Raw Plantain / Vazhaikkai Poriyal

Raw Plantain / Vazhaikkai Poriyal

Raw plantain / Valaikkai / Vazhaikai are one of the most important vegetable in south India. This is nothing but the unripe banana; these are cooked, boiled or fried. It is a good source of fiber, vitamins and minerals and contains a starch that may help blood sugar, manage weight and lower blood cholesterol levels.

I have prepared raw plantain or Raw Banana or Vazhaikkai Poriyal as one of the dish in my Tamil New Year feast. Let us move on to the recipe…

Raw Plantain Stir Fry / Vazhaikkai Poriyal

Raw Plantain Stir Fry / Vazhaikkai Poriyal


  • Raw plantain / Raw Banana / Vazhaikkai – 1 no
  • Onion – 1 no
  • Turmeric powder – ½ tsp
  • Mustard seeds – ¼ tsp
  • Split black gram – ¼ tsp
  • Curry leaves – a string
  • Green chili – 1 no
  • Grated Coconut – 1 ½ tbsp
  • Cumin powder – ½ tsp
  • Salt to taste
  • Oil – 2 tsp


  • Peel and finely chop the raw plantain, soak them in a bowl of water to avoid them from discoloring.
  • Peel and finely chop the onion. Slit the green chili into two equal halves.
  • Pressure-cook the raw plantain pieces in water with salt and ¼ tsp of turmeric powder for 1 whistle.
  • Release the pressure, open the lid, drain the water and keep the raw plantain pieces aside.
  • Heat oil in a kadai, add mustard seeds, split black gram, green chili and curry leaves. Wait until they crackle.
  • Add the onions and cook until they turn transparent.
  • Add in the boiled raw plantain pieces, along with ¼ tsp of turmeric powder, cumin powder and salt. Cook for few mins, until the raw smell goes off.
  • Add in the grated coconut and cook until the coconut is well fried.

Serve hot as side dish for lunch.




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