Raw banana/ plantain is a staple food in many parts of Africa and in the Southern state of India, Kerala. Raw banana is used for making currys, stir fired accompaniments and chips. Raw banana/plantain have tough skin, green in colour and skin needs to be peeled using a peeler. The inside of the banana is hard and cannot be eaten directly - it has to be baked/fried/cooked before consumption. With rich fiber content and magnesium, raw banana is a desirable vegetable for good health.

  • Ease - very easy
  • Preparation - 10 min
  • Cooking - 5-10 min
  • Raw bananas -2
  • Turmeric powder - 1/2 spoon
  • Hing powder - 1/2 spoon
  • Red chilly powder - 1 spoon
  • Salt - to taste
  • Sugar - 1/2 spoon
  • Oil for frying - 3 -4 spoons
  • Mustard seeds - 1 spoon
  • Peel and cut banana into slices as shown. Leave the slices in water with a spoon of butter milk to avoid discoloration
  • In a thick bottomed wok/kadai heat oil add mustard seeds, after they splutter add turmeric, hing and chilly powder. Add sliced banana and stir softly ( turn and toss - do not use choppy movements)
  • Banana starts becoming soft and absorbs oil with spices. Add sugar, toss for a min and remove from fire.
  • Stir fried banana is ready now

  • Caramelized sugar helps in spices adhering to banana slices
  • This dish can be served with rasam rice/curd rice /dry vegetable accompaniment with chapathis