Kelyachi Bhaji or Raw Banana vegetable is a quite popular dish in Maharashtrian households, as it tastes surprisingly good and takes less time for the preparation.
I’m not sure whether other Indian communities make this recipe at home, but you should definitely try it out. If you know the stir-fry method of Indian cooking, you can make it without any hesitation.
You can serve this simple and healthy dish in lunch or dinner. It goes well with Chapatis. You may also serve it as a second vegetable in your traditional Maharashtrian thali.
Total Time – 20-25 mins
Serves – 2-3 people
- Raw Bananas – 2 medium sized, peeled and chopped into small pieces
- Asafoetida – 1/2 teaspoon
- Mustard seeds – 1/2 teaspoon
- Curry leaves – 4-5
- Oil – 1 tablespoon
- Onion – 1 medium sized, finely chopped
- Turmeric powder – 1/2 teaspoon
- Green chilli – 1 (break into pieces)
- Freshly grated coconut – 2 tablespoon
- Coriander – 1 tablespoon, finely chopped
- Salt to taste
1. Add oil in a preheated pan.
2. Once the oil gets hot enough, add mustard seeds, asafoetida and curry leaves. Wait till you hear the spluttering sound.
3. When you get the familiar ‘Tadka’ smell, add the chopped onions, broken green chilli, salt and turmeric powder.
4. Stir fry the onions until light brown.
5. Add raw banana pieces into the onion base and mix well.
6. Cook it for 10 minutes on medium flame with the lid on. (Don’t forget to stir during the cooking process. Sprinkle some water if needed.)
7. If the banana pieces are cooked well, add freshly grated coconut and coriander in the vegetable. Cook it for a couple of minutes on low flame.
8. Serve your Kelyachi Bhaji with hot Chapatis.