Raw BananaBajji-Vazhakkai Bajji-Plantain Fritters


Bajji is a common hot and crispy tea time snack in south india especially during rainy season. Bajji is a simple dish prepared by dipping any sliced vegetable in the gram flour batter and deep frying it. Bajji can be prepared with Onion, Potato, Plantain, Eggplant / brinjal, Ladies finger (and even Bread slices) sliced into thin pieces and are dipped in Batter and deep fried in oil. And it is served with any chutney or sauce. In this food blog, i am going to share my homemade easy recipe for Raw Banana (also called Plantain, Vazhakkai, Aratikaya) Bajji.
Here comes a most popular south indian snack recipe from my Indian kitchen. Golden crispy Banana Bajji. Last week one of my south african German classmate came to my home to visit me. That was an unexpected visit. So, i was little worried what to instantly at that evening. I had just besan flour (Gram Flour or Chickpeas Flour) thats all. My husband suggested me to prepare some vegetable bajji. Then i decided to prepare raw banana bajji for my friend. It turned out so crispy, delicious and ofcourse very easy to prepare. One thing that made the bajji more tasty than ever (take a look at the tips section to see what was that). My South African friend liked the hot bhajji’s a lot. I gave her the recipe. She told me that she would be preparing bajji’s at her home later. This famous Indian snack also has various names in South India like Aratikaya bajji, vaalaka bajji, valakkai bajji, aratikai bajji, kela bhajia, plantain tempura, Kerala Vazhakka Bajji.
As I said I am making the recipe as simple as possible. Do try Raw BananaBajji-Vazhakkai Bajji-Plantain Fritters recipe and share your tasty experience with us.


  • Raw banana - 1
  • Besan powder - 150gms
  • Rice flour- 3 tbsp
  • Barbeque (BBQ) Masala-2tbsp
  • Eno salt – a pinch
  • Hing powder – small pinch
  • Oil- to deep fry
  • Salt to taste


Step 1

Banana Preparation: Wash and clean raw banana (also known as Plantain, Vazhakkai, Aratikaya). Raw banana is always greasy and it is sticky. While cutting the plantains apply little bit oil on your hands and on the knife. Peel off the outer layer of the banana. Cut the banana into thin slices longitudinally / vertically.

Step 2

Gram Flour Batter Preparation: Take a small bowl, add besan (also known as Gram Flour or Chickpeas Flower) powder, Rice flour, Tandoori Barbeque (BBQ) Masala, eno salt (alternative to baking soda), hing powder and salt. Add enough water and mix all the ingredients well.

Step 3

Deep Fry: Heat vegetable oil in a wide mouth vessel, when the oil is superhot, dip the banana in the batter, slide the slices in to the oil slowly. Deep fry it in the medium flame until the batter coating turns golden brown colour. Drain the oil using kitchen paper.

Step 4

Raw Banana (Plantain - Vazhakkai) Bajji Fritters are ready to serve! Serve hot with chutney or sauce.


Traditionally, Bhajji is made with hot red chilli powder, but in the above recipe i used Tandoori Barbeque (BBQ) Masala. This gives the Bajji an awesome orange color and tastes very delicious. Try it. I can really recommend it.

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