April 14, 2011

Vazhakai Podi | Spicy Raw Banana stir fry

Vazhakkai Podi / Spicy Raw Banana curry is a quick and delicious curry that you can put together in under 15 minutes. Make and store the masala powder beforehand for everyday use and you will have plenty of time in the kitchen. This curry goes well with yoghurt rice / Rasam / Sambhar (now I am repeatedly talking about curd rice in all my previous posts coz its summer now, and nothing satiates tummy like chilled yoghurt rice!

This masala powder can be used with other veggies too – Potato / Arbi (Colocasia) or any other tubers. Sending this to day 7 of Blogging Marathon that I am running under the theme "Vazhakkai Podi". 

Here's a quick recap of this week under "Accompaniments":
Preparation time: 15 minutes
Cooking time : 10 mins
Serves : 2
Difficulty level : Easy

  • Raw banana – 2 nos
  • Oil – 2 tbsp
  • Tumeric – ½ tsp
  • Tempering : Mustard (1 tsp), Curry Leaves
  • Salt – to taste
  • Amchur / Dry Mango Powder – 1 tsp
Masala / Spice Powder :
  • Urad Dal – 1 tsp
  • Black Pepper – ½ tsp
  • Channa Dal – 1 tsp
  • Dhaniya seeds– 1 tsp
  • Hing – a pinch
  • Red chillies – 2 nos
1) Peel and cube the raw banana into ½ inch cubes.
2) Boil banana in water and salt for 8 – 10 minutes till 90% done.Drain.
3) Meanwhile, roast all the masala powder in 1 tbsp oil till the dals slightly colour.
4) Cool and powder the masala.
5) In a skillet, add 1 tbsp of oil. Splutter curry leaves and mustard seeds. Add turmeric.
6) Add the boiled veggies and toss. Now add the masala powder and the amchur. Stir well till the masala powder coats all the veggies evenly. Add 1 or 2 tsp oil more if necessary.
7) Adjust salt and serve with rice and sambhar or just curd rice.
You may also boil whole and peeled raw banana and grate the veggie thickly. In that case, do not stir too much as it becomes 
You may substitute ½ tsp of tamarind paste in place of amchur. I personally don’t prefer adding tamarind extract or paste as this is a dry curry.


  1. Good dish using raw banana..Will try soon..

  2. Omg, would love to finish that whole bowl,my fav curry..

    Btw regarding ur question about Savoury cake, just skip the eggs and use flax seed meal or silken tofu to replace the eggs with more butter milk, hope i cleared ur doubt..

  3. Hi kalyani, how are you busy with marathon :) The curry looks super - pity we don't get vazhakai where we live for the asking! Hence it becomes a rare treat! lovely post :)

  4. love the addition of masala powder. Looks very delcicious

  5. Nice side for yogurt rice. Looks yum!

  6. Love your masala podi and of course the fry as well.

  7. This looks really good....And I have some awards waiting for you,in my blog..Please check that and collect that dear...

  8. Hi Kalyani,

    This is regarding your question on Coconut Rava Laddu. Today I made aval laddu with dessicated coconut and it came out fine. So it should definetly work with Cocounut rava laddu too. It may require more milk.

    South Indian Home

  9. We make it too but powder it as the name suggests. BTW, did you get your post back?

  10. This dish is very tempting and mouthwatering! I will share this to my wife, because she's exactly looking for a recipe where she can use a banana. Anyway, please keep on sharing!

    Beef Stir Fry


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