Cook's Hideout: Aratikaya Kura (Raw Banana Curry)

June 02, 2010

Aratikaya Kura (Raw Banana Curry)

I usually just fry raw banana and wanted to make something different this time. This recipe is from Chandra Padmanabhan’s cookbook, Dakshin-Vegetarian South Indian Recipes, sounded different and delicious. The end result was this tangy spicy curry that went well with hot white rice and some dal.
Raw bananas – 4-5 small, peeled & cubed
Tamarind paste – 2tsp
Green chilies -2 slit lengthwise
Turmeric - 1/2 tsp
Fresh grated coconut – 2tbsp
Salt – to taste

For Tempering:
Chana dal – 1tsp
Urad dal – 1tsp
Mustard seeds – 1tsp
Cumin seeds – 1tsp
Dry Red Chili – 2
Curry leaves – few

Poriyal Powder – 1tbsp*

  • Take the raw banana, pinch of turmeric, salt & tamarind paste with 1cup of water in a medium sauce pan. Cover & simmer until the veggie is tender and almost all the water is evaporated.
  • In a sauté pan, heat 2tsp oil and add all the tempering ingredients.
  • Once the seeds start to splutter, add green chilies and cooked banana.
  • Sprinkle in the poriyal powder and grated coconut. Mix well and cook for 3-5 minutes for the flavors to blend.
  • Serve hot with steamed white rice.
* Poriyal Powder:
Coriander Seeds - 1¼ cups
Chana dal – ¾ cup
Urad dal – ½ cup
Dry Red chilies – ¾ cup
Oil – 3tspHing – 2tsp
Tamarind ball – Marble size
Salt – to taste

  • Dry roast the coriander seeds & both the dals.
  • Fry the red chilies in the oil.
  • Mix all the ingredients together and grind to almost fine powder.
  • Store in a air tight container and use as needed.


  1. New recipe for me with banana...sound gud

  2. My favourite curry, can have with anything..

  3. I cooked this recipe too once, so yummy with thick gravy. I love Plantains too, must buy a few this weekend. Looks mouthwatering.

  4. I love CP's recipes. Her book is awesome.

  5. Love raw banana curries, this one sounds yumm!

  6. Pavani u have a very beautiful blog. Nice to meet you :)

  7. Thanks, dear Pavani, for a raw banana recipe. I love plantains and usually cook them in just a couple of ways, so it's great to find a new recipe that sounds delicious.


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