Vazhakkai Poriyal | Raw Banana Poriyal | Raw Banana Sabzi

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If you considered raw banana as something very usual and menial, then this recipe is going to change that thought of yours! Vazhakkai Poriyal is an easy and tasty South Indian Raw Banana Sabzi, basically a dryish curry made with green, unripe bananas and a handful of spices. This is one of those Raw Banana Recipes which is not just super simple to make but also packs a punch of flavors and textures in it. What’s even better is that this preparation is vegan-friendly too and is a lovely side dish with your dal-chawal.

vazhakkai poriyal garnished with chopped coriander leaves and served in a steel bowl with text layover.

About Vazhakkai Poriyal

‘Vazhakkai’ is the Tamil name for plantain or raw banana and ‘poriyal’ is a typical dry sautéed dish popular in South Indian cuisine. Because of the name, this recipe is basically a preparation from the cuisine of Tamil Nadu. The ingredients might be similar as compared to other regional poriyals, but the essence is Tamil.

Poriyals are made with a variety of vegetables and often are a common feature in South Indian meals or thali. Not only a poriyal tastes fabulous but it is extremely wholesome as well. Just like this Tamil style Raw Banana Sabzi, other poriyal recipes too have minimal ingredients, yet are high on the nutrition meter.  

Different poriyals are loved in my home too, out of which, this Vazhakkai Poriyal tops the list. Apart from it using a fruit in its raw form, which makes the dish more unique, it is also loaded with health benefits.

Plantains or unripe bananas are great sources of water, vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and other nutrients. Thus, are essential for the body as these aid in good digestion, help manage weight, normalize high blood pressure, lessens blood sugar levels, etc.

Besides getting done within minutes, this Raw Banana Sabzi also has other ingredients that are common in any and every Indian home kitchen. For instance, dried red chilies, mustard seeds, cumin seeds, urad dal, curry leaves, etc. Also, I would suggest using coconut oil in making this dish to give it an authentic touch.

Since all the ingredients are also naturally plant-based, this dish is a great choice if you are following a vegan diet or are vegan yourself.

More on this recipe

Whenever I have raw bananas at home, I often make this Vazhakkai Poriyal with them. Coconut and rest of the typical South Indian ingredients are always there in my home kitchen. Since the day I had tried this variation of a poriyal, I had decided to share it here on my blog. It is really a hassle-free, delicious and healthy recipe.

Apart from the taste, what we also like about cooked unripe bananas is the texture. The tempering or tadka in this South Indian style Raw Banana Sabzi recipe also has a lot of flavors, along with the mild sweetness that comes from grated fresh coconut.

This Vazhakkai Poriyal preparation is also a no onion, no garlic recipe. However, if you wish, then you can add both onion and garlic in the recipe. Some more raw banana favorites include Vazhakkai Fry and Vazhakkai Varuval.

This Raw Banana Sabzi is mildly spiced and goes very well as a side dish with sambar-rice, rasam-rice or with any South Indian meal of your choice. You can also have it with chapattis or plain paratha. It can also be packed in the tiffin box.

Step-by-Step Guide

How to make Vazhakkai Poriyal

Preparation

1. Rinse 3 small to medium size raw bananas first. Peel lightly. I usually remove the black spots and keep the peels as they are. Dice and add in a bowl containing water, so that they don’t darken.

diced raw banana placed in water for raw banana sabzi.

Making Vazhakkai Poriyal

2. Heat 1 tablespoon coconut oil in a shallow frying pan. Keep the heat to low and add ½ teaspoon mustard seeds and 1 teaspoon urad dal (husked and split black gram).

Sauté till the mustard seeds crackle and the urad dal turn golden. Fry these on low heat ensuring that they don’t burn.

TIP: Coconut oil gives a very good taste. But you can use sunflower oil, peanut oil or any neutral flavored oil.

Note: Before you begin frying the spices and lentils, drain the diced raw banana of all the water and keep aside.

sautéing mustard seeds and urad dal in hot coconut oil in a pan for making raw banana sabzi.

3. Then, add ½ teaspoon cumin seeds and fry till they splutter. Keep stirring them.

cumin seeds added in the pan for making raw banana sabzi.

4. Then, add 1 to 2 dried red chili, a pinch of asafoetida (hing) and 8 to 10 curry leaves.

dried red chilies, asafoetida and curry leaves added in the pan for making raw banana sabzi.

5. Stir and fry till the red chilies change color. Take care not to burn the red chilies.

sautéing red chilies in pan.

6. Now, add the raw banana pieces and salt as required.

diced raw banana and salt added in the pan for making raw banana sabzi.

7. Add ¼ to ⅓ cup water or as required. Mix very well.

water added to raw banana pieces in the pan.

8. Cover the pan with a lid.

cooking vazhakkai poriyal in the covered pan.

9. On a low heat, simmer till the banana pieces have cooked well and softened. Check a couple of time, if the water dries up in the pan, then add some more water.

cooking vazhakkai poriyal in pan.

10. When the banana pieces have cooked, there should be no water in the pan. If there is some water, simmer without the lid, till all the water dries. Then, add 3 tablespoons grated fresh coconut.

If you don’t have fresh coconut, then add desiccated coconut.

grated fresh coconut added to pan.

11. Mix the coconut with the rest of the banana stir fry. Switch off the heat.

coconut mixed with the raw banana poriyal.

