Banana kurukku kaalan

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Kurukku kaalan is that creamy thickened side dish everyone craves for on a festive occasion. This Vishu, try this banana kurukku kaalan.  

Ingredients

1 cup half ripe bananas

3 cups curd

A few curry leaves

6 green chillies

Salt to taste

1/2 tsp chilli powder

1/4 tsp fenugreek seeds

1 cup grated coconut

1/2 tsp jeera

1/2 tsp turmeric powder

3 dry chillies

1/2 tsp mustard seeds

2 dsp coconut oil

1 cup water

Preparation

Cook together banana pieces, green chilli, curry leaves and salt in water. Boil till the banana pieces are soft.

Mix curd with salt, turmeric and chilli powder. Pour this mixture, over the banana pieces.

Heat oil in an earthen-ware chatty (pan). Fry mustard, fenugreek, curry leaves and red chillies in turn.

Grind together grated coconut and jeera to a fine paste. Add the masala paste to the seasoning. Saute on low fire, till the masala is roasted. Removed from fire and let it cool.

Add the cold masala to the prepared curd banana mixture and stir well. Put the chatty with the kaalan on a low flame and keep stirring, carefully till the kaalan thickens. Lift it off from the fire.

Stir till it becomes cold.  

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