The best use of overripe bananas: Recipe for Banana Raita
Banana Raita/Pazham Pachadi is simple, frugal dish from a Tamil Brahmin kitchen and my favourite way to use overripe bananas. A perfect match to spicy rice dishes or an accompaniment to rotis and curries too.
  • 4 bananasmedium sized overripe
  • 400 – 500ml yogurtfresh
  • 2tsps dal flourudad
  • 1/2tsp salt
For tempering:
garnish: Optional
Kitchen equipment:
  • Tadka / Tempering ladle (useful for all Indian cuisines).
  1. Peel and roughly mash the bananas with a fork in a large bowl. Whisk the yogurt with the udad dal lentil flour and salt in a medium bowl. Add it to the mashed bananas. Remove into a serving bowl.
  2. Heat the oil in a small pan or a tempering ladle, add the udad dal. On medium flame, allow it to turn golden brown (will take a minute or so), add the asafoetida, curry leaves, red chillies, mustard seeds. The seeds will crackle and the red chillies will turn crisp. Transfer this over the raita.
  3. Garnish with few pomegranate pearls and a tsp of fresh grated coconut.
Recipe Notes

To make udad dal flour, roast 4 tbsp of udad dal (either split or whole) on a low flame, until aromatic, for roughly 5 minutes. Allow to cool and dry grind to a fine powder in a coffee grinder or the small jar of a mixer.