Cooked Green Bananas in Turmeric Tomato Sauce

Ndizi Na Samaki


10 to 12 pieces of green fig or cooking bananas {green hard bananas peeled slice the in the middle by making them pieces and if you want you can bisected in the middle}
1 – 2 cups water {you may need more or less depending on the bananas}
Fried pieces of fish {Do this beforehand, fish of your choice}
1 teaspoon salt or to taste
1 & 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
1 to 2 onions, thinly sliced
1/2 to 1 teaspoon garlic paste
1/2 to 1 teaspoon ginger paste
3/4 – 1 cup tomatoes or to taste
1 bay leaf (optional)
2 -3 tablespoons of oil
2 whole chillies
1/2 turmeric powder

A} Peel your bananas first, cut them in the middle and put them in the basin of water until you finish peeling all the bananas
B} Put the bananas in a deep pot and add enough water to cover the bananas
C} Add salt and bring to a boil
D} Allow to cook for about 7 – 10 minutes or until they are half way cooked
E} While this cooks, let’s prepare the other ingredients. Wash and chop the tomato, fresh chilies
F} In a large saucepan put the cooking oil to heat on a medium heat, and then add the onion, garlic
G} Let them cook on the medium/low heat for about 3-5 minutes. We’re trying to get the onion translucent and release the rich flavours of the garlic and ginger
H} Next add chopped tomatoes, chilies, turmeric powder and black pepper. Let that cook for about 3 minutes
I} Now add the cooked half way banana, give it a good stir and reduce heat
J} Allow to come back up to a gentle simmer for 1 -2 minutes
K} Now add about 1 cup of water from the boiled bananas and bay leaf
Cover and simmer
L} Cook for ten minutes or until the bananas are tender
M} Add the already fried pieces of fish in the middle of bananas 2-3 minutes before serving your delicious bananas
N} Adjust seasoning by adding a little bit of lime juice to taste {this is optional}

Do wear gloves or coat your hands with cooking oil to prevent the sort of ‘milk’ to cause your hands to be sticky and possibly itch. Don’t get that ‘milk’ (sap) onto your clothes.

Written by Farhat

Farhat Abbas

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