Banana peppers are one of our favourite vegetables. In Sri Lanka, we can easily buy Banana Peppers(aka Malu Miris),but here in Singapore, we always visit Little India to buy this capsicum type.I really like it as it adds some spicy taste to the meal making it real Sri Lankan.I cook it in different ways. Please check this stuffed Malu Miris, Tuna with Malu Miris and chicken with malu miris for some other similar recipes.
In this post, I share two methods to cook malu miris. One is as a stir fry. If you like a stir fry, don’t add thick coconut milk at the end.But I like if there is some gravy.So,I added some coconut milk at the end.Then it became a bit like a curry.Adjust the method as per your taste.
Though, banana peppers are still spicy, I added bit of chili flakes and chili powder.
Ha! yes,I make it more spicy and moreover that, by adding bit chili powder I can get the appearance I want. So, it is up to you. Avoid chili powder if you don’t like this to be too hot!
Ingredients: (for 3-4 servings)
250g Banana Peppers (aka Malu Miris)
1 medium sized tomato
1 medium size Onion
½ tspn mustard seeds
1 tspn curry powder
½ tspn turmeric powder
½ tbsp Chilli powder
½ tbsp. Chilli flakes(aka Kali Miris)
¼ tspn fenugreek seeds
Piece of cinnamon
1-2 cardomom pods
1 sprig Curry Leaves
2 inch piece of Pandan leave (optional)
Salt to taste
2 tbspn Oil
1 tbspn Maldive fish (optional)
½ cup Thick coconut milk (optional)
Wash, Slit the banana peppers lengthwise. Keep aside.
Cut tomato into small pieces. Keep aside.
Slice onion. Heat a pan with 2-3 tbspn oil.
Add mustard seeds & let it fry.
When mustard seeds start to pop up,add onion, followed by curry leaf and pandan leave.
Sauté until onions are golden colour. Then add cardamom, cinnamon & cloves.
Mix well. After that add banana peppers. Mix well & fry till banana peppers are tender.
Then add curry powder, chili powder, Chili flakes, fenugreek seeds, cinnamon stick and tomato. Mix well. Cover and cook till tomato is tender. At this point, add bit water and allow to cook till banana peppers are cooked well and coated with tomato & curry paste. Add Maldive fish (optional)and salt as per taste.
Cover & fry for another few minutes until cooked properly.
The banana pepper stir fry is ready to serve!
Serve hot with rice & enjoy!
If you prefer it as a curry,
Add thick coconut milk at this stage and simmer for few minutes. Adjust salt.