Monday, October 28, 2013

Plantain Masala - Chettinad Style

In Chettinad, when a marriage is fixed, the whole kitchen area along with groceries, spices, cooking, etc is called "UKKRANAM" and a person is put in charge of the whole area and items. I got this recipe from the "ukkranathu akka" (the person in charge during our marriage) :) I like plantain very much and this is such a yummy, spicy way to cook it.

This was the lunch I made recently for a occasion, I hope you can locate the plantain masala !

Number of Servings - 2
Plantain - 1 (Peeled and cut in to long slices)
Onion - 1 chopped
Tomato - 1 chopped
Red chilli powder

To Paste:
Coconut - 1 spoon
Garlic - 3 -4 pods
Ginger - 1 inch

To Temper:
Fennel seeds

  • Heat water in a pan and when it heats up, add the cut plantain. Add salt and boil it, until half done. The plantain will get over cooked if not drained at the right time and keep aside
  • In a wok heat oil and add fennel seeds. Add chopped onion and saute well.
  • Add chopped tomato and saute well. Add chilli powder and cook.
  • Add the ground paste and cook the base well
  • Add the boiled plantain and mix well 
Note: I added very little oil and coconut. But in the actual cuisine, The oil has to separate from the masala and plantain should be well cooked in the oil and spicy base. I added turmeric powder when boiling the plantain.


  1. the platter looks awesome. curry looks yummy. it was interesting to read abt the marriage tradition :)

  2. love this too and eating on a banana lead is fun isn't it

  3. Thank you Rebecca... yeah reminds me of India :)


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