Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Vazhakkai varuval/ Raw banana roast/ plantain roast

  Vazhakkai varuval is my hubby's favorite and the charm works really well all the time. Though he was brought up in Mumbai, he loves all the South Indian dishes and this recipe is definitely one of them.


2 raw bananas/ plantain
1 medium chopped red onion
3-4 cloves of garlic
1/2 tomato
1-2 dried red chilly
1 teaspoon of red chilly powder(per spice level)
1/2 tsp of garam masala
1/8 tsp of turmeric
1/4 teaspoon of mustard
1/4 tsp of Bengal gram dhal
1 tbsp of oil
salt as required


1.Peel the skin and cut the raw banana in to small circles. Cut the garlic in to halves. Heat the oil in the pan. Once the oil is heated, add mustard, dried red chilly and Bengal gram dhal. 

2.As the mustard sputters, add onion and garlic. Fry till the onion turns golden brown.
3.Add turmeric, red chilly powder and salt, saute for a minute. Now you can add the raw banana and mix well.  Add half cup of water and close the lid.

4.Cook for 10 minutes. Do it in the shallow pan so that the raw banana are roasted. Now add the chopped tomatoes and garam masala. Close the lid.

5.Once the tomatoes are wilted and raw banana is cooked. Allow the raw banana to roast and then curry is ready. 


  1. Sorry if these seem like silly questions but is the banana a sweet one or can you use plantains?
    and did you peel the banana or did you leave the peel?

  2. Hi, I have used the plantain for cooking and I peeled the skin. The outer layer turns dark so I put in water, after cutting them in to small circles. I hope this helps..

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