Kelyachi baajhi or Raw banana vegetable
Raw banana vegetable here means green triangular bananas found in maharashtra which makes a very common and popular side dish in every mahatashtrian household. Quite easy, less time consuming and has unique taste.
It has to be eaten cooked, either boiled, steamed or fried unlike ready to eat yellow ripe bananas. Its good source of fibre, vitamin b6, minerals, and starch, it helps to manage weight, blood cholestrol levels and blood sugar. Hence it has high nutritional value. A greener banana means you will absorb less calories. Did you knew that ? 😏
Its as simple as stir fry method of indian cooking. Ideal for begginers who can also try it without any doubts. Simplest and healthiest dish for lunch or dinner. Goes well with chapati.
Its been a decade am living in mumbai, learned and adopted many maharashtrian dishes in meals and believe me the spicy maharashtrian food is addictive. 😜
But sounds so hilarious when we count famous maharashtrian dishes.. pav bhaji, vada pav, samosa pav, bhajji pav, misal pav, usal pav... pav pav pav pav pav pav pav... uff. So much paaav !! Not only these street foods mumbai authentic dishes are divine. Sea food is par excellence if you are non vegetarian. Gauti chicken also I heard here only. In short Maharashtrian cuisine is a zesty and spicy one, which makes abundant use of aromatic and flavourful ingredients.
Coming back to our banana bhaji, In mumbai hectic fast pace life, such quick recipes gives relief to hunger panks. Easy, quick and spicy as you may like.
Lets learn how to make it
Raw green bananas 3_4 nos. ( washed, chopped into round pieces _ no need to peel)
Red chilly powder 1 tsp
Mustard seeds 1/2 tsp
Turmeric powder 1/2 tsp
Curry leaves few
Oil 1 tbsp
Dhaniya powder 1 tsp
Amchur powder 1/2 tsp
Grated coconut 2 tbsp
Fresh finely chopped coriander leaves.
Green chillies chopped -optional
In a pan take oil.
When hot, add mustard seeds, asafoetida and curry leaves. Let the spluttering sound come.
Now add chopped bananas. Let it cook till little brown from both sides.
Add green chillies, turmeric and salt, dhaniya powder and amchur powder. Mix well.
Cook on sim for 10 mins covered. Sprinkle some water if needed. And keep stirring inbetween.
When banana pieces are cooked, Add freshly grated coconut (optional , I usually skip it) and coriander leaves. Cook for some more time on sim.
Serve hot and spicy kelyachi Bhaji with chapaties Or can enjoy as snacks too.