The other day while watching a Malayalam Movie "Neelathamara" which is set in olden Kerala, reminded us of our ancestral homes with big backyards of vegetable gardens.The interesting bit was when we heard of a recipe in the movie. Funny isnt it.. Thanks to blogging, our ears automatically tune to hear anything about food..
Its just a casual scene where the mother tells the maid to make a little stir fry using Raw Plantains and Long yard beans she plucked from the garden with little this n that..We had never tried this combination, but tweaked the original recipe a little bit to get this thoran and verdict; we love it now..
Long yard beans/Pacha Payar (chopped): 1/2 cup
Garlic: 1-2 pods
Shallots/Pearl Onions: 4-5
Ginger (chopped): 1 teaspoon
Curry leaves: handful
Grated Coconut: 1/4 cup
Dried Red chillies: 2-3
Green chillies (slit): 1-2
Turmeric powder: 1 teaspoon + lil more for washing the plantains
Chilli powder: 1 teaspoon
Cube the raw plaintain and keep in turmeric water for about 10 mins. It helps in washing off the strechy stains. Meanwhile chop the long yard beans and keep aside. Roughly crush the garlic, pearl onions and the red chillies. Heat some oil, splutter the mustard seeds, add curry leaves and the crushed garlic and onions. Add the chopped ginger and green chillies. Add a little turmeric powder and saute. Now add the rinsed plantain pieces and cover and let it cook for a bit. When it starts to get a little soft, add the long yard beans and keep stirring. Cover for some more time. When the water from the steam starts to come in, take off the lid and keep stirring. Add the grated coconut. Adjust the salt.Once both the veggies are cooked, take it off from the heat.
Enjoy this great side.
We are sending this recipe to Green Gourmet event hosted by Preeti of Write food.