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Aratikaaya Masala Pulusu (Spiced Raw Banana Curry)

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  • 3 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon black mustard seeds
  • 8 curry leaves
  • 1/2 teaspoon red chili powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon turmeric
  • 4 raw bananas, peeled
  • 1/2 tablespoon tamarind concentrate
  • 1 teaspoon cumin seeds
  • 4 cloves garlic
  • 1/2 piece ginger, 1 inch long
  • 2 whole cloves
  • 1 teaspoon rice
  • 4 1/2 cups water


  • Grind cumin, garlic, ginger, cloves, and rice to a paste, while adding a few drops of water. Set aside.
  • Cut raw bananas into larger than bite-size pieces, about 1 1/2 inches thick. Boil these pieces in 3 cups of water until soft. Remove from heat, drain water, and set aside.
  • In a deep skillet, heat oil. Add mustard seeds. When seeds start popping, add paste and curry leaves. Fry on moderate heat for 1 minute. Add 1 1/2 cups water, tamarind concentrate, and the banana pieces. Then add red chili powder, turmeric, and salt. Let cook on medium heat for 15 minutes, or until the gravy thickens.

Yields: 4 servings.

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