Raw Banana | Plantain Stir Fry

Raw Banana | Plantain Stir Fry

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Raw Banana | Plantain Stir Fry. Raw Banana is known as Kaya in Malayalam. Unripe Bananas are used for making different side dishes in Kerala.

If you don’t have raw plantains, you can use raw bananas for the same recipe. I removed the outer skin of the raw plantains. However, some people like to cook it with the skin. Let’s see the recipe.

Key Ingredients

  • 2 big raw plantain
  • 1/4 tsp turmeric powder
  • 5 or 6 nos diced shallots
  • 4 pods minced/crushed garlic
  • 1 tsp red chilly flakes
  • 1/2 tsp red chilly powder
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper powder
  • a sprig of curry Leaves
  • 1 tbsp + 1 tsp coconut oil
  • 1/4 tsp mustard seeds
  • salt to taste


  • Trim the edges and lightly peel the thick outer skin of the plantain.
  • Dice it into small cubes. Soak it in water for five minutes and then wash it in several changes of water. This will remove the stickiness.
  • Boil the plantain pieces in plenty of water along with 1/4 tsp turmeric powder and salt to taste until soft. It may take 7-8 minutes for the pieces to get cooked.
  • Drain excess water and keep it aside. (You can also cover and cook the plantain with very little water but it may end up mushy. I prefer boiling it in plenty of water and then draining it.)
  • Heat 1 tbsp oil in a pan and splutter mustard seeds.
  • Saute shallots, curry leaves, and garlic until the shallots begin to lightly brown.
  • Add the cooked plantain pieces to the skillet. Followed by 1/2 tsp red chilly powder, 1 tsp red chilly flakes & salt as required. Mix everything and then spread it out as much as possible.
  • Allow the plantain pieces to lightly brown on the edges, stirring occasionally.
  • Add 1/4 tsp black pepper powder and give it a nice mix.
  • Finally, drizzle 1 tsp of coconut oil to coat the pieces.
  • Remove from heat and serve with rice.
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