I’m writing this on Sunday, not on Tuesday, because I feel the need to write up the recipe before I know for sure if it was fail or win.
My usual recipe for this is Banana Tofu Curry. It’s very good. But, I’d been wondering for some time if it were possible to make it with plantains. (Those big green banana-like fruit that need to be cooked before they’re eaten.)
So on Saturday I bought four plantains, and on Sunday I cracked a coconut I’d bought earlier (cracked two: but one of them seemed off, so I decided not to use it). This part involved much thumping and bashing with my heaviest hammer. Great fun.
And then it turned out I didn’t have any tinned pineapple. Oh, bother. However, I did have a bag of sundried pineapple, which is pretty good.
I’d also cooked about a tin’s worth of chickpeas. Into the slow cooker went:
The flesh of one coconut, well-chopped;
A packet of sundried pineapple (100g);
2 tablespoons of hot curry powder;
1 teaspoon of cumin;
1 tin of coconut milk, plus two tins more of water;
1/3 cup cashew nuts;
1/3 cup raisins/sultanas;
4 plantains, sliced.
Overnighted in the slow cooker; added 1/3 cup green peas in the morning, stirred well in, switched slow cooker off, and when the green peas were just cooked (ten minutes or so in the still-hot curry) I tried an experimental spoonful.
The plantains tasted raw as uncooked potatoes, and were similiarly hard to bite into. (The rest of the curry tasted fine.)
Well, persevere is my native city’s motto, and so I put the lid back on to the slow cooker, and last night (Monday) I stirred it up, added half a litre of pineapple juice from a carton (the curry was awfully dry) and put the cooker on high for an hour and then to low for the rest of the night.
Still, this morning: the plantain doesn’t seem very cooked. (I’d only ever eaten plantain as plantain chips, and so I’d wondered if I should fry it before adding it to the curry, but according to this you can cook plantain by boiling.) While I may try it again this evening, I think on the whole I should admit to this as one of my failures…
Oh well. Broccoli-pea soup with smoked garlic for dinner tonight. Recipe next week: it’s the second time I’ve made it, and so far it has definitely not been one of my failures.