Sri Lankan ash plantain curry-
a mild, coconut milk based, healthy vegetarian curry.
Make this simple dish for your rice and curry menu.
What is Ash plantain?
Ash plantain is a variety of plantain which can be turned into a curry, they have thick skinned and can be cooked when they are raw.
What does Ash Plantain taste like?
They taste like any starchy vegetable but might be a little softer than potatoes.
Ash Plantain curry in your
Sri Lankan menu.
If you would like to make a Sri Lankan vegetarian/vegan curry that is easy and takes on the theme of a”village type meals”.
It’s an easy mild white curry that is perfect with a Sri Lankan red rice and curry menu.
Kids are not fans of vegetables…
kids will be reluctant to try the Ash Plantain curry if they are not familiar with the vegetable.
But with all the benefits of vitamin A and fiber, I would encourage you to add the Ash plantain curry into your lunch menu at least twice or thrice a month.
This way the young ones in the family can familiarize and grow to love certain healthy vegetables like the ash plantain.
The difference between Plantain and bananas?
This might come as a surprise to some but there is a difference between banana and plantains.
While bananas have a sweeter taste and make perfect snacks plantains are less sweeter and can’t be consumed raw as you would do with a banana.
Thick skinned and much starchier than bananas, plantains need to be cooked to eat.
You can read more about Ash Plantain in this article.
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What can you make with Ash plantains?
You can turn them into white and spicy curries, savory fritters, roast them, fry them.
Even the skin can be turned into a vegan, vegetarian stir-fried mallung(salad).
Please make sure to read the recipe instructions carefully to avoid mistakes.
Ingredients mentioned below use standard measuring cups and spoons.
4 ash plantains or raw green plantains
1/2 teaspoon turmeric powder
A sprig of curry leaf
2-inch piece of pandan leaf
1 medium-sized onion sliced fine
1-inch piece cinnamon
1 teaspoon mustard seed
1 cup of water
1 cup of thick coconut milk
How to clean and cut the ash plantains.
Have a bowl of water with a pinch of salt and turmeric ready to stop the ash plantain from discoloring.
Peel the plantain skin, you will have to remove all trace of green skin.
Remove and cut them into diagonal pieces and immediately transfer them to the bowl of water with turmeric and salt.
You will have to do the cleaning of the Ash plantain and submerge them in turmeric-salt water as quickly as possible as they turn brown as soon as it’s exposed to air.
How to cook Ash Plantain(alu kesel) curry
Add the ash plantain to the pan, add curry leaves, onions, cinnamon, pandan leaf, green chillie, mustard to a pan.
Pour in the water and cook over medium heat until the ash plantains are slightly soft. 20-30 minutes in slow simmer.
Once the water is reduced, pour in the coconut milk, season with salt and let the ash plantain cook further until they turn thick and creamy. 10 minutes.
Serve warm with rice and curry menu.
Other Sri Lankan coconut milk
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