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Saturday, September 18, 2010

Balekayi Uppukari (Usli)

4 medium sized Raw Banana / Balekayi
1/2 medium sized Onion
1/2 cup thick Beaten Rice / Poha / Dappa Avalakki
2 - 3 Green Chillies
2 tsp Grated Coconut
4 - 5 strands of Coriander leaves
4 - 5 Curry leaves
1 tsp fresh Lemon Juice
1/4 tsp Chilly powder
1/4 tsp Turmeric powder
1/2 tsp Sugar
Salt to taste
1 tsp Mustard seeds
1 tsp Bengal Gram seeds
1 tsp Black Gram seeds
Pinch of Asafetida powder
2 tsp Oil


Cook the raw banana in a pressure cooker by adding sufficient amount of water(2-3 whistles).

As soon as the pressure goes off, remove the outer skin of raw bananas as shown in the picture below.

Mash the cooked hot bananas using any hard material as shown in the picture below.

Chop the coriander leaves into small pieces as shown in the picture below. Cut the green chillies into two halves. Chop the onion into medium sized thin pieces as shown in the picture below.

Put beaten rice in a bowl, add around 1 cup of water and mix well. Keep this aside for about 10 mins. Drain the excess water and keep it aside. Put fresh lemon juice, salt, sugar, turmeric powder, chilly powder in a bowl and mix them well. Add this lemon juice mix to the mashed bananas and mix them well.

Put mustard seeds, black gram seeds, bengal gram seeds, oil in a thick bottomed vessel/pan and heat. Once it starts spluttering, add curry leaves, chopped green chillies, asafetida powder and fry them for about 30-40 seconds. Add chopped onion and fry them in medium flame until onion turns light golden in color. Add grated coconut, chopped coriander leaves and fry them in medium flame for about 2 mins.

Add mashed bananas, soaked beaten rice and mix them well. Keep this in medium flame for about 3-4 mins. Garnish with mixture or sev and serve hot.

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