Aratikaya Vepudu ~ Raw Plantain Fry


Raw Plantains are a low glycemic source of carbohydrate and full of nutrition. Aratikaya as its known in Andhra is a regular every day vegetable in South Indian vegetarian cuisine. I usually prepare stir fries, yogurt based or tamarind based stew, pachadi and vadas with Raw Plantains.

The key is to use fresh and firm green plantains before they ripen to a yellow shade. Today’s vegetarian stir fry recipe makes for a perfect side dish with rice, sambar, papad and a bowl of yogurt. This simple plantain fry calls for a few aromatic spices like cinnamon which brings immense flavor to the well roasted plantains. Tempering of curry leaves and fresh coriander leaves as a final garnish are essential so do not compromise with these ingredients.

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Aratikaya Vepudu ~ Raw Plantain Fry

Aratikaya Vepudu Recipe

Prep & Cooking: 35-40 mts

Serves: 3-4

Cuisine: Andhra

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Ingredients:

2 raw green plantains, peel, slice each plantain lengthwise and slice (place in water)

1 large onion, finely chopped

1 tsp ginger-garlic paste

big pinch turmeric powder

1 tsp chilli powder

1/2 tsp coriander powder

1/4 tsp roasted cumin powder

pinch of methi powder (dry roast and make a fine pwd)

pinch of cinnamon powder

2 tbsps fresh grated coconut

1 1/2 tbsps oil

salt to taste

fresh coriander leaves for garnish

For poppu/tadka/tempering:

1/2 tsp cumin seeds

2-3 green chilies, slit

8-10 curry leaves

1 Mix chili powder, methi powder, turmeric powder, coriander powder, cumin powder, salt, ginger garlic paste and grated coconut to the sliced raw plantain. Sprinkle 4-5 tbsps of water and keep aside for 10 mts.
2 Meanwhile, heat oil in a cooking vessel, add the cumin seeds and let them splutter. Add curry leaves and green chilies and toss for about 5-6 seconds.
3 Add the chopped onions and saute for 4-5 mts till they turn pink. Add the sliced plantain pieces and stir fry for 4-5 mts without lid on medium high. Constantly stir fry to ensure they don’t burn or stick to the pan.
4 Cook with lid on low to medium flame for 18-20 mts or till the plantains are well roasted and turn soft. Remove lid and cook on medium high, tossing constantly, for 2-3 mts. Add cinnamon powder and mix. Turn off heat and remove onto a serving bowl.
5 Serve with hot rice and sambar.

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ndian Vegetarian Stir Fry using Raw Plantains

Aratikaya Vepudu ~ Raw Plantain Fry

  Prepare time:
 Cook:
 Serves: 4

 Main Ingredients:

  •  raw plantain

 Ingredients

  •   2 raw green plantains, peel, slice each plantain lengthwise and slice (place in water)
  •   1 large onion, finely chopped
  •   1 tsp ginger-garlic paste
  •   big pinch turmeric powder
  •   1 tsp chilli powder
  •   1/2 tsp coriander powder
  •   1/4 tsp roasted cumin powder
  •   pinch of methi powder (dry roast and make a fine pwd)
  •   pinch of cinnamon powder
  •   2 tbsps fresh grated coconut
  •   1 1/2 tbsps oil
  •   salt to taste
  •   fresh coriander leaves for garnish
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    For poppu/tadka/tempering

  •   1/2 tsp cumin seeds
  •   2-3 green chilies, slit
  •   8-10 curry leaves

Method for making Aratikaya Vepudu ~ Raw Plantain Fry

Mix chili powder, methi powder, turmeric powder, coriander powder, cumin powder, salt, ginger garlic paste and grated coconut to the sliced raw plantain. Sprinkle 4-5 tbsps of water and keep aside for 10 mts.
Meanwhile, heat oil in a cooking vessel, add the cumin seeds and let them splutter. Add curry leaves and green chilies and toss for about 5-6 seconds.
Add the chopped onions and saute for 4-5 mts till they turn pink. Add the sliced plantain pieces and stir fry for 4-5 mts without lid on medium high. Constantly stir fry to ensure they don't burn or stick to the pan.
Cook with lid on low to medium flame for 18-20 mts or till the plantains are well roasted and turn soft. Remove lid and cook on medium high, tossing constantly, for 2-3 mts. Add cinnamon powder and mix. Turn off heat and remove onto a serving bowl.
Serve with hot rice and sambar.

Tips

  •   Use fresh raw plantains.
  •   After peeling, place them in water so that they do not turn black.
  •   If you fingers are sticky, rub oil and chop the plantains.

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Raw Plantains are a low glycemic source of carbohydrate and full of nutrition. Aratikaya as its called in our part of the world is a regular every day vegetable in South Indian vegetarian cuisine. The key is to use fresh and firm green plantains before they ripen to a yellow shade. Today's stir fry recipe is perfect side dish with rice, sambar, papad and a bowl of yogurt.

23 thoughts on “Aratikaya Vepudu ~ Raw Plantain Fry

  1. Sailu … i always wonder how you make stir fry’s with such little oil. I always focus on the oil part and it never turns out this good with such little oil. Please advice. Thanks.

    1. Stir fries do require more oil than for curries or stews and when frying raw plantain, it needs more oil than most other vegetables. If you follow the steps I mentioned in the recipe including timing, you will achieve a nicely roasted stir fry.

  2. Sailu … i always wonder how you make stir fry’s with such little oil. I always focus on the oil part and it never turns out this good with such little oil. Please advice. Thanks.

  3. Sailu first of all i say thanks iam retired person @60..and nw in home evry one wants onr spl dish frm me since i followed your blog. Now i tried this reviepe instead of keeping in water i kept pieces in buttermilk and came out very well..thanks pnce again

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