Plantain and Basella, Stir Fry


You Need:

  • 2 Plantains.
  • 300 Grams of Basella.
  • Cumin Seeds.
  • 1/4 teaspoon Turmeric.
  • 1 teaspoon Red Chilly Powder.
  • 1 teaspoon Coriander Powder.
  • 1 Tablespoon of Rice Flour.

Dissolve a little turmeric in water. Then boil the unpeeled plantains in this turmeric water for about 15 mins on medium heat. Remove the plantains and while they cool, get the same water to a boil. Dump the washed Basella leaves in the boiling water and switch off the heat. One minute later remove the leaves and wash with cool water so they stop cooking. Squeeze them dry.

Peel the plantains and chop them into small pieces. Chop the basella leaves and combine with the plantains. Add turmeric, red chilly powder, coriander powder and rice flour. Season with salt. Mix well. Heat some oil, preferably mustard or coconut. Saute the mixed vegetables in this oil on high heat.

Serve hot or cold. Goes well with both roti and rice.

Roasted Raw Banana


Chop up plantains into small pieces and rub into it some sesame oil, turmeric powder, chilly powder and coriander powder.

Dry roast some cumin, fennel, coconut and garlic. Do not overdo it. We only want them to release their lovely fragrance. Add the raw banana. Cook covered on low flame for 5 mins. Open and mix it well. Cook another 5 mins covered and then switch off the stove. Do not open the pan. Let it sit in its heat for a couple more mins.

A super fiber kick to start a week.

Raw Banana and Peas Cutlets


Snip the ends of the raw banana but don’t peel them. Immerse them along with some peas into boiling hot water. Add some turmeric. Cook covered after reducing the heat to low. Five minutes later switch off the stove but don’t uncover them just yet. Let them stay for another 10 mins.

Finely chop lots of coriander and a green chilly. Remove the banana’s and peas and after peeling the banana’s chop them up.

Run this thru a blender and add some besan flour. Season with salt. Mix it well.

Make into cutlets and shallow fry in oil. Do not use high temperatures as that will burn them. Be gentle and enjoy a very tasty and smooth treat.