Monday, August 3, 2009

Masala Keli (Spiced Bananas)

When I was out grocery shopping last week, I found this 'Kerala Store' that stocked a lot of white pumpkins(the veggie vendors here never have this), small red pumpkins and the famous 'nendra pazham'/kerala bananas. I had never seen these bananas or even the elaichi bananas that you get in Bangalore, in a real long time. I was so thrilled to see all this, that I bought a cute little red pumpkin and 4 of the nendra pazhams.

I made the mathanga erissery from Nags' blog with the red pumpkin and Ma made this masala keli with the nendra pazhams. The masala keli / spiced bananas is traditionally made with a chutney stuffed in the bananas, but this is Ma's easy version, and I totally love it

Masala Keli


You could try making this with any variety of bananas I guess, but the nendra bananas have a very different flavour and it suits this the best

What you need -

4 nendra pazhams / ripe bananas
3/4 cup dessicated coconut
2 red chillies
1 tsp mustard seeds
1/2 cup chopped coriander leaves
3 tbsp grated jaggery
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp ghee

What you do with it -

Peel the bananas and make thick slices
In a bowl, add the bananas, coconut, jaggery, coriander leaves and salt
Toss and keep aside for about 10 mins
For the seasoning, heat the ghee add mustard seeds and the broken red chillies
Add the seasoning to the bananas

If you try this with any other variety of bananas, do let me know how it turns out

Will try the authentic version of stuffing the bananas with the chutney and post it soon

19 comments:

SJ said...

never heard of this! i will ask my mom to try this!

Mangala Bhat said...

Arre wah! yummy !nice dish!

Superchef said...

love this sweet n spicy combo..the plantain are the best for this kind of combination taste!! :) we make something similar called ethapazham pachadi with plantians, jaggery and coconut ground with green chillies! yumm!

Rush said...

i never knew u could have a dish wit ripe bananas...amazing,will try this!!

kittymatti said...

Unique and interesting recicpe!

Preety said...

new recipe for me but sounds interesting

Sig said...

A spicy dish with ripe bananas? Very interesting, I've never heard of it though!

Suparna said...

havent heard of this before ...it sounds and interesting combination. shall look for nendra palzams :)

Parita said...

This is new to me, looks yummy!

Vani said...

Such an unuaual recipe there. SOunds yum, Arch!

Usha said...

I have never tried something like this with nendram pazham, sounds interesting...

Lal said...

Your pics have reached a different level mate !

Varsha Vipins said...

me too never heard of this Arch..I know only about pulisseri with ethapazhm..looks good dear..:)

DEESHA said...

Hey nice dish there ..

Miri said...

Why why why do they not have white pumpkin in the North - I mean they do but dont get it that easily
...

*sangi* said...

Masala keli looks so tasty...xllnt
presentation too!

A_and_N said...

I have never heard of this! Looks great and vibrant man!

Anonymous said...

Hi Archie!!!!!!! so thrilled to see u/this mouth watering site! am hoping to be on a roll now and go thru them all and try out the pumpkin dosa especially :-D
ur clunyite Deepti.

Supriya said...

Nice to see all your konkani recipes. Lovely photos!

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