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Aratikaya Mulakkada Iguru (Plantain Curry)

Jul 13th, 2009 | By | Category: All Recipes, Curries & Gravies, Veg - Recipes

aratikaya mulakkada

A series of incidents have kept me away from blogging lately. Well, to name a few… I broke my camera, fell sick, got busy at work blah blah. In a way I’m happy to fall sick. Any guesses whats the good part about it?? Oh! Yes hubby dear cooking dinner and me enjoying the delicious dishes. Although, he does’nt know how to cook I must say he did quite a good job and I’m proud of him. Well, things have come back to normal but since I’m still recovering and want to spend less time in the kitchen, I decided to fix something with minimal ingredients for dinner.As I tweaked into the refrigerator, I happen to find plantains lying around and realised its been ages I stopped cooking a curry with plantain,since hubby dear is not a big fan of them. But I decided to give it a try one more time and he liked it. It’s a simple and delicious gravy dish that goes well with hot rice or rotis. I also add hard boiled eggs to this curry when I do not find fresh drumsticks in the grocery stores here.Ok, now lets take a peek at the recipe.

Note: Since plantains turn black after they are peeled and cut, I usually set aside a bowl of water mixed with 3 tbsps of curds (plain yoghurt) and throw in the cut plantain pieces into it to prevent from discoloring till I add them to the curry.


2  Plantains/aratikaya (Peel, cut into small cubes and set aside)

2 Drumsticks/mullakada (cut into 2 inch pieces)

3 medium onions (about 2 cups finely chopped)

¼tsp mustard seeds (avalu)

½ tsp cumin seeds (jeera)

¼ tsp turmeric powder

3 tbsps cooking oil

10-12 curry leaves

1 tsp chilli powder (adjust)

1 ½  cup water

1 cup warm milk

1/4 tsp garam masala powder (adjust)

3 tbsps chopped fresh coriander leaves for garnish

How to:

  • Heat oil in a deep  bottomed vessel or kadhai. On low flame add mustard seeds, cumin seeds and let them splutter. Add chopped onions, drumsticks, curry leaves and salt. Increase the flame to medium and fry till the onions are soft and light golden brown in color, stirring in between taking care not to burn them.
  • Add chilli powder, and plantain pieces. Mix well. Cover and cook on medium flame for 3-4 mts stirring occassionally.
  • Add water, bring to boil then reduce the flame to medium low. Allow to cook till the plantains turn soft and all the water is absorbed.
  • Now add warm milk to the curry and cook till the curry reaches desired gravy consistency.
  • Adjust salt and just before turning off the flame, add garam masala, chopped coriander leaves. Mix well and turn off the flame.
  • Serve hot with steamed rice or chapattis/rotis
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  1. So sweet of ur hubby…
    Even my hubby does not know anything in cooking…:)
    Lovely curry..

  2. hi sowjanya garu this is purnima hope u remember me after long gap u posted the recipe it seems. i will try it

  3. Of course purnima, I remember you. Thanks for dropping by. I was sick so could’nt blog for a while. Thanks for asking.

  4. Hmm perfect with roti, its lunch time here and now m feeling too hungry..so off i go 🙂

  5. This combination of plaintain with drumstick is new to me…looks very delicious 🙂

  6. Good to see you back Sowjanya, the curry looks good..

  7. Aratikaya & Mulakkada sounds like a very interesting combo. I’m going to try this dish. You have very nice blog, its my first time here and will be back for more recipes. Hope you feel better. TC.

  8. Thanks pavani. Let me know how you liked, if you happen to try it.

  9. Glad that you are better! The plantain gravy looks awesome!

  10. hi ,
    wonderful authentic recipe looks so tempting , wonderful snap.
    Glad to hear that u r on the road to recovery, I wish u a speedy recovery.

    Thanks for the tips, it’s really handy and I’m gonna try it the next time I cook plantains 🙂 (egg with plantains would be really interesting :))
    Hope to see more recipes from you…will see u more often 🙂

  11. Thanks for the nice words and your wishes suparna.

  12. the curry looks very new to me ….. nice try soujanya .. will try some time ……

  13. Thanks kalyani.

    Indeed the recipe is picked up from my mom. I grew up eating the curry in my lunch box with vadiyalu on the side. No matter how I cook, it never tastes like hers. She adds just cloves powder (lavangalu podi) at the end instead of garam masala. I keep swapping between both depending on my mood.

  14. Hi Sowjanya:

    Sorry to hear that you fell sick. I was eagerly waiting for your blogs these days, but again I felt bad after I came to know that You were not well. Please rest well and get well soon. We will wait for your blogs.


  15. I’m overwhelmed sravya with your concern. Thanks a lot for asking. I’m doing good now and back to blogging again.

  16. Sorry to hear that you were sick, and happy that you are able to blog again. I liked the tip about putting the plantains in yogurt – interesting.I loved the recipe.

  17. Ur recipies are really awesome…..i m getting married next year and that too into a bhramin family….i ve been following ur recipies and i should tell u….its helping me a lot…thank u sowjanya…you are god sent…

  18. Hi Nidhi,

    I’m glad you liked my website. My heartfelt wishes on your marriage. May god bring you all happiness in the world. See you around.

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