Friday, March 31, 2023



Today's dish is made using Raw Bananas- which are also called Green Bananas. They are called "Kachcha Kela" in Hindi, "Balekayi" in Kannada, and  "Vazhakkai" in Tamil.

I frequently make dishes using raw/green bananas as they have numerous health benefits .

Elsewhere in this blog, you will find recipes using green/raw bananas such as:-
I have adapted this from Ambika Shetty's YouTube video for Raw Banana Curry. 

We enjoyed this yummy side dish with hot steamed rice. 


  • Raw Bananas, 2
  • Turmeric powder, 1/4 tsp
  • Tamarind Juice, 2 tbsp
  • Jaggery, 1 tsp
  • Hot Water, 1 cup 
  • Salt, to taste

To Be Roasted and Ground To A Paste:- 
  • Byadgi Red Chillies, 6
  • Coriander Seeds, 1 tsp
  • Cumin Seeds, 1/2 tsp
  • Methi Seeds, 10-15
  • Urad Dal, 1 tbsp
  • Oil, 1/2 tsp 
  • Fresh Coconut Gratings, 1/3 cup (* Not to be roasted) 
For Seasoning :
  • Mustard Seeds, 1/2 tsp
  • Curry Leaves, 8-10
  • Oil, 1 tbsp

Wash, peel and cube the raw bananas. Immerse them in water to avoid discolouration
Heat 1/2 tsp of oil in a kadhai and roast the Byadgi Red Chillies till they become crisp. Keep aside
In the same kadhai, roast the coriander seeds, cumin seeds, methi seeds and urad dal on medium heat till the dal changes colour. Remove from flame and allow it to cool

In a mixer jar, grind together these roasted ingredients ( Byadgi red chillies, coriander seeds, cumin seeds, methi seeds and urad dal ), along with 1/3 cup of coconut gratings to a smooth paste adding just the required amount of water. Keep aside

Heat 1 tbsp oil in the kadhai and on medium heat add the mustard seeds, when they splutter add the curry leaves and saute 
To this add the raw banana cubes and fry for about 2 minutes 
Next, cover and cook on low flame for 1 minute
Now add the turmeric powder, salt to taste, tamarind juice, grated jaggery and 1 cup of hot water
Mix well and let it cook for 2 minutes
Add the freshly prepared/ ground masala and required amount of water to get a gravy like consistency
Check for salt and add if required
Cover and cook on low/medium flame for 5 minutes so that the raw bananas get well blended with the masala

Switch off the gas and transfer to a serving bowl
Serve as accompaniment for hot steamed rice 

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