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Ethakka/Kaaya/Vazhakka Mezhukkupuratti (Stir fried Raw Banana)

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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)

The literal translation of the word 'mezhukkupuratti' would be 'oil-coated'. In other words, Stir fry. This dish can be made with two types of raw banana. One is the Nendran variety and the other one is known as Njaalippoovan/ Yalakki.
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 30 mins
Servings 6 servings

Ingredients
  

  • 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

Instructions
 

  • 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.
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