Raw Banana Bhaji (Baalekaayi Palya)/ Curry

Raw banana has always been a favorite in my family. This is one of those easy yet flavorful dishes to prepare. Not many ingredients go into this, yet the outcome is very delectable.

The only time consuming part here is the peeling of the skin as unlike the ripe banana where peeling is so straight forward, this requires some amount of work. I usually peel the skin, dice the banana in small cubes, put it in a microwavable container, add salt and then boil it. This makes the job so easy and it cooks in about 7-10 minutes.

Raw banana subji


  • 1 raw banana (plantains)
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • Curry leaves
  • 3-4 green chillies
  • 1/4 cup peas (optional)
  • corrinder leaves for garnishing
  • turmeric
  • asafoetida 
  • oil,salt,
  • mustard seeds


  • In a pan, heat some oil add the mustard and allow to splutter.
  • When they begin to splutter, add curry leaves and asafoetida.
  • Next add the chopped garlic and green chillies.
  • Next add the microwave-cooked boiled banana.
  •  Add peas just for some crunch and color. Peas does not impart any taste of it’s own in this.
  • Add salt, turmeric, mix it, add little water if necessary and let it simmer.
  • Finally garnish with cut coriander when ready to serve.
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  1. renuka says:

    I love this vegetable— This palya is my favorite
    even the “‘balekayi huli” with coconut is fantastic

    Nimma recipes Bahala seritu nanige especially because it is from the south (karnataka) there is moderate use of spices and the flavor of the actual vegetable comes through————-I am not a big fan of drenching the vegetables with too many spices.

  2. redchillies says:

    Balekayi is one of our favorite vegetables too. Balekayi huli tindu tumba dina aaithu. Neeve nenepu maddiddu valledu aaithu. Hope to make it soon.

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