric.

Heat oil in a wok. Fry the raw banana and potato pieces separately in batches. Keep aside. Temper oil with cumin seeds and bay leaf.

Add the ginger paste and fry for 2 minutes. Add the chopped tomatoes and stir till it melts and separates from the oil. Add the cumin powder, chilli powder,  turmeric powder and salt. Stir well for a minute. Add the fried potatoes and fold in well.

Add a cup of water and let boil for 2-3 minutes covered. Now open cover and add the fried raw banana pieces. Let boil for 2 minutes. Add the sugar, cardamom powder and cinnamon powder. Stir and let boil for a minute.

Add the ghee and give a stir. It is done. We love to have it with rice but it goes well with chapati too.











12 comments :

  1. Nostalgic post ...I often prepare this...love the color

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    1. An absolute nostalgia Amrita.... so close to heart... thank you....

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  2. Good it was to read about your growing up years and mum and daughter relation. This curry is just so inviting. Love everything about it esp the ghee scent.

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  3. Two awesome ingredients in one curry .. Lovely Share soma :)

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  4. the color looks so appealing... drooling

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  5. lovely inviting curry...looks delicious :)

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  6. Luv this reddish color. Drooling

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  7. The color is the attractions. Will love this with a bowl of steaming hot rice

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