Top 10 Indian Raw Banana, Kacha Kela Recipes
Raw banana is used in popular South Indian recipes, especially Kerala recipes, like Avial and Upperi that are prepared on special occasions and festivals like Onam. Being easily available and quick-cooking, it is also used regularly as part of everyday cooking.
Having a neutral flavour like potatoes, it also fits effortlessly into mixed vegetable preparations like Oondhiya and South Style Mixed Veg Curry.
South Style Mixed Veg Curry
It is an essential ingredient in the Jain adaption of dishes like Vada Pav and Pav Bhaji. You can also make zesty kebabs and bhajiyas with raw bananas!
Jain Pav Bhaji (using Raw Bananas)
Here are some of the most popular recipes on our website that use raw bananas. For many more tasty options, head to our website.
Handling Raw Bananas
While peeling and chopping the raw bananas, you may want to grease your palm and fingers, especially the finger nails with a little oil because some raw bananas tend to have slightly sticky goo that discolours your skin and nails. However, even if you do end up with sticky and grey coloured hands, don’t worry, just apply a little oil and wash it off with soap. Your hands will be sparkling clean again!
If you want the raw banana cubes to retain their shape in the curry, then it’s better to cook the raw bananas with the peel on. Then remove the peel, let it cook and then cut. Otherwise, you can just peel and chop the raw bananas and add them with the other veggies while cooking. Remember they cook very fast.
Raw Banana Methi Subzi
Top 10 Indian Raw Banana Recipes
Although raw banana has a bland taste, it has a characteristic aroma that adds value to any dish. Plus, it also absorbs flavours well. This makes it a very useful ingredient for several curries, snacks and starters. You are sure to enjoy your culinary experiments with the raw banana – and we will stand by you with loads of tasty recipes!
1. When you think of raw banana, the first recipe that comes to our mind is Raw Banana Chips. Famous throughout India, especially in regions of Kerala and Tamil Nadu where raw bananas are available all year round. Raw bananas are sliced using a slicer directly in hot oil along with salt water. They are perfect jar snack.
Yellow Banana Chips
2. Avial is a Kerala style recipe which is an assortment of veggies which includes raw banana. With contrasting flavours and colours, this sabzi features in South Indian weddings.
3. The classic Gujarati Oondhiyu also makes use of raw banana. This winter special sabzi is enjoyed with puri. Methi muthia, yam, purple yam, fresh toovar, brinjal, potaoes and raw banana combine beautifully here. In this sabzi the veggies are stuffed with coriander and coconut. Here we have also used pressure cooker to save on time.
4. Crunchy, deep-fried raw banana roundels are bathed in jaggery syrup and coated with powdered sugar to make a crisp and sweet snack with a rustic, traditional taste – that’s Upperi. Famous during the festival of Onam, it can be stored and enjoy upto a week.
Upperi, Raw Banana Sweet Crispies, Recipe for Onam
5. Jains who do not reach out for potatoes, replace them with raw banana in the famous Vada Pav recipe. This Jain Vada Pav is equally tasty as the original recipe. Enjoy them as an evening snack.
Jain Vada Pav
6. What’s enjoyed in Kerala with steamed rice is Kai Kutan. "Kai" means plantain (raw banana) and 'kutan' means curry. Raw banana roundels are cooked in water and then flavoured with coconut paste and finally tempered before serving. This recipe needs to be served immediately, so make it very close to serving time.
Kai Kutan, Raw Banana Coconut Curry
7. One of the flavourful pick using raw banana is Raw Banana Fritters. This Kacha Kela Bhajia, has slices of raw banana dipped in besan batter and deep-fried. They are delightful to bite into. This tongue-tickling snack is best enjoyed with green chutney.
Raw Banana Fritters, Kela Bhajia
8. Like ripe banana, raw bananas are a good binding agent is tikkis and kebabs. We experimented them with chana dal and to make a Jain snack to be enjoyed at parties. The roasted chana dal imparts a unique flavour to these Chana Dal Seekh Kebabs.
Chana Dal Seekh Kebab Or How To Make Seekh Kebab Recipe
9. Even dals include raw banana as one of their ingredients. In Panchras Dal ,toovar dal is pressure-cooked and blended with an assortment of vegetables: carrots, pumpkin, raw banana and brinjal and simmered with masalas, till every ingredient blends with another for a flavorful meal.
10. Raw banana has been weaved into Raw Banana Fritters like the famous starter Baby Corn Fritters. Diagonally cut raw banana is dipped in maida-cornflour batter, rolled in cornflakes and deep-fried. Serve them with tomato ketchup for kids and Schezuan Sauce for adults.
Raw Banana Crispies