July 29, 2012

Plantains Sauteed in Butter/Ghee..

The dog days of summer.. long hot days, humid days, a handful of thundershowers.. well.. any day a better summer than last year's wet, unseasonably cold summer.
Someone left a comment saying, " its summer outside my window" and I just realized my bog is still showing fall!!! Well, long hours of work and managing the house doesn't leave time for blogging anymore but I had to change the fall picture!!
Now its Ramzan season and all thoughts of food are centered around the traditional for me at least. 
Ramzan's fast  is a loooong day here this time and barely any time left to do the  2-3 courses of food after breaking fast. Guess we have to wait a long time before wee get winter fasts here!

Ramzan, Iftars..and Plantains..go hand in hand for me..
How many ways can you eat the humble plantains? Ask a Keralite/Mallu..
Pazham Narachathu/Plantains stuffed with coconut and sugar, or scrambled sweet egg.
Pazham Porichathu/ Plantains dipped in batter and fried.
Pazham Vattiyathu/ Plantains cut and sauteed in ghee.
Pazham Ulathiyathu/ Scrambled Plantains with coconut and sugar.
Unnakayi/ Mashed Plantains stuffed with coconut.

This one above is the simplest way to satisfy a dessert craving.. Slice Plantains into slices horizontally or vertically. Heat 2 tsp of Butter/Ghee and saute the plantains for 2-3 minutes on each side on medium heat. When they look golden halfway through the thickness, flip them and cook the other side. Sprinkle sugar and let it melt and as it starts crusting, remove and serve. Traditionally , the sugar is sprinkled after the plantains are removed onto a plate, but the slightly crusted sugar also tastes yum.
Try it on its own.. or in the Americano way.. with vanilla ice cream..:)
Don't ask if you can saute this in olive oil or vegetable oil to make it healthy...its not really meant to be.. it's meant to be enjoyed in moderation.

15 comments:

halal foodie said...

simple and delicious, looks great

Bong Mom said...

Shaheen
So good to see you post again. Where had you disappeared ? Think sent you a mail too, will do again

Take care

Myra said...

Yippie,this has made my day Shaheen, i am so ◕‿◕, (i have been thinking about you a lot)....................
Such an appropriate picture for this time of the year,warm and vibrating colours like "Le Soleil". I am very tempted to sprinkle cinnamon on these lovely slices of sunshine ? Yours Myra xx

J said...

Good to see you post Shaheen! How are you doing?

Tina said...

Simple and delicious..

Anita said...

Work and baby are keeping you away! Good to see you surface!

Anonymous said...

Thank you for coming back!!

Mallugirl said...

Thanks!!
Bong Mom, never got any email.. i have just been too busy surviving from weekend to weekend.

Myra, yeah, i know you must have missed me..how have u been? Cinnamon would be so good, and so would cardamom powder..

J, what abt u.. u also stopped posting.. its like now i don't know any of the bloggers so don't have any connection.:))

JISHA said...

Thanks for coming back. Was hungrily eyeing your come back post especially iftaar receipes. Keep posting.

Jisha

Krishna said...

hi
methinx, instead of sugar being sprinkled, dumping the crusted plantains in a gooey syrup of jaggery (with a hint of cardamon &/or cumin powder) is more like it?? but obviously; to each their own.. enjoy reading your posts, esp the veggie ones as am one myself
keep cooking & blogging :)

Princy Vinoth said...

i like this dish.very south indian flavors!

Mandira said...

Shaheen so glad to see you back. How are you doing? Have been thinking of you. Eid mubarak. Hope all is well.

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Sridevi Ravishankar said...

Hi,

I love this quick dessert just to satiate my sweet tooth. Normally, I cut the bananas in half and slit them lengthwise but slicing them is quite appealing too. I will try this next time.

salt said...

YUMMY ....DELICIOUS!! "Plantains Sauteed in Butter/Ghee"