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

  • Prep time:
  • Cook time:
  • Serves: 4

Main Ingredients:

  1. 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

  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.

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.

Sailu

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  • Swapna

    Very nice… Reminds me of home :)

  • Shri

    We make a different combination; cinnamon and cummin are not used. This looks delicious!

  • Aarthi

    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.

    • Anonymous

      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.

  • Aarthi

    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.

  • Priya

    Super tempting vepudu..makes me drool..

  • http://krithiskitchen.blogspot.com Krithi

    Grandma also makes this way. super tempting pics..
    Krithi’s Kitchen
    Event: Serve It – Savory Baked

  • http://krithiskitchen.blogspot.com Krithi

    Grandma also makes this way. super tempting pics..
    Krithi’s Kitchen
    Event: Serve It – Savory Baked

  • Neelima

    We dont need to boil the raw plantains?

    • Anonymous

      There is no need to boil.

    • Anonymous

      There is no need to boil.

  • Neelima

    We dont need to boil the raw plantains?

  • Neelima

    We dont need to boil the raw plantains?

  • Sirisha

    Hi Sailu,

    May I request Champadumpa fry recipe from you at some point as well?

    Thanks!

    • Anonymous

      Sure will post a fry recipe sometime, Sirisha.

  • Sudhindra Srinivas

    Recently signed up for your posts and this one was a good preparation to try! Thanks!!

  • Siri

    this looks tempting….will surely try it soon. Thank you Sailu !

  • Siri

    this looks tempting….will surely try it soon. Thank you Sailu !

  • Priya

    Tried this recipe today, it was really good.

  • Guest

    It came out really good. Thanks.

  • Surekha

    Thank you for the recipe! Mine doesn’t look as yummy as yours but I always missed to add water. This trick worked !

  • Madhav Rao

    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