Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Balekayi Masale Palya (Spicy Raw Banana Stir-fry)

Spicy raw banana stirfry is inspired by Sanjeev Kapoor's Chettinad Special episode of Khana Khazana.  Me & my 3 & 1/2 year old son watch this religiously. My son gets involved in the show so much that, he tells.., bus bus kaafi hain (enough, dont add more) in between when he adds something to the dish ;D This is the one & only show that my son watches without running around for 30mins(He doesn't even watch cartoon for this long!!). This makes me think whether he would become a chef one day!!

Ingredients: (Serves 4-5)
Raw banana: 3 nos
Oil: 1 tbsp
Mustard seeds: 1/2 tsp
Cumin seeds: 1/4 tsp
Urad dal: 1/2 tsp (optional)
Curry Leaves: A string
Red chilli: 1 broken (optional)
Asafoetida: a pinch
Turmeric: a pinch
Water: 2-3tbsp
Salt: According to taste
For spice powder
Urad dal/Uddina bele: 1.5 tbsp
Red chillies: 4-5nos
For garneshing:
Grated coconut: 1 tbsp
Coriander leaves: 1 tbsp (finely chopped)
Lemon juice: 1 tsp
  • Gently peel the raw banana & cut them into 1 cm squares. You can slice them too. Its your choice.
  • Soak them in thin buttermilk or rice drained water. (Note: This is to avoid them from turning black soon)
  • Meantime, dry roast the urad dal & red chillies. Allow it to cool & prepare a powder using a mixer. Keep it aside.
  • Heat the oil in a broad pan. When oil is hot, add mustard & cumin seeds. When mustard seeds splutter, add urad dal & saute till dal turns golden brown. Add curry leaves, asafoetida, turmeric & red chilli. Saute for 10secs.
  • Now add the raw banana pieces & saute till a fine layer of oil is coated on the bananas. Sprinkle few drops of water & allow the banana to cook for 2-3mins (keep stirring in between as the banana might stick to the pan). When bananas are half cooked, add salt & if needed sprinkle few more drops of water. Cook for another 1-2mins.
  • Finally add the spice powder, mix together & cook for another 30secs.
  • Turn off the heat, add grated coconut, coriander leaves, lemon juice & mix well.
  • Serve it hot/warm as a side dish for rice.


  1. Love all his shows and recipes. btwnNice recipe

  2. nice side dish recipe..looks yumm...

  3. hahahah :), I couldn't help laughing myself about your write up saying you and your son watching the show Religiously, that's what made me laugh, My kids too sometimes call me if their is a cookery show, but here I get to watch most of them non-veg or desserts!!, I love sanjeev kapoor's show, I used to watch it as you said religiously!!, in btwn this is a good one. Long back I have posted one, as chettinad recipe, I think!!, but not this powder and I think I have used star anise in it

  4. Delicious recipe and great pics!!

  5. I love baalekayi pallya... It is my favorite... Oorinalli hechchaagi maadthaare maththe ganji ootada jothe nanage adu thumba ishta..... Kuku kade nu maadthaare but adara sippe poorthi thegedu bidthaare...adakke nanage swalpa...onthara aagthade.... aadare...olle non veg thara irthade avara preparation..... I kinda like it too.... but I like it more OUR WAY...... That is this wat...with a little of its skin, saved for me to savor.... ;-)


  6. My favourite stir fry,just love with curd rice...yumm!!

  7. hi sush,
    Volee recipe..nanage sha balekai simple stir fry ishta...nimma son cooking/cookery show kade inclination ide antha keli khushi aaitu :)
    happy cooking

  8. I love raw bananas..masala fry looks yummmm!

  9. Palya tumba chennagi kanatte. I don't know what it is with food shows and kids. My 5 year old daughter loves it too. She asks me to put food network all the time. The moment there is something baked goodie in the show, of course she wants me to run to the kitchen and make it for her.

  10. This is no doubt a very healthy dish!!!

  11. This is how my Maa prepares at home... Its very tasty and yummy!!! I love SK's books and shows he is excellent....

  12. LOL..Akash too watches Khana Khazana with us without blinking his eyes! When he was 2yr old he used to cook with his cooking set and ask me to eat :D ehehehe...even now he is very much inclined in household chores. Balekayi palya looks yummy!

  13. Balekai is so healthy .. this dish is really yummy

  14. your son is sure going to be a great cook like you! i can see the signs already :) plantain curry looks delicious.

  15. Wow, wonderful side dish...must be perfect with sambar rice:)

  16. Will try this version next time. We prepare this curry with out that uraddal powder and sometimes substituting tamarind for lemon and also adding a small quantity of jaggery. Yummy.

  17. ಆರ್ಷೇಯ ಪದ್ಧತಿಯಂತೆ ನಿಮ್ಮೆಲ್ಲರ ಮನೆಗಳ ಮನಗಳ ಹತ್ತಿರ ಬಂದು ಯುಗಾದಿಯ, ಹೊಸವರ್ಷದ ಶುಭಾಶಯಗಳನ್ನು ಕೋರುತ್ತಿದ್ದೇನೆ, ಹೊಸವರ್ಷ ತಮಗೆಲ್ಲ ಸುಖ-ಸಮೃದ್ಧಿದಾಯಕವಾಗಿರಲಿ



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