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Recipe for Kamala: Raw Banana Poriyal

February 05, 2021 12:54 IST
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Sharjah-based Bethica Das has more special South Indian recipes dedicated to US Vice President Kamala Harris. She's cooking up a storm.

Her latest is for a popular side dish from Tamil Nadu.

"It is a simple preparation with lots of fresh grated coconut added at the end," she says. "This delicacy is traditionally relished as a side dish with curd rice, sambar rice or rasam rice. It can also be served with any kind of Indian bread."

"It is a quick recipe, both healthy and nutritious, with a minimum of oil and spices," she adds.

Photograph: Kind courtesy Bethica Das

Raw Banana Poriyal


  • 2-3 raw green bananas, peeled and chopped
  • 1-2 red chillies split in half
  • 1 tsp rai or mustard seeds
  • 1 spring curry leaves
  • 1-2 green chillies, split in half, optional
  • 1 tsp urad dal or split white gram
  • 2-3 tbsp grated fresh coconut
  • 1 tbsp dhania/coriander leaves, for garnish
  • 2 tbsp oil
  • Salt to taste


  • Heat oil in a kadhai or wok and add the mustard seeds and red chillies.
    After the seeds stop spluttering, add the urad dal, curry leaves and green chillies, if using.
    Saute for a few seconds.
  • Add the chopped banana and salt.
    Stir and cook with the lid on over low heat.
    Sprinkle some water at intervals.
  • The banana pieces as they cook will become soft, but still have a bite to them. When done, add the grated coconut.
  • Give it a toss and turn off the heat.
    Garnish with coriander leaves.
  • Serve as a side dish with rice or chapatis.

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