Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Plantain Cutlets for JFI-Bananas

This is my first time at a JFI event. I always wanted to participate but the JFI-wagon would always move on to the next JFI station and i would miss it. This time i didnt want to reach huffing and puffing and still miss it. Here is my entry for JFI-Bananas. This is hosted by Mandira of Ahaar.



Plantain are a type of bananas used for cooking rather than consumed like sweet banana. Plantains are used in cooking right from its flowers, leaves, Raw fruits as well as ripened fruits. In south India, banana leaves are used to serve food especially as a part of holy offering/ neivaidyam to god. In goa womenfolk sell hand woven flowers use the thread made out of the banana stem. trust me its very tight and does not tear away that easily. In fact Japanese make use of this stem to get fibers for clothing. The flowers are made into a very delicious sabzi and eaten. Every Plant flowers just once. A few bunches actually do not flower and once the tip is dark brownish-black the flower is cut and cooked. Banana is one of the few fruits whose sabzi taste as good as the ripe banana (personal choice).
As mentioned in my earlier posts my mom is an avid gardener. She works hard to grow bananas, jackfruits, mangoes, chikoo etc etc n the list is endless. She tries her hand at growing seasonal vegetables every year but so far we have never had loads of vegetables in our garden except for tendali. Their growth is scary since she would make us eat it every alternate day. We have also had the chance to eat home grown papayas, pineapples, guavas, cashews and drumsticks. Mom also grows chillies at home which according to her taste "far better" than the ones sold in the market. We just accept it coz we know that its number of years and her gardening that is taking a toll on her taste buds; Infact sometime I feel its my sis's cooking that is taking the toll on her taste buds. Anyways, growing with a backyard full of home grown vegetables and fruits I have eaten all types of fruits in raw and ripened stage. Banana & plantain trees for us meant a thick bush( read jungle) that we could directly see while sitting on the dining table. So the first site of flowering for these plants meant over-dose of that fruit or vegetable. Inspite of this we were never put off by the vegetable. I think this fruit/vegetable is very adorable since it derives the flavor of the spices it is cooked in very fast. I have just recentlt been enlightened that amongst the jains plantain/bananas replace potato in their cooking. So right from pav bhaji to vada pav to chips its Banana all the way. Coming back to my moms gardening-harvesting-cooking, she is a very intelligent woman who would always come up with something innovative, delicious and the most intelligent way to finish off all her garden-harvest.
I generally preferred the vegetable harvest since the quantity would be lesser but then i totally drool over fruits ( other than cashews) from our garden so they were always gulped down faster. Mom’s plantain harvest would be celebrated in many houses since this gigantic bunch could only get over after distributing to our close friends, relatives and neighbors. This harvest was also most feared for two reasons. One being storage space in the refrigerator and secondly this veggie would be cooked, recooked and served for weeks to come. Mom would generally come up with bhaji, fritters, chips, bharta, curry etc etc etc but my favorite were plantain cutlets. They are excellent as snack, could be used as Pattie in a vegetarian burger.
This is also good as picnic food.

Ingredients
1 plantain
1 onion
2 pods garlic
1/2" ginger
1 tbl spn green chillies paste
1/2 t spn jeera powder
1/2 cup bread crumbs
1 tbl spn finely chopped cilantro
peas, corn (optional)
4 tbl spns semolina/rawa ( for rolling, bread crumbs can also be used)

oil for frying.

Method:
Cook Plantain in a pressure cooker unto 3 whistles. After it’s cooled, peel and discard the outer skin. Mash the banana and all the other ingredients. In a plate keep the semolina/bread crumbs. Knead the mixture till it mixes well. take a ping-pong sized ball mixture and flatten it like a Pattie. Roll this in semolina and shallow fry with little oil.
Serve with chutney or ketchup.

We had a toddler visiting us hence the decoration to suit him. have a great week ahead.

38 comments:

Asha said...

Haha!! Nice decoration of smiley face for kids on the cutlets.Looks cute,I bet they devoured them!:))

Laavanya said...

That's a new cutlet to me.. with plaintains looks very good. Cute smiley.

Pooja V said...

Hi Asha: U bet !! They were over before more could be dished out and the kid was overjoyed with a smiley.

Hi Laavanya: Try it its just lovely.

Shyam said...

