Monsoon has arrived in India tickling our taste buds for some spicy and tangy dishes. The green raw banana is one of those fruits that enjoy a massive fan following both for its nutrients and versatile cooking eating styles. You see, these raw bananas or elaichi bananas are full of fibre, a powerhouse for the heart, and an excellent source of resistant starch.
If you are yet to try your hands on this yummy ingredient, it is time to challenge your culinary skills and make everyone drool over your recipes. So, here we are with some easy, mouth-watering, and flavoursome raw banana vegetable recipes by Nature’s Basket that will make your day special.
- Raw Banana Asharfi
- 2 tablespoons cooking oil
- 2 medium to large onions, finely sliced
- 4 potatoes, boiled and peeled
- 6-7 unripe green bananas, boiled with their skin
- 1 ½ tablespoon of ginger-garlic paste
- 2 tablespoons red chilli powder
- 2 tablespoons fresh coriander leaves, finely chopped
- 2 tablespoons besan or gram flour
- ½ tablespoon green cardamom powder for the elaichi banana flavour
- 2 medium-sized capsicums, for stuffing
- 1 ½ tablespoon of ghee or clarified butter
- Salt, according to taste
- Take a heavy bottom fry pan. Heat oil, add onions and fry till they turn golden brown
- Remove the fried onions on an absorbent paper and chop them into fine pieces
- Peel the boiled potatoes and bananas and mash them well
- Combine the mashed mixture with ginger-garlic paste, chopped fried onions, chilli powder, chopped coriander, gram flour, salt, and cardamom powder, and mix well
- Take a section of the mixture and fill in the hollow capsicum. Now, cut the capsicum into 2-inch thick horizontally slices
- Heat ghee in a pan and shallow-fry the capsicum slices till they turn crisp and golden
- Drain the excess ghee on an absorbent paper. Serve hot with mint and coriander chutney.
2. Raw Banana Kebab
- 2 raw bananas
- ½ tablespoon cardamom powder
- ½ tablespoon butter
- ½ tablespoon cinnamon powder
- 1 tablespoon rose petal powder
- ½ tablespoon white pepper powder
- ½ tablespoon ginger
- 1 tablespoon wheat flour
- 1 tablespoon cornflour
- ½ tablespoon saunf powder
- Lemon rind
- Salt to taste
Ingredients for the Filling
- 3 green chillies, finely chopped
- 150 grams of processed cheese, grated
- 4 dried figs, finely chopped
- Fresh coriander leaves, chopped
- 1 lemon
- ½ cup pomegranate seeds
- Salt to taste
- Cooking oil
- Chop the banana ends and split them from between. Cook them on low flame for five minutes. Buy a banana that is light green
- Put the bananas in cold water and let them cool down. Peel the bananas and mash them into an even paste
- Take a heavy bottom pan. Add butter, mashed bananas, and salt, and cook the mixture at low flame for the best flavours
- Wait till the mix turns slightly pink . It’s now time to add the cardamom powder, rose petal powder, white pepper powder, saunf, ginger, and cinnamon powder
- Cook for a few more minutes and set aside to cool it down.
For the Filling
- Mix figs, cheese, green chillies, coriander leaves, lemon juice, pomegranate seeds, and salt in a mixing bowl
- Add cornflour and wheat flour to the banana mixture. Also, add lemon juice and lemon rind and mix well
- Mould the banana mixture into small-sized koftas. Stuff the filling well and cover the edges
- Heat oil in a heavy bottom pan and deep fry all the kebabs till they turn golden brown
- Your kebabs are ready. Serve them hot with coriander chutney and raw banana chips.
3. Raw Banana Korma
- 1 tablespoon ginger paste
- 1 tablespoon garlic paste
- 80 grams of ghee
- 50 grams of spinach
- 1 green apple
- 5 green chillies
- ½ tablespoon turmeric powder
- ½ tablespoon jeera or cumin seeds
- ½ tablespoon coriander seeds
- ½ tablespoon white pepper powder
- 1 tablespoon sandalwood powder
- 1 tablespoon red chilli powder
- Salt according to taste
- 1 tablespoon mustard seeds
- 150 gram fried and browned onions
- 250 grams of yoghurt
- 500 grams medium diced potatoes
- 100 grams of cooking oil
- 8-9 semi-raw bananas, thickly sliced
- 300 grams of fresh cream
- 4 large tomatoes
- 100 grams of fresh coriander, for garnishing
- Take a heavy bottom pan for preparing this dish. Heat ghee and sauté garlic and ginger paste till their smell goes away.
- Now add chopped spinach and apples. Add all the spices mentioned above except yoghurt, brown onions, and cumin seeds. Cook it well.
- Pour cooking oil in a pan and deep fry all the banana slices and potato cubes in it.
- Add fried potato cubes to spinach and apple and then fried bananas after some time.
- Add tomatoes and simmer on low flame for at least 15 minutes.
- Add cream and sprinkle cumin seeds on the mixture.
- Your raw banana korma is ready. Garnish with green fresh coriander leaves.
Serving these dishes with raw banana chips multiply the overall flavours. Make sure you buy bananas from a reputed store to ensure its quality. Did you like the recipes? Check out Exotic Indian Curries You Can Prepare At Home for some more delicious curries.