Wondering what the word “Bhaji” (Baja-gi) in Green Plantain Bhaji means. Well I was trying to link it to Wikipedia so it would be easier but the Bhaji that was described was totally different then I expected. It was what we call Bhajia, which are deep fired fritter made with garbanzo bean flour, onions, spices, baking soda and chopped cilantro. So I would not be wrong in saying that it is a common slang in Goa and some parts of Indian that “Bhaji” (mind you J is not pronounced as H in Indian) means cooked vegetables.
Kerala is a coastal state just like Goa and is down south. On a side note, it is believed that St Thomas landed in Kerala and just like Goa has a huge Christian population which is mostly made of Orthodox Christians and you wont believe… a very tiny percent of Jews who still have a synagogue in Kochi. Apart from the Portuguese who landed first in Kerala then followed by the Dutch and English. It also has the highest Literacy Rate in India.
When I cooked the Green Plantains, I realized that they are a good substitute for potatoes. It does not have a lot of flavor and is very dry and waxy to taste. Also since it has more resistant starches, it makes for a lower GI food. You can check the following article.
Serving Size: 6-8
- 4 green plantains
- 1 medium diced onions
- 1 cup grated coconut
- 1 tbsp of xacuti masala
- 1/4 tsp of whole black mustard seeds
- 3 whole red chilli
- 3/4 cup water
- 12-15 curry leaves
- Salt to taste
- Steam the 4 green plantains on medium heat for 25 minutes. Let cool, then skin it and dice the plantains.
- Heat oil in a pan. Add the mustard seeds, red chillies and half the curry leaves. Be careful as the mustard seeds tend to splatter, cover the pan for 30 seconds till the popping sound is over.
- Next add the xacuti masala and saute for 1 minute. To this add the water and salt to taste, cook covered for 2-3 minutes on medium heat.
- Add the chopped plantains, mix well and check for seasoning. Again cover and cook for 5 minutes.
- Next add the grated coconut, curry leaves and stir. Cook covered for another 3-5 minutes till done.
Serve this Green Plantain Bhaji as a savory side with rice or bread. It is vegetarian and vegan friendly. Not a fan of Green Plantains then try out my Green Beans Recipe.