Raw Banana Fry (Aratikaya Fry)

Updated: August 1, 2022, By Swasthi

Raw banana fry recipe made in Andhra style – One of the easiest and delicious raw banana recipes. Raw banana or plantain is used as a vegetable in south India for making banana bajji, chips, curry, stew, kofta and stir fry or roast. They are a good source of protein and vitamins and are low in sodium and calories, the reasons why they are termed nutritious.

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Raw banana fry can be made in so many ways, the recipe I am sharing today is different from the aratikaya vepudu shared earlier. This is a family recipe from my mum and we all love it.

To make this delicious mildly hot and spicy raw banana fry we don’t need any special ingredients. But the method of frying them is a bit unique which lends a great flavor and taste to the raw banana.

This recipe works well with green chilies, but can be replaced with red chili powder too and must be added along with the garam masala. Young or tender raw bananas are not suitable to prepare this dish. They must be firm and not about to ripe.

You can find more raw banana recipes on the blog,
Spicy Vazhakkai fry
Aratikaya bajji
Raw banana masala curry
Banana podi curry recipe

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How to make Raw Banana Fry (Stepwise Photos)

1. Peel raw banana. Cut to half vertically. Slice and transfer them to a bowl full of water. The pieces should not be too thin or too thick.

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2. Make a paste of green chilli, ginger and garlic. Set this aside.

3. Coarsely crush or pulse onions in a blender.

4. Heat a deep Kadai or pan with oil.

5. Add urad dal, mustard and cumin. Let the dal fry till lightly golden without burning. Add ginger garlic and chili paste.

Add urad dal, mustard and cumin

6. Fry till you begin to get a nice aroma. It should begin to turn slightly golden.

frying ginger garlic paste for aratikaya vepudu

7. Drain the water from raw banana and add them to the Kadai. Add turmeric.

draining water and add veggies for raw banana fry

8. Mix and fry on medium flame till they are almost cooked. Stirring constantly to prevent burning.

9. Sprinkle salt evenly and fry on a medium flame till they turn soft, cooked and tender. Do not add salt until the banana is almost cooked, otherwise it will not get cooked further.

addition of salt for making spicy raw banana fry step 3

10. Add the coarsely crushed (pulsed) chili onions paste. Fry on high till the onions begin to caramelize. Before adding onions make sure the banana is cooked well.

addition of crushed chili onions to make raw banana fry step 4

11. Add garam masala, red chili powder (optional) and fry on a low flame till they firm up. Since there is green chili used you can use very little red chili powder for the color. But I haven’t used since we like the flavor of green chili in this.

sprinkling garam masala to make raw banana fry

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Raw Banana Fry (Aratikaya Vepudu)

4.95 from 20 votes
Raw banana fry made in andhra style. It is spiced with green chilies and garam masala. The flavor of green chilies and crushed onions lends a unique taste to the dish
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Prep Time10 minutes
Cook Time15 minutes
Total Time25 minutes

Ingredients (US cup = 240ml )

  • 3 Raw banana
  • 2 pinches turmeric
  • ¼ tsp mustard
  • ½ tsp Cumin or jeera
  • 1 tsp. Urad dal
  • 2 to 3 Green chilies or ½ tsp red chilli powder
  • ½ inch ginger
  • 4 cloves garlic
  • 1 large onion sliced
  • 1 sprig curry leaves
  • ½ to ¾ tsp garam masala powder or as needed
  • 2 tbsp Oil



  • Wash and peel the skin of banana. Halve it vertically. Slice and add them to a bowl of water.
  • In a blender, make a fine paste of ginger, garlic and chillis. keep it aside for later use.
  • To the same jar add onions and coarsely pulse. Set this aside separately.

How to Make Raw Banana Fry

  • Add oil to a heavy bottom pan and heat it.
  • Add mustard, cumin, and dal.  Fry till the dal turns golden. Then add chili ginger garlic paste. Fry until the ginger garlic turns slightly golden.
  • Add drained raw banana slices to the pan and sprinkle turmeric.
  • On a medium high flame, fry till they are almost cooked. To prevent burning, stir constantly. If needed add little more more
  • Reduce the flame to medium and sprinkle salt. Fry till soft, cooked and tender.
  • Add the crushed chilli onions. Fry on high till the onions begin to caramelize or brown. Stir constantly.
  • Sprinkle gram masala and red chili powder if using. Fry on a low flame till they firm up.
  • Serve raw banana fry hot with rice and rasam or sambar.

NUTRITION INFO (estimation only)

Nutrition Facts
Raw Banana Fry (Aratikaya Vepudu)
Amount Per Serving
Calories 253 Calories from Fat 63
% Daily Value*
Fat 7g11%
Sodium 11mg0%
Potassium 749mg21%
Carbohydrates 48g16%
Fiber 4g17%
Sugar 21g23%
Protein 2g4%
Vitamin A 1530IU31%
Vitamin C 38.4mg47%
Calcium 18mg2%
Iron 1.4mg8%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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Can you clarify when to add the curry leaves? Also how long should I soak the raw sliced banana in warm water? Any tricks on peeling the raw banana?

I made this for my husband and he said it tasted like his aunt’s version!! Thank you yummm

Nice recipe. Why should the onions be added after the banana is cooked and not before ?

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I tried cooking this recipe in cast iron kadai and the dish turned completely black. Any idea why ? Was so looking forward to trying it out

What garam masala do you use? Store bought or homemade? Vazhakkai fry my favorite ! Heavy nostalgia

I had bought raw bananas for making sabzi but stored it in fridge for long , now looks yellow riped mostly. How can I use it ? Any recipes for using them please…

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I love all your recipes Swasthi. I tried many it comes out very well. Thank you.

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Thanka for the recipe..it came very delicious

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I too love your recipe….very delicious and mouth watering nutritional cuisine…. keep it up

Nice recipes

nice recipe . i tried it today . yummy recipe my kids love it

I love this version but it has been a while since I had this..