Feb 3, 2011

Pazham Nirachathu / Stuffed Plantain

                Mom in law had sent a bunch of plantains which grew in the kitchen garden. I was on the eager wait to get them ripe. We ate the first batch, steamed and mixed with coconut milk. It is one of my hubby's childhood favourites. I hadn't decided what to do with the next batch, when my better half suggested, "you haven't prepared Pazham Nirachathu for us yet. Why not try it now?". So it was going to be Pazham Nirachathu, another Malabar Dish which is usually made during Iftars or on special occasions.



               Slitting the plantains and filling them proved to be challenging for me. When I had watched my mom do it, I had thought it to be too easy. But when I filled one slit and moved over to the other, the filling from the previous slit was slipping out. So I made only three slits in the plantain (Some people makes four) and was with  much efforts that I managed to hold everything in place until I covered the slits with the batter and deep fried them. And was really happy with the outcome. It looked like Pazham Nirachathu perfectly made and tasted quite the same... :)

              Pazham Nirachathu is almost similar to Unnakkaya which I had previously posted. But in Unnakkaya, steamed and mashed ripe plantain is used unlike in Pazham Nirachathu which uses the whole plantain as such. So it's easier to prepare Pazham Nirachathu than the other.




Here is the recipe..

Things you need:

2 medium sized ripe plantains
1 Egg
25 g Cashew Nuts, broken to small pieces
25 g Raisins
3 tbsp Sugar
1 tbsp grated coconut
1/4 tsp Cardamom powder
2 tbsp pure Ghee / Clarified Butter
2 tbsp All purpose Flower
1/2 cup of Veg. Oil

Method

1)   Beat the Egg with Sugar and keep aside.
2)   Heat Ghee in a pan and add the Cashews and Raisins and saute until cashews turn brown and raisins are puffed up. Add the grated coconut to this and saute for a couple of minutes. Then add the egg and sugar along with cardamom powder and saute with until the egg is cooked and granulated. Remove from heat and keep aside.
3)   Peel the plantains and make 3 slits on each of them length wise with a knife in such a way that the slits join each other at the center along seed part and stops just before the two ends of plantains.
4)   Now fill these slits with the filling previously prepared taking care not to over stuff them.
5)   Mix the flower with adequate water to form a thick batter. Using this batter seal the slits of the plantains until the filling is not visible.
6)   Heat oil in a wok and carefully fry the filled plantains in it until all sides are equally brown and done.
7)   Take out from the oil and drain on a kitchen tissue. Serve hot by slicing the plantains into small circles. Each circle will have three slits of filling on them.


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44 comments:

  1. I had this when I was little girl in my aunt's place, this is a very famous dish isn'it. Looks very yummy.

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  2. Pazham nirachadhu is new to me.. love the stuffing and the clicks

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  3. wow looks delicious and temping ...ur clicks are awesome.

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  4. lovely recipe... beautifully done and looks so delicious...
    Reva

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  5. Delicious with nuts and coconut.

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  6. i used to wait for the train to stop at ernakulam junction wen i was small to have this......i cud never get the same taste anywhere.....love it

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  7. Never had this..But want to give atry...Loved the close up click of the filled n cooked banana

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  8. oh they look so beautiful :) ur effort is truly shown in the pics :)

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  9. very tempting clicks and its making me drool...yum! my fav

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  10. New for me and looks fab ...so yum to drool

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  11. Such a yummy snack! Love the filling too...

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  12. That looks spectacular! Thanks for a gorgeous post!

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  13. WOW...Looks delightful!!! I have never tasted stuffed plaintains before & looks like something that should not be missed out on..;)
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  14. Very new for me, stuffed plantain makes me hungry..

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  15. stuffing in banana..very new to me.thanks for sharing

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  16. Wow stuffed plantain looks yummy..

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  17. This looks perfect,love it,drooling.

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  18. Very inviting and lovely! I'd definitely love to have some!

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  19. Wow, this looks amazing and delicious. I think I could only do one slit!

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  20. very innovative sure will be super hit...

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  21. wow, like to grab that plantain, yummy

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  23. Wow that looks gorgeous .This is new to me.Wonderful recipe

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  24. Is it Nenthiram pazham or any other bananana will do? this is a tottally new recipe to me! Looks like lot of tricky work is needed. lokks yummy though!! :p

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  25. this looks too yummy to resist!! tempting clicks!!:)

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  27. What an innovative idea..
    Looks delicious and amazing..

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  28. This is something new to me. I have never seen a fried stuffed banana before. Looks really good!

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  30. O my.... am I dreaming? lovely lovely pic..and first time Iam hearing this...would love to taste this.....

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  32. Beautiful work, never came across anything so lovely...tempting dish.

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  35. Thanks for visiting my blog.This dish looks awesome aand yummy.I have had ripe plantain podi before (deep fried with besan),but never tried this in kerala.This dish seems etremely technique sensitive and needs practise.:)

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  36. wow.. ur effort shows of in the pics ! could sense the taste.. yum :)

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  38. Looks delicious and mouth watering. Wonderful presentation.

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  39. Stuffed plantain is new to me.LOoks so delicious and yummy.wonderful presentation.

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