Creating a blog was out of the question for a long time for me, as measuring everything in the kitchen was like biting into an eggshell. I enjoy cooking and don’t want to waste even a slightest bit of enjoyment in that small world of mine. But little did I know that everything will change, when my husband came home with the Oscar nominated film ‘Julie and Julia’( a real life story) where Julie Powell (part played by Amy Adams) challenged herself to make all the 524 recipes from Julia Child's cook book ‘Mastering the Art of French Cooking’ and blogging all her experiences (The Julie/Julia Project). It was an inspiring movie. A few days later when we were discussing this casually with a friend of ours over tea…everything changed dramatically…..” How about you making at least half of it in one year? Not French but your own. 262 recipes that will inspire others and present it as a blog?” For a minute my mind traveled faster than light… With an experience as a helper in my mother in laws kitchen for 6 years followed by a three year everyday struggle to satisfy the palate of my foodie husband, if I cannot do it then why should I cook? But on the other side with an experience in English literature extending no more than expanding outline stories in English grammar class when I was 18 and two small kids that come in handy at times, will a commitment for the next one year work? Anyway my ‘cook's ego’ didn’t allow me to say no...

So my friends …here I am opening my recipe book, trying to perfect and present 262 recipes in the coming 365 days….A Challenge that will of course tastes good. Come.. Have a walk with me along my journey.. Cheering and inspiring….Forgiving and tolerating…Testing and tasting….for ‘A Tasty Challenge’

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Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Ethakka Porichathu (Fried Plantain Bananas with Ghee and Sugar)

Recipe No: 168
When my daughter was around 4 years old, she used to refer to her Grandmothers as ‘French fries Ammachi’ (French Fries, being her favorite food by my  Mother in Law) and ‘Uppari Ammachi’ (Ethakka Uppari/ Plantain Chips, being her favorite food by my Mother) (Many of you guys who know us personally will be thinking "foodie daughter of  foodie parents"...Yes...she is a perfect match to us and we are still mending our Son who is not yet there!!!). As for me nothing screams ‘Home’ and ‘Mother’ more than this dish. Three of us, her kids, ate a lot of these during our childhood and for me this was 'the' extravaganza during my pregnancy and for a few months after delivery. Can you believe my brother, who is 9 years older, used to envy me for this!!!!!

This will be familiar to many in many ways, but this is how my Mother used to make  them. So here is it just like the way she made and just like the way she presented…

Ingredients                                        Serves 1
  • Ripe Sweet Plantain…………..1
  • Ghee as needed
  • Sugar as needed
  • Oil for deep frying
Method of Preparation
  1. Cut the Plantain into 2 through the middle. Then slice each piece lengthwise into 4.
  2. Heat 4-5 Tablespoons of Oil in a pan on medium heat and fry the Bananas.
  3. Once fried, drain the excess Oil and arrange them on a serving plate.
  4. Spread some Ghee on the fried Plantains while still hot.
  5. Sprinkle some Sugar over the Ghee.
  6. Layer all the pieces like the the way you want and serve warm.
  • Fry the Plantains in batches and avoid overcrowding.
  • Do I have to mention specially that this is very good for kids?
  • I had seen my Sister in Law frying Plantains in Ghee itself. But I prefer Oil just because that's the way my Mom always does.
  • As the Sugar we get here is very fine, it will melt very fast. So it is not very clear in the picture.

Make it, enjoy the deliciousness and 
serve it to your family with love…


Mr. Bronzon said...

This one is a twist and I think this is going to land up on our dinner table tonight, Asha! we'll keep you posted but I don't think the number of pieces on the plate shown will serve 1 - at least not this one called Bronzon :-D

Indian Khana said...

Looks delish....

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