Jan 6, 2012

Valakai Poriyal / Raw Banana Poriyal with Coconut & Tamarind / Valakai Puli Vitu Karamadu – Iyengar Recipe

Amma makes valakai poriyal often, but it is made like the usual one with chilli powder and salt. This one is different because we add coconut  and tamarind. Actually the bananas are cooked in tamarind juice so you will get all the flavour right into the banana which makes it even more tasty..

This recipe is from one my Brahmin friend at work. I have made quite a few recipe from her mom ( You can check it here)..I don’t know why but I have a latest craze for iyengar recipes..I think that their recipes are great and worth while to try and blog..As you can see from the title that brahmins call their poriyal dish as karamadu which sounds great right..

So here you go to the recipe and let me know what you feel..


Valakai / Raw Banana / Raw Plantain– 3 large Peeled & Chopped
Tamarind Paste – 1 tblspn  ( I dissolved it in some water)
Coconut – 3 tblspn grated
Dry Red Chilli – 2
Mustard Seeds  / Kaduku – 1 tsp
Urad Dal / Ulundu – 1 tsp
Curry leaves – 1 spring
Oil - 1 tblspn
Salt to taste


Take banana in a kadai. Pour the tamarind water and add some salt in that. Mix well and let it come to a boil. Simmer and cook untill the banana is cooked. Now drain it and set aside.

Heat 1 tblspn oil in a kadai. Add mustard and urad dal in that and allow them to pop.

Add dry red chilli, curry leaves and fry for few mins..

Add cooked banana and mix well. Cook this for 5-7 mins untill the banana is well sauted and just started to turn darker.

Add coconut and mix well. Switch off the flame and serve..

Take all your ingrediants
Peel raw banana
Cut them
Put it in a kadai
pour tamarind water over that
add some salt
mix well..Let it come to a boil
cover and simmer
Untill cooked
Remove and set aside
Heat oil
add mustard and urad dal
add dry red chilli
and curry leaves
add cooked banana
and mix well
fry till they are little browned
add coconut
and mix well
Taste well with rice


  1. delicious looking curry you can also use the peel for pachadi
    Yummy looking meal :)

  2. Looks yummy.
    We prepare the same way but add tamarind at the end. Also goes in a little jaggery to balance the sourness.

  3. This is a great... I can have this with rice and rasam anytime!

  4. hv not tried with adding tamarind.. will give i a shot..

  5. a new dish for me to try.........

  6. Vazhakka Poriyal or Vazhakka Thoran(Kerala) looks awesome and mouthwatering!!

  7. nice and tatsy banana varity aarthi!!pics are just tempting...

  8. Delicious and yummy looking poriyal. Lovely preparation.

    Hamaree Rasoi

  9. Looks yummy. Wish I could dig in right now.

  10. Poriyal Luks Yummy.Perfect taste match for KarakUzhambu.

  11. This would happily warm up all of on a cold winter's eve. Such flavor!

  12. Que mezcla más exquisita quiero probar luce absolutamente nice nice,hugs,hugs.

  13. It's a very good dish. You always say the same thing but I like everything you cook. I have to think about cooking one of your recipes. Here in Barcelona there is a market that contain ingredients from all over the world. I'll ask.
    A hug.

  14. nice recipe .. I love recipes using Raw Banana

  15. Simple and delicious poriyal,looks yummy...

  16. What an incredible dish! The combination of flavors is absolutely divine!

  17. Tangy and yummy recipe with plantain..nice one

  18. a lovely side dish with some hot rice

  19. What a fascinating recipe. I love that you show a photo of all of the ingredients as some are not familiar to me and would be hard for me to find.

  20. Poriyal looks simply delicious and mouthwatering. Excellent preparation.

    Hamaree Rasoi

  21. That's a really interesting and tasty looking dish. I like the sweet/heat aspect of it! Is the banana a plantain? I've never seen a banana that you use a vegetable peeler on it before!

  22. Ann, Yes I used Raw Plantain for this..It is really easier to peel the skin off from a plantain using a peeler

  23. Wow yummy!!! Looks delicious. ..my favourite. ..

  24. I like this recipe

  25. Looks yummy will try it today. But i would like to suggest if your kadai is non stick i see a lot of scratch and its not healthy use it. Teflon when not properly use can be carcinogenic. Please consider to replace or use a stainless steel kadai. Also non stick are ment for delicate food like fish etc so consider replacing it by steel. I guess its just more healthier and safe for the whole family.


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