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Ethakka/Kaaya/Vazhakka Mezhukkupuratti (Stir fried Raw Banana)

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The literal translation of the word ‘mezhukkupuratti’ would be ‘oil-coated’. In other words, Stir fry. Ethakka/Kaaya/Vazhakka Mezhupuratti can be made with two types of raw banana. One is the Nendran variety and the other one is known as Njaalippoovan/ Yalakki. The reason for using these varieties is because they tend to be firmer when cooked, as compared to the rest. Personally, I prefer to make this dish using Njaalippoovan as I find it tastier. But due to non-availability of the raw njaalippoovan here in Bangalore, I compromise 😊
Here’s the picture of the Nendran variety Banana, which was used to prepare the dish.

 

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Ethakka/Kaaya/Vazhakka Mezhupuratti (Stir fried Raw Banana)
The literal translation of the word 'mezhukkupuratti' would be 'oil-coated'. In other words, Stir fry. This dish can be made with two types of raw banana. One is the Nendran variety and the other one is known as Njaalippoovan/ Yalakki.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Servings
servings
Ingredients
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Servings
servings
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. Apply some oil in your hands before cutting the banana to avoid staining of your hands.
  2. Peel the bananas and cut into small cubes.
  3. Immerse the cut pieces in water to avoid discolouration.
  4. Take some water in an earthen pot. Add turmeric powder, salt and 2-3 curry leaves into it.
  5. Tip in the banana cubes and mix well.
  6. Cover and cook on low heat, stirring occasionally, till the banana is cooked through. Switch off heat and keep aside.
  7. Heat oil in another pan.
  8. Add the crushed garlic, shallots and remaining curry leaves and stir for a minute.
  9. Add the crushed peppercorns and stir well.
  10. Add the chilli powder and fry for a few seconds.
  11. Tip in the cooked banana and mix well.
  12. Cook for another minute, stirring occasionally, till well blended.
  13. Switch off heat,
  14. Serve with Rice.
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