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Kaya (Vazhakka) Mezhukkupuratti

 Recipe for Kerala Style Plantain Stir Fry | Raw Banana Stir Fry | Kaya Mezhukkupuratti | Vazhakka Mezhukkupuratti  - a most delicious preparation using raw bananas, a must have in the Onam Sadya spread.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Course Side Dish
Cuisine south indian
Servings 2 serving


  • 1 banana / cooking banana plantain large raw /
  • 1/4 tsp turmeric
  • 3/4 tsp salt
  • 2 - 3 tbsps coconut fresh (for garnish)

to grind to a coarse paste

  • 2 chillies fresh red
  • 6 shallots (peeled) {or 1 small onion}
  • 2 cloves garlic

for tempering

  • 2 tsps coconut oil
  • 1/2 tsp mustard seeds
  • 1 sprig curry leaves


  • Peel and dice the plantain.
  • Bring 3 cups water to a boil with turmeric and salt. Add diced plantain to this and simmer for 6-7 minutes until the plantain is nearly cooked. Keep a watch on this as different varieties may have different cooking times. This should not turn into a mush. Drain in a colander and keep aside.
  • Meanwhile, in a small mixer jar, grind the red chillies, shallots and garlic to a coarse paste.
  • In a pan, heat coconut oil. Add mustard seeds. Once it splutters, add the curry leaves and stir for few seconds.
  • Add the ground paste and stir on high flame for 1-2 minutes.
  • Add the cooked plantain to this and toss gently until coated with spices.
  • Garnish with fresh coconut and serve hot with rice and Kerala Sambar.


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