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Vazhakkai Varuval - Raw Banana Fry

Vazhakkai Varuval
Raw banana is a very common vegetable used in South Indian Cooking. Raw banana is called as Vazhakkai in tamil and Aratikaya in telugu.  I Love raw banana bajji and Raw banana podimas. Vazhakkai varuval is a spicy crispy dry vegetable curry. Raw banana is sliced and marinated in the grind-ed spices. Then the raw banana slices are shallow fried . This Aratikaya vepudu  is usually taken as a side dish to Rice. Thi vazhakkai varuval can also be served as an appetizer or snacks. check below for the detailed step wise instructions for South India Raw Banana Fry.

Preparation Time: 20 mins
Cook Time : 10 mins
Ready in : 30 mins
Yields : 3 Servings

Vazhakkai Varuval

Table 1:
1 tbsp
1/4 tsp
Ginger and garlic finely chopped 
2 tsp
Curry leaves
onions  chopped 
1/4 Cup
Medium sized Raw Banana 
Coriander leaves chopped
2 stalks

Table 2: To Marinate
Black pepper                     
1/2 tsp                 
Coriander seeds
1 tsp
Cumin seeds
1 tsp
Channa Dal
1  tsp
Urad Dal
1  tsp
Turmeric powder
1/4 tsp
Shredded coconut
1.5 tbsp
Red chillies
Fennel seeds
1 tsp
Curd / Yogurt
1 tbsp

  • Wash and peel the outer skin of raw banana. place the sliced banana pieces in water to avoid discoloration.
  •  Dry roast  pepper, coriander seeds, red chillies, chana dal, rad dal, cumin seed and fennel seeds. Grind it along with shredded coconut and turmeric powder to a fine paste.
  •  Add curd, salt to the grind-ed mixture and marinate the sliced banana in this mixture for minimum of 10 minutes.

  • Heat Oil in a pan. Add mustard, when it splutters add finely chopped ginger, garlic, curry leaves. Fry till raw smell goes off. Add onions and salt. Fry till onions turn translucent.

  • Add marinated banana. Carefully place the marinated banana pieces in pan. Close it with lid and cook for 2-3 mins. 

  • Turn the banana pieces and allow it to cook till it turns soft and tender. If needed, sprinkle some water. Switch of the stove and garnish with coriander leaves.

Adjust chilly and pepper to your taste.
It is recommended to use non-stick pan. 
Vazhakkai Varuval

Aratikaya Vepudu / Raw Banana Fry / Plantain Fry / Vazhakkai Varuval


  1. looks scrumptious,never tried banana varuval using ground masala.

  2. tempting varuval !! love to have this with sambhar rice :)

  3. Super delicious Vazhakkai fry, very lovely...

  4. I guess we have the same type for food because this varuval is what we also enjoy, eaten with rice and rasam. Nicely cooked with a touch of this and that.


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