Friday, December 7, 2018



In my house, I make it a point to make dishes using Raw Bananas, also known as Green Bananas, from time to time. As explained in this article in, raw/green bananas have numerous health benefits.

These are called Vazhakkai in Tamil, Balekayi in Kannada and Kache Kele in Hindi.  You will find elsewhere in this blog recipes for other dishes using Raw Bananas such as Swadisht Vegetable Rolls, Kele Koddel,  and Vazhakkai Podimas.

I liked a new dish I tried out today. This is a side dish made with raw bananas supposed to be in the Iyengar style. It is adapted from the YouTube video for Raw Banana Masala Curry by Right Click Creations.

  • Raw Bananas, chopped, 2
  • Tamarind Juice, 2 tbsp
  • Jaggery, crushed, 1 tbsp
  • Water, 1/4 cup
  • Salt, to taste
For The Powder:-
  • Chana Dal, 1 tsp
  • Urad Dal, 1 tsp
  • Sesame Seeds, 1 tbsp
  • Curry Leaves, a sprig
  • Byadgi Dry Red Chillies, 3
  • Fenugreek Seeds, 1/2 tsp
  • Asafoetida Powder, 1/8 tsp
  • Turmeric Powder, 1/8 tsp 
For the Seasoning:-
  • Mustard Seeds, 1/2 tsp
  • Urad Dal, 1/2 tsp
  • Dry Red Chilli, broken into halves,  1
  • Oil, 1 tbsp

Wash, peel and cube the raw bananas and keep aside
In a pan, dry roast on medium heat chana dal, urad dal, sesame seeds, curry leaves, dry red chillies and fenugreek seeds for 3-4 minutes or till the dals change colour
Allow it to cool and transfer to a small mixer jar
To this, add the asafoetida powder and turmeric powder
Grind this to make a fine powder and keep aside

Heat oil in the same pan and on moderate heat add the mustard seeds and when they splutter add the urad dal
When the dal changes colour add the broken red chilli
Saute for a few seconds

Now add the cubed raw bananas and tamarind juice and mix well
Add the crushed jaggery and salt to taste
Mix well and cook covered for about 3 minutes on medium flame
Next add the prepared powder of dals and spices and mix well
Add 1/4 cup of water and mix thoroughly and cook for a couple of minutes so that the bananas and the masala get well blended
Transfer to a serving bowl and serve hot as a side dish

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