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How to make Vazhakkai Poriyal Recipe / Plantain fry recipe

Here is another signature dish from the Madurai Cuisine! Vazhakai (plantain) fried in the style of a fish fry!! Once again signifies the bold flavours of Madurai!! Here’s how you can prepare a Madurai Special Vazhakkai Poriyal recipe. If you have missed our previous Madurai special recipes, click here!

Vazhakkai Poriyal Recipe


Caution : You might keep cooking vazhakkai in this style in repeat mode after trying it once!!!


  • Vazhakkai (Plantain) – 1 big sized
  • Cinnamon stick
  • Cloves – 7 to 8 Nos.
  • Cardamom – 3 to 4 Nos.
  • Garlic – 4 to 5 cloves
  • Fennel seeds – 1 teaspoon
  • Turmeric powder – 1 teaspoon
  • Chilly powder – 1 Tablespoon ( Can adjust accordingly to your spice preference)
  • Salt – As required
  • Oil – for frying


  • Peel the skin of the plantain and cut into pieces like shown in image
  • Deep fry these plantain pieces in oil
  • Make paste of garlic, cinnamon, cloves, cardamom and fennel seeds
  • Add turmeric powder, chilly powder and salt to this mixture.
  • In a pan, heat oil and add the grounded paste
  • After a minute, add the fried plantain pieces and keep frying until the plantain absorbs the paste and becomes crispy
  • Our delicious Vazhakkai Varuval (Plaintain fry) is ready!!!!


  • You can adjust the number of spices in accordance with the quantity of the plantain. The measurement mentioned here is for one nice big vazhakkai (Plantain) which would serve 4 people
  • You can bake the plantain instead of deep frying if preferred
  • Vazhakkai varuval goes well with curd rice, or sambar etc..
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Happy eating!!

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