Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Kela Upkari (Banana Sabji)

Banana is a great vegetable/ fruit. This is one plant that we use the leaves, flower, raw fruit & finally ripe bananas too.. along with that we even eat the stem of this plant too. Today i cooked the raw banana - a simple Upkari (vegetable), which is my mom's style - a simple - jhat phat vegetable.. goes deliciously well with sambhar & rasam!


Raw Banana - 3
Oil - 2 tsps
Mustard seends - 1/2 tsp
Udad Dhal - 1/2 tsp
Green chillies - 4
Coconut - 3 tbspn
Salt - to taste


1. Peel the banana & cut into cubes. Put them in a bowl with water as otherwise they will discolour.

2. In a pan add oil, mustard & udad dhal along with green chillies. Saute Them for a minute.

3. Then add the cut & strained banana & mix everything well. Add salt to taste & very little water. Cover & cook.

4. When its 90% cooked add grated coconut & mix well. Let it cook another 2-3 minutes serve it hot hot.

This is a simple upkari, but tastes yum yum! Perfect combo with a spicy gravy & rice.. how about applams on the side too & some payasam for dessert....What a meal it will be :-)


Rajitha said...

Seema..i make it exactly the same except the partof green chillies..i use dried red ones:)..would love to have it with rasam!

Dhivya said...

Nice idae seema..Looks great..It would hav tasted good.Thanks for sharing

Vanamala Hebbar said...

Mine is also same method. Love to eat just like that!!!

Ramya's Mane Adige said...

Simple and delicious!

Sagari said...

banana curry is my favvv your version looks so yummy

Laavanya said...

My paati makes the same way too but like Rajitha, red chillies. I simply love it.

Red Chillies said...

Groan Seema :-) Why do you remind me of kela upkari and then papad and paayas. please udgasu kornaka!

Jayashree said...

Very simple yet tasty dish...i make something similar to this.

Sia said...

i too cook it in a same way except for few ingredients. love it with simple tomato rasam and steaming bowl of rice:)

Asha said...

Simple dishes are the most delicious!:)

Siri said...

Simple and Yummy.. :)

Padmaja said...

Seema even I too make this quite often at home. Love to have it with pulcherry and a pickle! comfort food eh!!!

Richa said...

there is something @ raw banana curries, they taste sooo good :)

TBC said...

Hey Seema,
I make this the same way... well almost... It is one of my favorites. :-)

Seema said...

Rajitha- Glad to know u make it too! Its yum isn't it?

Dhivya- Tastes real good.. try it out.

Vanamala- Hey! your like me.. i can eat it like that itself :-)

Ramya- Yes.. your right.. simple is always delicious!

Sagari- Thank you!

Laavanya - Glad you like it dear.

Red chillies - Thinda Udda aiylave! But dont you think these will be yum if you got in a meal!

Jayashree- Thanks!

Sia - This goes super good with rasam.. i love the combo!

Asha - Your so right!

Siri - thanks!

Padmaja - Comfort food - there u go, its perfect & simple meal.

Richa - yes, your right - anything out of raw banana is yum yum :-)

TBC - welcome to club, most of us cook this dish..& love it too :-)

DK said...

I make them often! I love banana curry! :) mine is almost similar to yours except that I dont use coconut. Will try with the same next time :)

Purnima said...

Hi Seema,kela upkari looks delicious n new to me! In my place, we make chana upkari, same way, with few kela pcs and is eaten along with teek pohu for brkfast wt nice long glass of coffee!! tks for sharing!

Seema said...

DK - glad u make it same way. Try adding coconut - it tastes great!

Purnima - Nice to note the way you use it.. Teek Pohu - I love it! with a glass of cofee, its perfect!

remya said...

cool idea...surely it to have them

Kribha said...

Nice and simple dish. I love to have it with steaming hot rice, some toor dal and ghee.

Prathy said...

Seema...I am a Konkani too and live in MD USA.It's so nice to see the recipes that you've posted with those familiar words.Mostu changu assu.

Pravs said...

this looks delicious. I cook a lot with raw plantain.. can this be done with plantain ?