When it came to choosing a recipe for the alphabet B in this Mega Marathon- Journey Through The Cuisines, I was spoilt for choices!
I could do dishes with Bale Kaye[Raw plantain], Bale Hannu[Banana],Bale dhindu[Plantain stem],Bendekaye[Ladies Finger],Badhanekaye[Brinjal],Bellulli[Garlic],Battani[Green Peas],etc.
I first listed out all the elaborate dishes that could be made with these ingredients and then suddenly a few days back, I remembered this super simple dish and asked mom for the recipe. She laughed and said it has no steps and is actually done within a couple of minutes.
So here is the simple salad like dish that is usually served in our weddings and other traditional meals.The idea of bananas tasting sweet and spicy/savory with a
hint of salt may sound ridiculous, but you have to actually taste it to
experience the deliciousness.
Kosambari is something like a salad.There are other kinds of kosambari made with lentils that are quite famous,but this one is not so.
Traditional lunches are served on plantain leaves and there is a place where each dish is to be served and also an order in which they are to be served.You can read more about this in Ugadhi Thali post for a detailed explanation.
So, kosambari is served after salt,sugar,pickle on the plantain leaf.It is not served in large quantities. Just a spoonful or so is served on the left extreme of the plantain leaf. Though the served quantity is small, it occupies a very significant position in the meal and menu.
Except for the seasoning part, this is a no cook recipe.
Balehannu / Bananas- 2
Thengin Thuri / Grated coconut-1 tablespoon
Uppu / Salt – a pinch
Sakkaray / Sugar- a pinch
Yennay / Oil – 1 teaspoon
Saasive / Mustard seeds- 1/4 teaspoon
Udin bele / Split urad dal – 1/4 teaspoon
Karibevu / Curry leaves- a few
Menisinkai / Red Chili- 1, broken
- Chop the banana into slices and transfer onto a bowl.
- Add coconut,salt and sugar.
- Heat oil in a small pan and add mustard and urad dal. When the mustard pops and dal turns brown,add curry leaves and red chilies and pour this into the banana bowl.
- Mix and serve.
Other dishes from Karnataka that starts with B[from my blog]
This post also goes to the A-Z Challenge