Vazhakai (Raw Banana) Fry

by Kamala on January 2, 2010


Vazhakai_Raw_Banana_Fry_1 This traditional Vazhakai (Raw Banana) fry is liked by children more and goes well with variety rice and curd rice. I prepare this as a side dish for Chitranna and on Amavasya days. It is easy to cook and is also suitable for lunch box.

Serves: 2

Cooking time: 15 minutes


  • Vazhakai (Raw banana) – 1 medium size
  • Nicely chopped onion – ½ tea spoon
  • Aniseed – ¼ tea spoon
  • Red chilli powder – ¾ tea spoon
  • Turmeric powder – ¼ tea spoon
  • Curry leaves – few
  • Asafetida – pinch
  • Salt – as per taste
  • Cooking oil – 1 tea spoon


  • Wash and slightly peel the green layer of raw banana and cut raw banana horizontally to ¼ inch pieces; put them in the salt water and keep for 5 minutes; wash well and drain water.

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  • Heat a pan with oil, add aniseeds, curry leaves, asafetida and fry for few seconds; add chopped onion and fry till soft.
  • Add raw banana pieces, mix gently; add chilli powder, turmeric powder, salt and mix; cover with a lid and cook for 2 minutes.
  • Now remove the lid, turn the raw banana pieces, cover again with the lid and cook for 2 more minutes or till done.

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  • Now crispy raw banana fry is ready.



  • Apply few drops of oil in your hands before peeling the green skin of raw banana to avoid stickiness.
  • Cook in low flame as far as possible to avoid blackening of banana pieces.

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