Vazhakkai fry

Vazhakkai fry recipe

By Swasthi on September 1, 2022, Comments, Jump to Recipe

Vazhakkai fry recipe – Tamilnadu style simple raw banana stir fry. Raw banana or unripe banana is widely used in Indian cuisine for making stir fry, curry, kofta, bajji and kootu. Raw banana that are used for cooking are different from the variety that’s eaten ripe. They are high in protein and other vital nutrients so I use it often in our diet.

vazhakkai fry recipe

Vazhakkai fry is eaten as a side with rice and Sambar or Rasam. However it can also be served with lemon rice, curd rice or variety rice like Peanut rice or Curry leaves rice.

I have earlier shared these andhra style Raw banana fry and the Masala Aratikaya fry. For the Andhra style recipes we normally use garam masala and chilli powder to spice up the dish.

This vazhakkai fry is spiced with sambar powder and red chili powder. I have used this homemade Sambar powder. You can even use ready made one. I have also used red chilli powder which can be skipped to make it moderately spiced.

More vegetable stir fry recipes,
Beans poriyal
Carrot poriyal
Ladies finger poriyal

Vazhakkai fry – stepwise pics

1. Wash the raw bananas and chop off both the ends. Peel the skin completely. High amounts of pesticides are used in the cultivation of bananas, so it is good to peel the skin completely unless you are using home-grown produce.

Wash the raw bananas

2. Slice the bananas and add them to a pot of water. Slice them evenly and not too thick or too thin.

Slice the bananas

3. Heat a wide pan with oil. Add mustard, cumin, red chilli and urad dal. You can also skip the dal.

Heat a wide pan

4. When the dal turns golden, throw in the curry leaves and sprinkle hing.

add curry leaves

5. Lower the flame and add the turmeric, sambar powder and red chili powder.

add turmeric

6. Mix it well.


7. Drain the banana slices and add them here.

Drain the banana slices

8. Mix well and fry for 2 minutes. Then sprinkle 1 to 2 tbsps of water. Mix well.


9. Cover and cook on a very low to medium flame until the banana slices turn tender. If needed sprinkle more water and then stir and cook covered again.

Cover and cook

10. Check if the vazhakkai has cooked properly.


11. Sprinkle salt evenly.

Sprinkle salt

12. I sprinkle another tbsp of water since I use pink salt that is coarse. This way the salt dissolves and coats the banana slices well. I also cover and cook for 2 to 3 mins.

Sprinkle water

Serve vazhakkai fry with rice or variety rice.

vazhakkai fry

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vazhakkai fry

Vazhakkai fry

Simple raw banana recipe made in South Indian style. It is eaten as a side dish with rice, sambar or rasam. It can also be enjoyed with variety rice like curd rice
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Prep Time10 minutes
Cook Time20 minutes
Total Time30 minutes

Ingredients (US cup = 240ml )

  • 2 large raw banana or vazhakkai
  • 2 tbsp oil
  • ½ tsp mustard
  • ½ tsp cumin or jeera
  • 1 tsp urad dal optional
  • 1 sprig curry leaves
  • 1 red chili broken optional
  • 1 pinch asafoetida or hing
  • ¾ to 1 tbsp sambar powder , use more if desired
  • ½ tsp red chilli powder (use as needed)
  • 1/8 tsp turmeric or haldi
  • ½ tsp salt or as needed



  • Wash the raw banana under running water and peel the skin. Cut off the ends and discard.
  • Rinse the banana well. Slice them to equal sizes. Do not slice them too thick or too thin.
  • Keep them in water until used to prevent browning.

How to make vazhakkai fry

  • Heat a wide pan with oil.
  • Add mustard, cumin, red chili and urad dal.
  • When the dal turns slightly golden, add the curry leaves and hing.
  • Lower the flame completely and wait until the leaves turn crisp.
  • Then add in chili powder, turmeric and sambar powder.
  • Mix them well in oil.
  • Quickly drain and add in the sliced banana pieces.
  • Mix well and fry tossing for two minutes.
  • Sprinkle 1 to 2 tbsp of water and mix well.
  • Cover and cook on a low to medium heat. Keep stirring them in between.
  • Check if the pieces are cooked. If needed add 2 tbsp more water and mix. Continue to cook until the pieces turn tender.
  • Sprinkle salt evenly.
  • Sprinkle 1 tbsp of water again for the salt to dissolve and coat the pieces well.
  • Cover and cook on a very low flame for 2 mins. If you prefer them crisp then avoid water and keep frying.
  • Serve vazhakkai fry with rice, sambar or rasam.

Alternative quantities provided in the recipe card are for 1x only, original recipe.

For best results follow my detailed step-by-step photo instructions and tips above the recipe card.

NUTRITION INFO (estimation only)

Nutrition Facts
Vazhakkai fry
Amount Per Serving
Calories 79 Calories from Fat 63
% Daily Value*
Fat 7g11%
Sodium 305mg13%
Potassium 60mg2%
Carbohydrates 3g1%
Fiber 1g4%
Vitamin A 240IU5%
Vitamin C 26.2mg32%
Calcium 8mg1%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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5 stars
Usually I will make curry with coconut or podimas.want to try a different method n the outcome is extraordinary..everyone liked it.Thanks a lot.

5 stars
Though this is a basic recipe, I wanted to try this method and it came out very nice.. Thanks a lot!!