Aratikaaya Masala Pulusu (Spiced Raw Banana Curry)

Course : Curry
Serves: 4
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3 tablespoons oil
1/4 teaspoon black mustard seeds
8 medium curry leaves
1/2 teaspoon red chile powder
1/4 teaspoon turmeric
1 teaspoon salt -- to taste
---set 1---
4 medium bananas
1 1/2 tablespoons tamarind paste
---set 2---
1 teaspoon cumin seeds
4 cloves garlic
1 piece ginger -- (1/2 inch)
2 whole cloves
1 teaspoon uncooked rice

Preparation / Directions:

Make Set 2 into a paste (adding a few drops of water) and keep aside. Raw bananas should be cut into four pieces each. Remove the skin and keep aside. In a deep skillet heat oil, add mustard seeds and when seeds start popping add curry leaves and the above paste (of Set 2). Fry on moderate heat for one minute. Add 1.5 cups water, tamarind paste, and the banana pieces. Also add red chile powder, turmeric and salt. Let cook on low heat for 15 minutes or until the gravy thickens. Note: Some tamarind paste can be very sour, so you may need to adjust according to your taste. You can add a spoon of sugar just before removing from heat.

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