Instagram has an amazing wealth of information. Since I started my food channel – Masalamojo, I have come across so many talented fellow food bloggers from all parts of the world. I keep picking up a recipe from them. My recent find was this great Andhra style Mustard flavored Raw Banana veg/sabzi aka Ava Pettina Aratikaya Kura in Telugu.

What would you do when you have a big bunch of raw bananas crash from the tree leaving you with surplus raw bananas. You make chips, raw banana veggies, cutlets, and anything else you know. However, when I still could not finish them up, I turned to my Instagram friends from help and tried making this Mustard flavored Raw Banana veg as suggested by a friend.

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Raw Bananas on the tree

It was a hit at my house. We really loved the soothing flavors and this has become a favorite style. I have cooked Arbi/Colocasia, Sweet potatoes, and pumpkin in this style and I liked all these variations too. Do try this simple recipe.

PREPARATION TIME: 10 minutes
COOKING TIME: 15 minutes
SERVINGS: 2
DIFFICULTY SCALE: Low

INGREDIENTS: 

For boiling the bananas – 
  1. Bananas – 2
  2. Vegetable oil – 1 tablespoon
  3. Salt – 1 teaspoon
  4. Turmeric powder – ½ teaspoon
For the mustard paste –
  1. Mustard seeds – 1.5 tablespoons
  2. Raw rice – 1 tablespoon
  3. Ginger – a small piece
  4. Fresh Coconut – ½ cup, grated
  5. Coriander leaves – ½ cup
  6. Salt – 1 teaspoon, adjust to taste
For the tempering –
  1. Urad Dal/Dehusked Black Lentil – 1 teaspoon
  2. Mustard Seeds – 1 teaspoon
  3. Curry Leaves – 5-6
  4. Green Chilli – 2
  5. Heeng/Asafetida – a pinch
  6. Vegetable oil – 1 tablespoon

 

UTENSILS/EQUIPMENT:

  1. Pressure Cooker
  2. Wok/Kadhai
  3. Grinder
  4. OTG

 

RECIPE:

For boiling the bananas –
  1. Peel the raw bananas and dice them into bite-size round slices.
  2. Place the raw banana pieces in a pressure cooker with 2 cups of water.
  3. Add a little salt, oil, and turmeric powder to the water.
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Boil the raw bananas

4. Keep it on high heat until a whistle comes. Remove from the heat and let the pressure release.
5. Strain and remove the boiled bananas. Cool them slightly.

For the mustard paste –
  1. Soak mustard seeds and rice in a small bowl with some water. Make sure that the water level is higher than the mustard and rice level.
  2. Add all the ingredients of the paste into a grinder and make a smooth paste. Bear in mind to adjust the salt quantity since we added some salt while boiling the bananas too.
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Grind the ingredients to make the Mustard Paste
For the tempering and veg/sabzi –
  1. Add oil in a wok/kadhai. Once it heats up, add mustard seeds and urad dal.
  2. Now add in the curry leaves, slit green chilies and asafetida.
  3. Add the mustard paste and let it cook for 2 minutes until the raw smell goes away.
  4. Now add the boiled raw bananas and mix well.
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Add boiled bananas

12. Cook for about 2 more minutes.

Mustard flavored Raw Banana veg is ready. Serve hot with rice.

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