Green Banana Bonanza

Green Banana Bonanza

By Sheela Sheth, Food Expert

A mineral-rich superfood of green banana flour is replacing my pantry in 2020. It also happens to meet our fibre and probiotic requirements. These green banana recipes bring back memories from the years I spent in Africa.

 

Green Banana Halwa

Ingredients

½ cup raw banana flour

1 ½ cups water

2 tsp powdered palm sugar or jaggery

2 tsp ghee

Chopped or powdered nuts

Saffron (optional)

½ tsp cardamom powder

 

Directions

1. Melt jaggery in half the water and boil until it thickens

2. Add flour, adding more water and stirring to avoid forming lumps

3. Add the ghee and stir until it thickens and leaves the side of the pan

4. Transfer the mixture to a greased pan and when cool, cut them into squares sprinkling finely cut almonds and pistachio

 

Banana Cutlets

Ingredients

4 green bananas

1 large boiled potato

2 slices of bread

2 tbsp bread crumbs for dusting

Green chilli paste

½ tsp lemon salt

1 tsp coriander powder

Oil for pan fry

Salt to taste

 

Directions

1. Boil the bananas with skin in little salt for about 15 minutes

2. Remove skin and mash, adding the boiled potato and bread soaked in water, squeezing all the water out

3. Add all the above ingredients except oil

4. Place all the cutlets on the skillet sprinkling oil and let it brown on both sides on medium heat

5. Serve with green chutney or ketchup

 

Matoke in Coconut Sauce

Ingredients

4 green bananas, peeled and cut into small cubes

1 taro root or yam (optional)

4 garlic cloves, crushed

Pinch of turmeric

1 cup coconut milk

1 tsp rice powder

1 large onion, diced

1 medium-size tomato, finely cut

Hot peppers to taste

Cilantro for garnish

Salt to taste

 

Directions

1. Saute onions in olive oil

2. Now add the tomatoes and let it cook with the crushed garlic and pepper

3. Add banana cubes, adding half cup water and salt

4. Let it cook until soft and set aside

5. Prepare coconut gravy with a little rice flour, mixing well

6. Add the cooked banana pieces to the curry and spice to your taste

7. Garnish with freshly cut cilantro   

 

Did you know?

A powerhouse of nutrients and fibre, green bananas are rich in resistant starch and pectin, which are filling, improve digestive health and help lower blood sugar levels. They’re known to suppress cravings and reduce binge eating so they’re great for weight loss

 

Sheela’s kitchen confidentials

  •   Add a little salt to the water to avoid cut bananas from turning brown
  •   Boil green banana with the skin intact to make it easier to peel
  •   Always add the cooked vegetables in any coconut gravy just before serving to avoid curdling