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Balekhai (Plantain) Fry & Fish Fry

Tuesday, July 18, 2006

Plantain-Green Banana
Plantain(Balekhai) is a cousin of the banana. You can cook plantain just like potatoes.. bake, boil, fry.. it just always tastes yummy! Balekhai fry is one of my all time favorite. I especially like it with Tomato Sar.

There are two ways to prepare the masala for this, one is amma's Kundapur style masala and the other - my shortcut way ;)

This masala can be used for other vegetable fry like.. Potato Fry, Cauliflower fry and Fish fry.


Amma's Kundapur Style Masala:
Red chilies - 3 cups.
Cumin (Geera) - 1 Tblsp.
Coriander seeds - 2 Tblsp.
Tamarind Paste - 1 Tblsp.
Turmeric Powder = 1 Tsp.
Salt to Taste
Method: Dry Roast Red Chilies, Cumin and Coriander seeds separately. Grind all the ingredients to a fine paste with water. Store the paste in a jar and refrigerate for future use.


My Shortcut/Quick Masala:
MTR Rasam powder - Tblsp
Cumin Powder - 1/2 Tsp.
Coriander Powder - 1 Tsp.
Turmeric Powder - 1/2 Tsp.
Lemon Juice/Tamarind paste - to Taste.
Salt to Taste
Method: In a bowl add all the ingredients with water to from a paste.



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Balekhai Fry: Wash and peel the skin of the Plantain. ( apply oil to your hands and on a knife to help in washing plantain stains) Cut plantains into 5mm thin slices. Add fry masala and let it marinate for 5 minutes.





Put a flat griddle/tawa on low fire. Apply oil to the tawa. In a plate take Sujji Rawa for dipping. Take a piece of marinated plantain, make sure all the sides are covered with masala, after dipping the plantain pieces in Sujji rawa, place it on the tawa. Repeat the same with rest of plantain peices and arrange them side by side on the tawa. Turn the burner to medium.
Cover the tawa and cook for 8 minutes. Then apply little oil and flip the plantain pieces over to cook the other side. Cook for 5 more minutes or until done.


Serve as appetizer or side dish along with hot rice and rasam.


Variations: Instead of plantain, use Potato slices or Cauliflower. For Cauliflower, after mixing the flowerets with masala, add Sujji rawa and mix and spread on tawa for cooking.

Even fish can be fried in the same way. Here in the picture I prepared Salmon. Since slices are bit thick the burner should be set to medium low. For fish, Ghee can be used instead of oil for better taste and reducing fish smell.



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~ Balekhai (Plantain) Fry & Fish Fry ~
Posted by Swetha @ 7/18/2006 04:52:00 PM ::
1 Comments:
  1. Hi Swetha,

    I had been to your blog a couple of times and loved all your recipes. I made plantain fry as per your recipe and it turned out great! I made Tomato Sar too...It was simply delicious! Thank you very much! :-)
    By Blogger Chandrika, at September 25, 2006 10:08 PM  

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