August 18, 2013

Kele sukke recipe - Balekayi upkari recipe - How to make raw banana sabzi

balekayi upkari in a serving bowl
Kele sukke recipe - Balekayi upkari is a coastal Krnataka style side dish for steamed rice with curry, rotis or chapatis. This sbzi can be prepared quickly with very few ingredients.This soft  plantain gets taste from the tempering and coconut.

Preparation time -10 minutes
Cooking time -15 minutes
Yield - serves 4

  • 4 raw bananas / Balekayi / Keli, peeled, cut into pieces
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • 1/4 tsp turmeric powder
  • 1 tbsp grated fresh coconut (optional)
  • fistful of chopped coriander leaves
  • 1 tbsp oil
  • salt to taste

For the tempering
  • 1/2 tsp mustard seeds
  • 1/2 tsp cumin seeds / jeera
  • 8-10 curry leaves

  1. Wash,  Peel and cut the raw bananas into equal sized pieces.
  2. Heat the oil in a pan and add mustard seeds in it.
  3. When they splutter, add  jeera  and curry leaves. Saute for  4-5 seconds.
  4. Add chili powder and turmeric powder. Saute for 8-10 seconds.
  5. Add raw banana pieces, coconut, salt and 1 cup of water. 
  6. Cover with lid and cook it on a medium flame till the bananas become soft. While cooking stir in between. Simmer till the subzi dries up. 
  7. Switch off the flame and sprinkle fistful of chopped coriander leaves.
  8. Serve the kele sukke hot as a side dish with steamed rice and curry and rotis or chapathis.
balekayi upkari is ready to serve


  1. Wow that's a great thing.. Looks yummy

  2. looks great and healthy stir fry...

  3. Spicy n yummy side dish!

  4. super spicy and yummy dish to try for..i never knew more than vazhakka i got a new recipe


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