Vazhaikai Varuval/Raw Plantain Fry

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Vazhaikkai varuval

I like the varuval over the poriyal to have with rice and Sambar because it is dry and spicy and pairs well with Sambar or Mor kuzhambu. This recipe of Vazhaikkai varuval is a regular at our home. 
Coconut and fennel is ground along with chilli powder and cooked with Vazhaikkai and fried to perfection.The coconut when fried on low heat along with the Vazahikkai imparts a nice aroma and flavor.

Prep time: 15 min 
Cook time: 30 min 
Serves: 4 
Level: Intermediate
  1. 4 cups sliced Vazhaikai/ Raw Plantain
  2. ½ cup finely chopped onions
  3. 7 to 8 curry leaves
  4. teaspoon chilli powder
  5. ½ teaspoon turmeric powder
  6. tablespoons oil
  7. salt to taste
To Grind:
  1. ¼ cup grated coconut
  2. ½ teaspoon sombu/fennel

  1. Heat oil in a kadai/pan and add the oinions and curry leaves. Saute well until transparent
  2. Now add the Vazhaikai and saute well for few seconds. To this add the salt and rest of the powders.
  3. Then add the ground coconut, mix well and add 1/4 cup water and bring to a boil. Close and simmer for 5 minutes or until the Vazhaikai is cooked.
  4. Mix well and simmer for another 10 minutes, stirring occassionaly and serve with rice. 
TIPS: Increase or decrease Chilli powder according to your taste. I have used sombu/Fennel, you could use cumin if you prefer. 


  1. Yummy! I used to love this one. My friends mom used to make this. Will make it asap.Thanks

  2. I use all the same ingredients except the coconut. Next time will try with coconut.Mouth watering picture:)

  3. Varuval looks yummy!

    ////4.Mix well and simmer for another 10 minutes, stirring occassionaly and serve with rice.///

    I think step-3 is missing in the post..can you check?

    Thank you!

  4. Super tempting varuval,will try to add coconut while making some varuvals next time., love with hot piping rasam rice.

  5. Liked it so much. I did valakai poriyal today. Varuval recipe is in my draft for almost a month. Time to post it :)

  6. Very tempting..i have been wanting to cook this for quite some time ur recipe looks awesome..gonna try this out..first time here and already following u ..

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  8. this is looking so delicious . nice recipe

  9. Authentic dish with a breezy recipe!

  10. it with curd rice..

  11. Mouthwatering here, what a terrific and super tempting....

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  14. Slurp... Looks very tempting... and Spicy..

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  15. Looks delicious....

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  20. Finger licking...


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