Vazhaikkai Kara Curry/Raw Banana Curry/Vazhakkai Curry

Under the theme South Indian Thali dishes today I am sharing a spicy raw banana curry from Tamilnadu.
I have already shared raw banana fry with onion,tomato and chilly,garlic here and here.But today's recipe is my grand mom's signature recipe and uses coconut paste.This fry goes very well with sambar, rasam and curd rice also with variety rice.Off to the recipe....................................

Basic Information

Preparation Time ~ 10 minutes
Cooking Time ~ 20 minutes
Serves ~ 3-4


Raw banana/vazhakkai2(medium size)
Coconut(grated)2 tbs
Garlic/poondu2 cloves
Dried red chilly/varamilgai4-5
Shallots/chinna vengayam2
Cumin seeds/jeeragam1/2 tsp
Black pepper/milagu1/2 tsp
Fennel seeds/sombu1/2 tsp
Turmeric powder1/4 tsp
Curry leaves/karivepillaifew  leaves
Salt1 tsp
Oil2 tbs

For the tempering

Mustard seeds/kadugu1/2 tsp
Fennel seeds/sombu1/8 tsp
Asafoetida/perungayama pinch


Peel the skin of the raw banana and slice into small pieces,put it in water to prevent browning.
Grind the red chilly,coconut,garlic,shallots,fennel,cumin and black pepper to a fine paste with little water and keep it aside.

In a bowl take the raw banana pieces and to this add the ground paste,turmeric powder, and salt.Mix it well and keep it aside for 10 minutes.

Heat a pan with oil and crackle the mustard and fennel seeds,add in the asfaoetida and toast the curry leaves.Add in the raw banana mixture and saute it for couple of minutes.Rinse the mixie jar with 1/2 cup of water and add it to the raw banana.Mix it well and cook it covered in a medium flame.Meanwhile stir it for couple of times to prevent burning.

Cook it till the raw banana becomes soft,remove the lid and cook it for another 3-4 minutes till it is golden brown.

Raw banana fry is ready.


  • Here I sliced the raw banana,it can be chopped into cubes and made.
  • I used the kashmiri red chilly,so I used 3,if its a regular red chilly you can adjust accordingly.
  • This curry can be made without onon and garlic also.

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yummy recipe...wish to have it right now

tasty curry. Nice presentation..

Irresistible side dish, can have it happily with a bowl of rasam rice.

Everything looks yum Nalini, raw plantain is my fav veggie!

I have also made it for SI meals , yours looks delicious !

I love this....I grew up not eating garlic but my family loves garlic. So I am definitely going to try this.

Yummy curry. Very inviting dish.

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