Ethakka/Kaaya/Vazhakka Mezhukkupuratti (Stir fried Raw Banana)
The literal translation of the word ‘mezhukkupuratti’ would be ‘oil-coated’. In other words, Stir fry. Ethakka/Kaaya/Vazhakka Mezhupuratti can be made with two types of raw banana. One is the Nendran variety and the other one is known as Njaalippoovan/ Yalakki. The reason for using these varieties is because they tend to be firmer when cooked, as compared to the rest. Personally, I prefer to make this dish using Njaalippoovan as I find it tastier. But due to non-availability of the raw njaalippoovan here in Bangalore, I compromise 😊
Here’s the picture of the Nendran variety Banana, which was used to prepare the dish.
Ethakka/Kaaya/Vazhakka Mezhupuratti (Stir fried Raw Banana)
- 2 Raw banana
- 1/2 teaspoon Turmeric powder
- to taste Salt
- 3-4 Shallots crushed
- 3-4 Garlic cloves crushed
- a few Curry leaves
- 1/2 teaspoon Crushed Peppercorns
- 1/2- 1 teaspoon Chiili powder (adjust to suit your taste)
- 1 tablespoon Oil
- Apply some oil in your hands before cutting the banana to avoid staining of your hands.
- Peel the bananas and cut into small cubes.
- Immerse the cut pieces in water to avoid discolouration.
- Take some water in an earthen pot. Add turmeric powder, salt and 2-3 curry leaves into it.
- Tip in the banana cubes and mix well.
- Cover and cook on low heat, stirring occasionally, till the banana is cooked through. Switch off heat and keep aside.
- Heat oil in another pan.
- Add the crushed garlic, shallots and remaining curry leaves and stir for a minute.
- Add the crushed peppercorns and stir well.
- Add the chilli powder and fry for a few seconds.
- Tip in the cooked banana and mix well.
- Cook for another minute, stirring occasionally, till well blended.
- Switch off heat,
- Serve with Rice.