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Green Banana Curry

Lots of people faced with the prospect of cooking a meal just for themselves look around their well-stocked kitchen, decide there’s nothing to eat, and either have cheese on toast or ring their local pizza place. But what if you had some bananas in the house?

Green Banana Curry

Serves 1

Preparation time: 5 minutes

Cooking time: 30 minutes

Ingredients
  • 1 Big green or 2 small green (underripe) bananas.
  • 2-3 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1 onion, finely sliced
  • 1 tbsp curry paste such as tikka
  • 200ml (14 fl oz) (Just under one cups)  can coconut milk
Optional Ingredients
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper (optional)
  • 3 tbsp chopped fresh coriander (cilantro) to garnish
Method
  • Slice the bananas into 2.5 cm (1 inch) slices
  • Heat the oil in a deep frying pan and fry the banana slices in batches until lightly browned on each side.
  • Set the fried bananas aside on a plate lined with kitchen paper
  • Add the onion to the pan and cook it for 10 minutes until soft, stirring occasionally
  • Return the banana slices to the pan and stir in the curry paste
  • Add half the coconut milk and stir well. Cook for 10 minutes over a low heat then add the seasoning.
  • Pour in the remaining coconut milk and let the mixture simmer until it thickens and the bananas break down a little.
  • Garnish with coriander if using and serve immediately with cooked rice. Basmati rice is good with this but any fragrant rice goes well.

Tips and tricks: 

  • This recipe multiplies up very nicely if making it for up to 4 people you’ll need 400Ml of coconut milk.
  • Wedges of lime make a good garnish.
  • A good sweet and spicey chutney such as mango is a heavenly addition.

Notes and variations:

  • I like to use a mild curry paste with this so that I can savour the banana flavour.
  • This is pretty substantial but if you want to kick it up a notch you can use it as the base for a heftier meal by, for example, frying a chicken breast cut into smallish cubes and frying it with the onions.
  • Prawns also taste good with this but to my surprise pork and beef don’t for some reason.

My granddaughter and myself made this today, the meal was critiqued by one of my grandsons (he likes his food heavily spiced and thinks Danish food is quite boring) verdict "nice but should be hotter …." .

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