Tuesday, June 5, 2007

Raw Banana Fry - Vazhakkai roast

Raw plantains are readily available in most grocery stores. While they are very similar to raw bananas but when cooked they are slightly sweeter. This recipe will work with either one of them. If raw bananas are not your thing potatoes, taro root, sweet potatoes or even beets can be used for this recipe.

Steam the raw banana in a steamer vessel, when done peel and cut into bite sized cubes.
Powder the spices and add it to the steamed banana cubes and roast till the desired color or texture is obtained.

A simple fry but jazzes up any lunch meal. If you are planning on a simple meal add this to the menu. Snack on it, that's what the kids did and loved it.

Raw Banana Roast
Preparation Time:5 minutes
Cooking Time:25 minutes
  1. 3 Green Plantains or 3 green raw bananas, cut the ends and cut in half
  2. Salt to taste
  3. 1 tbsp oil (or less)
Spice Powder
  1. 2 tbsp Dahlia
  2. 2 Red Chillies
  3. 1 tsp Pepper and Cumin (optional)
  4. Powder the above (do mine in a coffee grinder)
  1. Steam the Plantains/Raw bananas (8-10 minutes), remove the skin and cut into small cubes.(see Note:)
  2. In a Wok or Kadai heat about 3/4 th of the oil and when it is smoking hot add the plantain cubes and stir fry for a minute or two.
  3. Add salt and toss around.
  4. Add the spice powder and toss them around till all the plantain cubes are coated with the powder.
  5. Sprinkle a few more drops of oil if it looks too dry and saute till roasted. (about 8-10 minutes)
  6. Note:
  7. (Steamed the raw banana in the pressure cooker without the weight. Place the plantains/raw banana in a steamer vessel)

  8. Serve with rice or as a snack.

If you have leftover, heat them in the microwave and they are good as new but a little soft that's all.


  1. Oh, that looks delicious ISG, and such a healthy snack! Thanks for posting it -- you got me interested on your lunch post. Plantains are so inexpensive in the stores now, 4/$1. I'll try soon :)

  2. such a simple yet tasty recipe ISG. i adore it... can u tell me how long i have to steam these plantains?

  3. Sia, I added the steaming instructions to the post. About 8-10 minutes till they are soft.

  4. Oh! I cooked Palantains curry yesterday I will try the fry next time.Looks great.Thanks Indo:))

  5. wow yummy i just love eating it just like that! I too make this way!

  6. Indo - I love your plantiain fry. I have never had it this way before. Will try it.

    We make something similiar. I would boil the cut-up green plantains, strain it and then in a karahi, heat some oil and saute onions, tomatoes, spring onions, chilies then add the boiled green plantains and continue to saute. We usually eat it as is or serve it with fried fish, chicken or some other kind of cooked meat. It is mostly eaten alone though.

  7. I always roast them and fry them just like other fries. I have about 8 in the refrigerator, may be I will try this time.

  8. Wow!! plantain poriyal/fry looks very nice :-) Thx. Do visit me -


  9. Never tried plaintains before except for making koftas which is a Bong favourite
    The recipe looks simple yet delicious

  10. you eat this with a meal? when we preapre this, half is over while sauteeing it, and the other half gets over as soon as its made.

  11. looks delicious, I love these with sambar... will try this soon!

  12. Thanks for the recipe ISG. I have plantains waiting to be cooked in the fridge. Will try tonight and let you know how it turned out.

  13. Indo,
    Gosh!!! I loved your quick and easy way of making plantain fry. So little ingredients. Love it.

  14. Linda, try the moong dal with any greens if you find Swiss Chard, tastes great with that too.

    Cynthia, your recipe sounds delicious too, will try it for sure.

    Bee, that is one good question!

    Kay, you are welcome.

  15. yum-o! How green should they be? very green or just abt ripe? we make stirfry often but with mustard and the whole jing bang..:)

  16. comfort food at our place ..make this one often ...thks for sharing

  17. Hi ISG, Tried them yesterday and they turned out delicious and steaming plantains cuts down on the frying time. Thanks for the recipe.

  18. Thanks for sharing this recipe. I love plantain fry but have never tried it your way. Your picture looks great.BTW, what is Dahlia? Is it corriander seeds?

  19. Pavani, glad that you tried the recipe and liked it. And thanks for letting me know, that was really nice of you.

    Kribha, dahlia is pottukadalai (in Tamil), roasted chick peas.

  20. Yay, there it is.... :) thanks for posting this Indo, I love the look of it, will be trying it soon for sure...

  21. That looks really yummy...so healthy too...thanks.

  22. That looks really yummy...so healthy too...thanks.

  23. ISG,that is my fav curry of all times!I love plantains like anything.

  24. plantain fry loks yummy ISG.i can imagine the taste of the spices.

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  26. I usaually make vazhakkai puttu, roast and varuval with plantains. this recipe is new to me .. it looks simple and adding dahlia powder is interesting. thanks for the recipe. will try it out soon and let u know .

  27. I tried it today. Very tasty! :)

    Thanks ISG!

  28. Kay thanks for letting me know. I am super glad you liked it.

  29. m getting hungry when i saw this recipe cool


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