Saturday, November 7, 2009

Kancha Kadali bhaja or plantain fry


Plantain Fry or Kancha (unripe) Kadali bhaja in Oriya is one more in the back to basics series like the 'Muga Lau Dalma'. Again it is super easy to prepare and can be done very easily within 1/2 hr and with very less ingredients. The key here is not too over cook the plantain, else you have a nice mashed plantain dish.

Plantain is a dish that you need to develop taste for. As a kid I ate it in disguised forms like in cutlets. But slowly over time I have started enjoying it.

Ingredients
2-3 Green Plantain cut into round slices
Red chillies
Punch Phutan
Salt to taste
1 tea spoon of Turmeric powder
1 table spoon of Oil

How To
Boil the plantain in a water and salt and turmeric powder for 10 minutes. Keep an eye, so that plantain is nearly cooked through. This process helps make the cooking faster and allows the dish to use less oil.
Throw the extra water out or use in curries, it has loads of vitamins.
Take another pan. Heat oil in it. Once the oil is hot, add red chillies and punch phutan and the plantains.
Fry for 2-3 minutes to brown the edges and you are done!

Isn't this a life saver in terms of time ? If you don't like plantain, you can cook potatoes in the same way too - uses much less oil.

On another note, the picture in the background is a Patachitra painting from Orissa. These painting are done on special cloth called "Pata" and usually depict Krishna leelas and other folk stories.

60 comments:

  1. First off, I love the painting!And the crisps looks yummy, Somoo

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  2. Oh Thats Lovely Somoo...We call it Ash Plantains...and cook it in quite a similar fashion... what an excellent shot...it looks really great !....It has always been my FAVORITE ( as a savory side dish)...although its nearly impossible to locate here ...you must have a really great indian store in your town!

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  3. The painting is beautiful Somoo, I have also started eating plantains regularly in the recent years only.

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  4. lovely plantain fry and beautiful patachitra

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  5. Kalabhaja is a must for bhog during puja. I love it with khichuri. the crisp looks good Somoo.
    Love the beautiful Patachitra.

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  6. I love plantains in any form. Such a fabulous and quicky yummy recipe.

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  7. New comer here .So I can learn Oriya food from your blog .The plantain fry looks yummy. Do visit
    http://padhuskitchen.blogspot.com/

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  8. So quick, simple but delicious fry...

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  9. Koncha kadali kohile ahuri thik huanta na Somoo? :-)
    Just kidding. Sorisho telore taste bahut badhiya huye. My favourite. :-) I have a good collection of patachitras ... I treasure the ones on the palm leaves.

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  10. yummy plaintain fry and lovely picture.u have a nice blog. you can visit my blog and give ur comments.

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  11. I haven't eaten plantains since I was a child. Your dish looks delicious! BTW, did you get rid of the spyware?

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  12. Nat - I get it from NJ Indian stores whenever I get a chance to go.
    Sharmila - you are right. Changes done... Yes I love the ones on palm leaves too, don't have them here though...
    Palidor - I had to rebuild my laptop and I dont use it anymore. The spyware issue I didnt have on the desktop...

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  13. Dear Somoo
    You again reminded me of Athgarh days! Nice photo and composition.
    I am travelling to Cuttack, Bhubaneswar, Athagarh, Rambha and Bhitara Kanika in December. I am making a list of all traditional dishes and will handover to " Bhaujas and Bahus" (depending upon their seniority), so that they are ready.
    When are you posting few Mahuras?
    Besara is a great success with my Punjabi friends too...
    Take care and best wishes

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  14. Kancha Kadali bhaja looks so tempting

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  15. Looks very appealing and nice. Thats an interesting title too.

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  16. Nice paintings Sommo and your plaintain curry looks simple and delicious.. perfect with hot rice and dhal :)

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  17. looks healthy and tasty. Framing it with the patachitra was a wonderful ethnic touch. Good show

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  18. I love anything with plantain, prefect for me...

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  19. Ushnish - mahura needs the seniors here. Wait for my MIL to come...
    Soma - quick and easy right ?
    Malar - thanks.
    Padma - the painting is a traditional art form, wanted to highlight something from Orissa...
    Kalyan - thanks wanted to highlight the patachitra
    Priya - good. this is an easy one too...

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  20. Lovely dish. Very nice and simple and easy to prepare. Thanks for the mouth watering recipe.

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  21. It's a great side dish with dal and rice..I would love to try this fry..pl. accept your award..

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  22. Sounds simple and yum! Also loved the painting in the background!

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  23. Nice painting dear and yummy fry..

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  24. hi Somoo,
    I love the art work u've displayed dear, I wanted to buy the authentic ones in puri, we managed to buy some original ones but some we got cheated big time :(
    The plantain curry looks super comforting , I find heaven in dishes which use minimal ingredients :)
    TC

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  25. This is the way I love the plantains..just my way of tempering is bit different..

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  26. I too half cook the potatoes before frying; this planatain fry is something new to me; looks yummy! the painting looks wonderful with krishna;

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  27. Babli - easy so easy...
    Indrani - thanks for the awards...
    A2Z-thanks
    Valarmathi-thanks
    Raji - glad you liked it.
    Pratibha-thanks
    Suparna - these paintings are expensive, but I hate it when they cheat you...
    Sowyma - cool. Simple and easy right...
    Akaal - yeeah good idea to save time and oil. Thanks...

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  28. Looks great dear..I love these plantains

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  29. What a simple recipe for plantain fry!

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  30. loved the pattachitra as a backdrop!!
    plaintain fry is delicious n simple..i use a lot of plaintain as my husband likes it very much..

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  31. Anu and Sangeeta - it is quick and simple... Have to keep it that way these days...

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  32. Why didn't i know this recipe when i was living at home in india, this looks so so good.

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  33. simple recipe..and is gud to go fr a quick lunch

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  34. Simple but yet delicious curry!

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  35. Happy Cook - glad you liked it...
    Subha - yes easy one
    Cham - simple indeed.

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  36. easy and inviting plantain recipe.nice back ground pic too.

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  37. Please collect your award from my blog.

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  38. Plantain fry looks simply superb...yummy!!!

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  39. Jeya and Sarah - thanks.
    Babli - thanks so much for sharing with me...

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  40. I love plantain fry, simple and yummy recipe:)

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  41. i love simple recipes which still tastes gr8..looks yumm

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  42. Simply superb!! Looks delicious...My fav Veggie..Love it.

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  43. Nandini - thanks.
    Gulmohar - thanks
    Mythreyi - simple and easy!
    Preety and Sangeetha thanks so much...

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  44. Loooks so nice and simple too :)

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  45. PLantain fry seems so delicious.Nice painting dear.

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  46. Very nice.... I liked the painting n the fry.. Pass me the platter.. Well seasoned!

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  47. Hi.

    That makes a very delcious snack.. I thought plantain fry was a traditinal south India snack

    Work from home India

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  48. Wow..that sure looks delicious.We also make something similar to this in Kerala:).

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  49. Work Hard - yes that is plantain chips... Thats so yum too...
    Dhanya - I love the plantain chips... Wow - you too make something similar ?

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  50. The painting was the attentionseeker. Plantain fry looks yumm...

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  51. Colorful blog somoo.Plantain fry is amazing.Following you.I had a friend from your state during my college days.

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