Monday, 11 February 2013

Plantain subji

I love to eat green plantain just chopped deep fried, or sauté and salted.  They are similar to potato but still has a very yummy uniqueness.

You can buy them in most foreign food shops, i bought them from an Afghanistany shop in Cambridge.

Ingredients for serving 4

  • 3 large green plantain, peeled and chopped into 1" chunks.
  • 3tbsp Light olive oil or ghee
  • 1/2 Chopped onion ( I like to use red onion)
  • 1/2" fresh ginger peeled and finely chopped/ grated
  • 1 tsp Cumin/ Jeera
  • 1/2 tsp Oregano seeds/Ajowan
  • 1 -2 fresh green chilli's chopped (the more you put in the hotter it gets) - Optional
  • 2 fresh tomtoes chopped or 1/4 tin tomatoes - optional
  • 1-2 tsp Garam masala
  • 1tsp Turmeric/ Haldi
  • 1-2 tsp salt
  • 2tbsp fresh yogurt (optional)
  • Hand full of fresh chopped coriander


  1. Add your oil, set the pan at a slow heat. Add your cumin seeds and ajowan, when they begin to crackle add your onion.
  2. Cook the onion till it is soft and then add your ginger and chilli, stirring frequently.
  3. Continue to cook this till the ginger is brown too, if the ginger starts to stick to the pan just add a couple of tea spoons of water and stir until it comes free.
  4. Once the mix is caramel coloured, add your dry spices and salt, you have now made your base (masala). Add tomatoes and cook for a few minutes. 
  5. Add the yoghurt in here if you are wanting to and cook for a further few mins.
  6. Add 1 litre of cold water and bring to boil or boiled water, and cook for a few minutes, then add in your plantain chunks.
  7. Cook on a medium heat for 20mins, you want a gentle rolling boil.  Check the plantain to see if it is cooked you can do this by stabbing it with knife as with potatoes and also notice the colour of the vegetable becomes less white and more translucent.
  8. Add the chopped coriander and serve as a main or side dish with roti, naan, or rice of your choice!

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