Balekai Palya or Raw Plantain Sabzi


In my daily menu, I would always love to have more vegetables with Chapati. So I keep preparing a lot of vegetable sabzies either dry or the gravy type. This Balekai or Plantain Sabzi is Dry subzi and is very easy to prepare with simple ingredients. This sabzi can be relished with chapati, plain rice or even with curd rice.

Balekai Palya or Raw Plantain Sabzi
Balekai Palya or Raw Plantain Sabzi

Plantain has carbohydrate source, low fat, vitamin C and high starch content in it. Always pick the green plantains for preparing the Sabzi. Peel the outer covering of the Plantain and cut the plantain into small sized cubes and immediately transfer them into a bowl of water. This will help the plantain not to change its colour. Here I have used only few ingredients. To get good taste of the Plantain subzi, I have just added the Red Chilli Powder. Preparing this subzi is faster too; with only few steps cutting, seasoning and frying without water. Make sure not to add water as this helps the sabzi not to stick the chopped plantain together and become soggy. Go ahead and enjoy making this Balekai /Raw Plantain Subzi.

Balekai Palya or Raw Plantain Sabzi
Balekai Palya or Raw Plantain Sabzi

Balekai Palya or Raw Plantain Sabzi Ingredients:

  • Raw Green Plantain or Balekai – 2
  • Oil – 1 Tbsp + 1 tsp
  • Mustard Seeds – 1 tsp
  • Cumin Seeds or Jeera – 1/2 tsp
  • Curry Leaves – 8-10
  • Asefetida or Hing – Pinch
  • Turmeric Powder – 1/4 tsp
  • Red Chilli Powder – 1 tsp
  • Salt-1/2 tsp{As Per Taste}
  • Coriander Leaves-2 stem

Time to Prepare: 20 min

Serves: 4

How to Make Balekai Palya or Raw Plantain Sabzi :

1. Peal the Raw Green Plantain and chop them into cube sized pieces and soak it in normal water until use, else the colour of the Raw Plantain changes to dark brown.

2. Heat Oil in a pan, add Mustard Seeds. Once they splutter, add Jeera or Cumin Seeds. When Jeera starts to crackle add Curry Leaves and Asefetida or Hing.

Balekai Palya or Raw Plantain Sabzi
Balekai Palya or Raw Plantain Sabzi

3. Drain the water completely from the chopped Raw Plantain and immediately add to the frying pan. Add the Turmeric Powder and mix well once. Close the lid of the frying pan and let the vegetable cook to become soft for 8 to 10 minutes on Simmer medium heat. Do not add water, it should be cooked in Oil and with the steam only so as to maintain non mushiness.

4. At this stage, add Salt, Red Chilli Powder and mix well until these merges well with the other ingredients. Now cook the Sabzi on low flame for 2 minutes and switch off the flame. Garnish with chopped Coriander Leaves.

Serve this sabzi with Chapati, Rice or Curd Rice.

Balekai Palya or Raw Plantain Sabzi
Balekai Palya or Raw Plantain Sabzi


  1. Always use non stick pan to prepare Raw Plantain Sabzi, else it will stick to the bottom of the pan and gets charred.
  2. If you feel necessary to add water, just sprinkle it once the before closing the lid. Its best avoided and cooked only with oil.
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I am Hema from Bangalore and welcome to my world of vegetarian recipes! Here in this site I feature recipes of various categories from India and beyond.


  1. This subji is really tasty. You may also use vangibhath powder instead of red chilli powder which will also be very tasty.


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