Vazhakkai Varuval

I am not a big fan of Plantain, occasionally I buy it. In our home we generally prepare Vazhakkai podimas or Vazhakkai podi curry as side dish for rice. This particular preparation I learnt from my friend’s mom and I liked it, so started cooking this frequently. This is similar to Plaintain chips but marinated and cooked
Vazhakkai Varuval

Vazhakkai (Raw banana) – 1, peeled and thinly sliced

Ginger garlic paste  – 1/4 tsp

Coriander powder – 1/2 tsp

Cumin powder – 1/4 tsp

Red chilli powder – 1/4 tsp (Adjust according to your taste)

Turmeric powder – 1/8 tsp

Garam masala –  1/8 tsp 

Asofetida/Hing(Perungayam) – pinch

Salt – as needed

Oil – 2 tsp


  • Parboil the raw banana ( I microwaved them for 5 minutes. You can also boil it in a cup of water until soft). Strain the water and keep aside
  • In a mixing bowl add raw banana, red chilli powder, turmeric powder, garam masala, coriander powder, cumin powder, ginger garlic paste, garam masala, asofetida and salt. Mix gently and Marinate them for atleast 30 minutes

vazhakkai varuval

  • Heat the pan and brush (add) oil to the pan (Dosai tawa can also be used)  when the oil is hot, add the marinated raw banana slices and cook on both sides until they are golden brown



My Notes:
  • Instead of shallow frying can also deep fry the plantains
  • Can keep the marination in refrigerator if you are running out of time

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23 thoughts on “Vazhakkai Varuval

  1. Anu Nagaraja February 13, 2015 at 4:31 PM Reply

    loooove these chips – interesting flavors too 🙂 nice!

  2. Framed Recipes February 12, 2015 at 4:28 PM Reply

    This would be perfect with rice.

  3. Bikramjit February 12, 2015 at 1:15 AM Reply


  4. Francesca Trucco February 10, 2015 at 12:29 PM Reply

    I am surprised how many side dishes you are able to create for rice

  5. spiceinthecity February 10, 2015 at 11:39 AM Reply

    Yum, these look deicious!!

  6. srividhya February 10, 2015 at 9:01 AM Reply

    Marinated chips sounds yummm. Super. Between try vaazhakai in Eriseri pa u will like it.

    • Traditionally Modern Food February 10, 2015 at 4:40 PM Reply

      Thanks Sri, ya I know erisery enga Mami is from Kerala she thought me a version of ericery with yam and raw banana.. Appopo I will cook that

  7. LifestyleswithLia February 10, 2015 at 7:11 AM Reply

    Oh I love plantains and this is a perfect recipe! Thanks for sharing:))

  8. Chitra Jagadish February 10, 2015 at 1:35 AM Reply

    Wow love this quick munchies…. yummmm yummm

  9. Rafeeda February 10, 2015 at 12:53 AM Reply

    I can sit and have this just like that… without any side dish… looks so yum… 🙂

  10. Malar February 9, 2015 at 11:38 PM Reply

    One of my friend used to do this and she used prepare it with loads of oil 😉 so I dare to try it. I will try your method Vidya, feel like grabbing some pieces 🙂

  11. Malathi February 9, 2015 at 11:30 PM Reply

    Luving to eat just like tat.. 🙂

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