Pazham Pulissery (Banana in coconut & curd gravy)
Onam is round the corner and the pazham pulissery once had a prominent role in Onasadya. Yep, before the Sambar and Avial invaded the onasadya, it was the erissery and pulissery that was served as the main curries alongwith thodu curries like achar, puli inchi and the like.
Pazham pulissery is an easy recipe using ripe bananas aka ethapazham / nendrapazham (seen in the picture) that are specific to Kerala. This curry is a mix of the fruit, coconut and curd that will make you eat a lot of rice…indeed…
banana - 2
water – 1 cup
turmeric – ½ tsp
green chilly – 3 or 4
cumin seeds – ¾ tsp
garlic – 3 cloves (optional)
shallots – 4 (optional
mustard seeds – ¾ tsp
grated coconut – ½ cup
water – ¼ cup
curd (beaten) – ½ cup
salt to taste
for the tempering
oil – 2 tsp
fenugreek seeds – ¼ tsp
whole red chillies (broken) – 3
curry leaves – 2 or 3 sprigs
the recipe tastes good if cooked in a clay pot.
Cut the banana into two lengthwise and then chop them into small pieces. Boil 1 cup water in a clay pot and add the banana and turmeric powder. Meanwhile, grind the green chillies, cumin seeds, garlic, shallots and mustard seeds into a fine paste. Add it into the banana mix. Add salt and let the banana cook till it is soft and slightly mushy. Grind the coconut with about ¼ cup or less water into a fine paste. Add it into the cooked banana. Check the taste. If you feel it is less pungent you may add ½ tsp chilly powder (ingredient not included in the recipe). When the raw taste of coconut is gone, turn to low heat add the beaten curd and mix well. When the curry is hot enough but not boiled turn off heat.
In another pan, heat oil in medium fire and add the curry leaves, broken whole red chillies and fenugreek seeds. Stir well till the fenugreek starts to change its color. Pour it over the banana mix and close it immediately. Let it sit for sometime and then mix the pulissery and serve with rice.
The pulissery can be prepared in advance for the Onasadya. Preparing it previous day would be the best and refrigerate the same.