12. Add 1 tablespoon chopped coriander leaves. Mix again.

chopped coriander leaves added to the pan.

13. Serve Vazhakkai Poriyal with sambar-rice, rasam-rice or any kulambu gravy-rice. It can also be had with roti or plain paratha. Its an excellent healthy side dish and can also be packed for lunch box.

vazhakkai poriyal served in a steel bowl.

Expert Tips

  1. I usually remove the black spots from the raw bananas and keep the peels as they are. You can also do so or peel them lightly.  
  2. After chopping the raw bananas, put the pieces in water. This way the unripe banana pieces won’t darken.
  3. It is most apt to use coconut oil to cook this recipe. But, if you don’t like it that much, use sunflower oil, peanut oil or any other neutral flavored oil.
  4. If you want a spicier dish, add some green chilies in it.
  5. Before you begin frying the spices and lentils, drain the chopped plantain pieces well.
  6. If the water dries up while cooking the raw banana pieces, add some water.
  7. There should be no water left in the pan after the unripe banana pieces are cooked. If there is some water, then simmer without a lid till the water dries.
  8. No fresh grated coconut in hand? Use desiccated coconut instead.
  9. Scale the recipe proportionately for making a larger batch.

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Vazhakkai Poriyal | Raw Banana Poriyal

Vazhakkai poriyal is an easy and tasty South Indian dish made with raw unripe bananas, coconut, spices and herbs.
5 from 5 votes
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Cuisine South Indian, Tamil Nadu
Course Side Dish
Diet Vegan, Vegetarian
Difficulty Level Easy
Servings 3 to 4
Units

Ingredients

  • 3 small to medium raw bananas (plantain or vazhakkai)
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil
  • 1 to 2 dry red chili
  • ½ teaspoon mustard seeds
  • 1 teaspoon urad dal (husked and split black gram)
  • ½ teaspoon cumin seeds
  • 8 to 10 curry leaves
  • 1 pinch asafoetida (hing)
  • ¼ to ⅓ cup water or add as required
  • 3 tablespoon grated coconut
  • 2 tablespoon chopped coriander leaves (cilantro)

Instructions
 

preparation:

  • Rinse the raw unripe bananas first. Peel them lightly. I usually remove the black spots and keep the peels as they are. 
  • Dice them and add them in a bowl containing water, so that they don’t darken.

making raw banana poriyal recipe:

  • Heat 1 tbsp coconut oil in a shallow frying pan. Keep the flame to a low and add 1/2 tsp mustard seeds and 1 tsp urad dal. Saute till the mustard seeds crackle and the urad dal turn golden
  • Then add 1/2 teaspoon cumin seeds and saute till they splutter.
  • Then add 1 to 2 dry red chili, a pinch of asafoetida, 8 to 10 curry leaves.
  • Stir and saute till the red chilies change their color and.
  • Now add the raw banana and salt.
  • Add ¼ cup water. Stir very well.
  • Cover the pan with a lid.
  • On a low flame simmer till the bananas have cooked well and softened. Do check a couple of times when the bananas are cooking. If the water dries up in the pan then add some more water.
  • When the bananas have cooked, there should be no water in the pan. If there is then simmer without the lid, till all the water dries. Then add 3 tbsp grated coconut.
  • Mix the coconut with the rest of the banana stir fry.
  • Add 1 tbsp chopped coriander leaves. Mix again.
  • Serve banana poriyal with sambar-rice, rasam-rice or any kulambu gravy-rice or any South Indian meal. It can also be packed in a lunch box or had with chapati or plain paratha.

Notes

  • The recipe can be doubled or tripled.
  • For a spicy version add some green chillies.
  • If you don’t have fresh coconut then add desiccated coconut.
  • Coconut oil gives a very good taste. But you can use sunflower oil or peanut oil or any neutral flavored oil.

Nutrition Info (Approximate Values)

Nutrition Facts
Vazhakkai Poriyal | Raw Banana Poriyal
Amount Per Serving
Calories 308 Calories from Fat 72
% Daily Value*
Fat 8g12%
Saturated Fat 7g44%
Sodium 12mg1%
Potassium 968mg28%
Carbohydrates 61g20%
Fiber 5g21%
Sugar 28g31%
Protein 3g6%
Vitamin A 2280IU46%
Vitamin C 107.8mg131%
Calcium 16mg2%
Iron 1.7mg9%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

This Vazhakkai Poriyal recipe from the archives was first published in March 2015. It has been updated and republished in April 2024.

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  1. Can you also leave some data around how much does the dish weigh in grams, I.e., output…. so that it is easier for visitors to make sense of the calorie consumption, per cup of 50 grams or 100 grams as the case maybe…

    1. thanks for the suggestion sashi. we use a serving portion right now to determine the calories. the entire dish is divided into the number of servings as mentioned in the recipe card. to be honest most food bloggers do not prefer to give the nutrition info as it is rough or approximate for eg the nutrition value of an ingredient will vary as per different software or programs available on the web. so i would suggest not to take these nutritional values in recipe websites as hundred percent accurate. if i had a team i would have weighed the dish in grams and updated.

  2. What happened to the app that you used to have? I can’t find it anymore.

    1. we removed the app as managing it was becoming very difficult. right now all the recipes are on the website.