INSTANT POT RAW BANANA MOONG DAL CURRY – LUNCH /DINNER – 5 MAIN INGREDIENTS

Instant pot Raw Banana Moong dal curry – Lunch /Dinner 

Old Vegetable but always in my  Menu . I cook Raw Banana curry at least once a week on Stove top . It takes time and monitoring in between. First time I tried in Instant Pot and it turned out tasty than stove top version without burnt bottom and no water left . Do try  the combination of Raw Banana with Moong dal and Coconut spice powder . Don’t forget to squeeze juice of Lime at the end . Just fry for couple of minutes, add other ingredients and close the lid. Serve warm with Steamed rice , Ghee and Papad ( Tomato rasam too) 

          I did a little reading about Raw Banana or Plantain  as  I cook at least 3 to 4  times in a month and learned some interesting facts.They are considered more of a vegetable and widely available around the world. It is an excellent source of Carbohydrates i.e Complex carbohydrates and naturally have Low GI of 38 which means there won’t be rapid increase of glucose in blood after eating when not deep fried. They are high in Vitamin B6 which is necessary for the formation of hemoglobin , the protein that carries oxygen in your body.  Green Banana’s and Plantains are Good source of Resistant starch . According to one study , the resistant starch in Green banana’s increases the rate of fat burning by blocking the ability of the body to use carbohydrates. When the body can’t burn carbohydrates as fuel , it’s forced to use fat instead.  Resistant starch is a type of starch that is not digested in stomach or Small intestine and reaches the colon intact . Thus it resists digestion and we won’t see Blood glucose spikes after eating RS and do not obtain significant calories from RS .  Foods high in resistant starch also increase insulin sensitivity which can help people with type 2 diabetes control their blood sugars. plantains are good source of Potassium that helps control heart rate and blood  pressure .Eating Green banana’s in moderation could have benefits for those who avoid ripe banana’s because of their high sugars. Source : HM

Recipe for 3 to 4 

INGREDIENTS :

1. Raw Banana –  6 to 8 ( Small )  ( Peel and soak in salt water to avoid discoloration)

2. Yellow Moong dal – 1/2 cup ( Soak for half hour)

3. Vegetables – Onion – One ( finely chopped) , Garlic – 6 cloves ( crushed) , Curry leaves , Crushed ginger – small piece and green chillies – 2

  4. Turmeric – 1/4 th tbsp and salt accordingly . Cumin seeds – 1 tbsp 

5. Coconut spice powder – Grind handful of dry coconut with 2 tbsp toasted sesame seeds and 2 green chillies . Red chilli powder , coriander and cumin powder – 1/2 to 1 tbsp or Curry powder – 1/2 to 1 tbsp 

6. Oil – 4 tbsp 

7. Finely chopped Coriander to add the end .

8. Juice of Lime – 1 or 2

9. Water – 1/4 th cup 

METHOD :

1. Peel raw Banana . Chop into 4 inch pieces and soak in salt water to avoid discoloration .

2. Soak Yellow Moong dal for half hour . Wash 3 to 4 times before you add to the curry . 

3. Turn Instant pot on saute mode . When warm add Oil followed by Cumin seeds , Mustard seeds and Urad dal . Add finely chopped Onions . Season with salt and Turmeric . Close with glass lid and fry till light pink .

4. Open lid and add crushed garlic, chopped green chillies , Ginger ( crushed ) and Curry leaves . Fry for a minute .

5. Add chopped raw banana , washed moong dal . Season with little salt , curry powder. Mix well .. Add water . Scrape the bottom . Close the lid .

6. Manual 5 minutes. Unplug when silver button pops up . QPR after 10 minutes. 

7. Open lid. Add coconut spice powder, Lime juice and chopped coriander . Mix gently . Taste for salt and spices and add accordingly .

SERVE with Steamed rice , Ghee and Papad .

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