April 14, 2014

Vazhakkai Milagu Errisery | Raw banana curry with black pepper | Kerala Recipe

My first tryst with Kerala was on a 26 hour train from Bangalore to Kanyakumari (or Cape Comorin) with my parents and sis. By the time we finished the journey, we had learnt about different varieties of rice in Kerala, of Pazhampori (deep fried ripe banana friters) wrapped in newspapers, how banana and jackfruit and coconuts form the mainstay of Kerala, crossed a zillion rivers and rivulets, and the journey from the train window was more exhilarating with tiny drops of rain water flowing down the window panes and strong gust of wind blowing if we stood near the compartment door.

There is something about train journeys that a flight can't do. There is something about Kerala and its beauty that can never be summed up in the 26 alphabets of English.

To live there, to experience Mother Nature and lie in the lap of the cool breeze stemmed by the lush coconut trees – well, this is my wish list. Soon perhaps we would make that visit again, this time me being a parent to my lil adorable daughters and experience God’s Own Country all over again.
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Till then, this is a simple Kerala dish (from the Palghat cuisine side) which is practiced by more Tamil Iyers living in Palghat than the locals themselves. A neighbor who is from that region gave me this recipe and this is a standard fare on the days I make just rasam and rice, and one cant really go wrong with this. If you happen to make more of this, even better. It tastes awesome with plain chilled curd rice J

BM : 39 ~ Indian State : Kerala
Recipe : Vazhakkai Milagu Erissery
(Raw banana in black pepper masala)
Dish type :  Side Dish / Accompaniment
Served with : Steamed rice and Rasam
Spice Level : Medium to spicy
Prep Time : 15-20 mins, Cooking time : 15 mins ; Serves : 2

  • Raw banana – 2 nos
  • Turmeric – ½ tsp
  • salt to taste

Ingredients to be ground
  • Coconut (fresh / frozen) – ¼ cup
  • Black Pepper Seeds – 1 TBSP
  • Red chillies – 2 nos
  • Cumin Seeds – ½ tsp

Ingredients for seasoning
  • Mustard seeds – ½ TBSP
  • Urad dal (split black gram) - 1/2 tsp
  • Curry leaves – few
  • Asafoetida – a generous pinch
  • Oil – 2 TBSP
  • Coconut Oil – 1 tsp (optional – I sometimes add)

Peel, cube the raw banana. Bring 4 cups of water to a rolling boil. Add a pinch of turmeric and salt and par boil this veggie (about 6-8 mins) till its soft but not mushy. Drain.
Grind the ingredients under “to Grind” to a slightly coarse paste.
In a non stick pan, add oil. Splutter the ingredients to season. Add the paste and fry till the raw smell disappears.
Now add salt. Adjust spice and add the par boiled veggies.
Mix well. It can be a slightly runny gravy, however we prefer it dry.
Saute for 3-4 mins on low flame.

Finish with Coconut oil if desired else serve with Rice, Rasam and Curd.


  1. oh I love this... so tasty and so homey!!!

  2. Kalyani..you took me back to my train journey on my visit to Kerala..yes it was by train..long journey but worth every minute!..loved reading ..and love the side dish..looks so tempting!

  3. This is something i can have with any fuss with some rice and rasam, fantastic side dish.

  4. You have such nice memories of your train journey. One learns so much on long rain rides. The dish looks really nice.

  5. This looks absolutely delicious. Need to try this asap..

  6. Nice write up,raw banana errisery sounds interesting and inviting...

  7. delicious vazhakkai erissery.. perfect with rice.

  8. Wow those LTC tours of yester years!! Love this dish Kalyani!

  9. The banana poriyal looks yum kalyani..very nicely done..

  10. my favorite veggie - looks yummy

  11. One of my fave veggies - I love this preparation

  12. That is such a simple, yet delicious curry.

  13. Looks so delicious. We get a lot lot of raw bananas here and I am wonder what new to make from them. Trying this asap

  14. It looks delicious. Must try this soon.

  15. This looks like a nice side dish. Loved reading your train journey.


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