Hahaha, I loved your opening paragraph! And I've got plantains at home (a very rare event b'cos I've to travel a long way to find some!) so I'm going to try out your cutlet :)

lakshmi said...

the smiley cutlet makes me feel like a kid :D - so cute

Mishmash ! said...

Pooja...can anyone say no to those smiley cutlets? not just kids, some adults here also want some :)

Thanks for visiting my blog :)

Shn

Latha Narasimhan said...

Nice recipe pooja! cutlets look so tempting!:)) Good entry!

marriedtoadesi.com said...

I love the decoration for the toddler. And how wonderful that you grew up eating home grown and home cooked food. No pesticides, and the true definition of organic I'd say.

Kanchana

Richa said...

the scary over growth of the tendli...LOL
i bet u miss 'em here :)
cutlet looks YUM.

Pooja V said...

Hi Shyam: Thanks :)! Let me know if you like it. I'll b waiting to hear.

Hi lakshmi:Thanks !! I thought it would look very kiddish but many people have liked it so far.


Hi Mishmash: No one could say no that day! Joine me for tea and i'll make a plate ful for you.

Pooja V said...

Hi Latha:Thanks i am so happy you lked it.

Hi Kanchna I really miss the harvest here. Especially running last minute to grab a chilli for chutney or for tadka.


Hi Richa: At that time it was really scary. Imagine eating Tendali sabzi, tedndali bhat, curry. It would drive us crazy & i so miss them here.

Seena said...

Pooja,
My kids are drooling over this!Very simple cutlet,will try it.. Your mom is so lucky to have her own veggie garden..m still love it, I bought some soil and seeds, but all plants started dying due to the heat here..

Happy cook said...

The cutlets look so cute.
Never made any cutlets with plantian.

Pooja V said...

Hi happy cook: You should try these then You will just keep licking your fingers for more.

Padma said...

The most adorable n good looking plaintain cutlet ever came across.

Manasi said...

Smiley face plantain cutlet!!
looks verrry Nice!!

Pooja V said...

Hi Padma:Thanks for the kind words & glad u liked .

Hi Manasi: Thanks for stopping by.

Tee said...

What a cute looking plantain cutlet!this is a new recipe for me, hope to try this soon...and i am going to follow your recipe till the last detail, smiley face et all :)

Pooja V said...

Hi Tee: I so happy u liked it all :). DOnt forget to temme if you like the way they come out.

A kitchen scientist & a white rat hubby!!! said...

ooohhh...ue cutlet looks sooo cute!!!

Pooja V said...

Hi A kitchen scientist & a white rat hubby: This smiley has given me more than 1 chance to smile with kinds words from ppl like u, Thanks.

Pravs said...

Have not tried cutlet with plantain. Nice smiley :D

Jeena said...

Pooja your cutlet looks so yummy but the smiley face just made me laugh so much! :)

Pooja V said...

Hi Pravs: You must try these they are delicious.

Hi Jeena: yeah the smiley was suppose 2 b fun for the kid.

Sharmi said...

I have heard of this but never attempted them. looks nice.

mb said...

I'm glad you are participating in your first JFI event. This looks beautiful and is a great entry! :) -- Mandira

Lissie said...

hi pooja, a very cute, inviting face on the cutlet! unique recipe..

Prajusha said...

pooja,
The smiley cutlets looks so beautiful:)Great Entry.

Pooja V said...

Hi Sharmi: This is my first attempt at making them so far i had only eaten these.

Hi Mandira: I am glad i could make it on this time. Thanks.

Pooja V said...

Hi Lissie: Thanks :) for the kind words and also for dropping by my space.

Hi Prajusha Thanks for stopping by.

bee said...

that is a smile-inducing dish and picture.

bee said...

that is a smile-inducing dish and picture.

musical said...

Super cute decoration, Pooja! and delicious looking cutlets!

Pooja V said...

Hi Bee: Great to see you dropping by here.

Hi Musical: Thanks !! I am glad you liked them.

Mansi Desai said...

nice cutlets! haven't had them with plantains before!

Namratha said...

Hehe, this looks so cute..that I wouldn't want to cut it up..:-D I had no idea we could make cutlets from plantain, sure gonna try it!

Sirisha Kilambi said...

Ur cutlet looks very very cute...The sweet smile on the cutlet is very cute dear :-)

Linda said...

Wonderful info on plantain, thank you! And just love the smiley face :)