Kaya Ularthiyathu / Kaya Mezhukkupuratti

Kaya Ularthiyathu is another favourite vegetarian side dish at my home. Kaya (Vazhakka/ Unripe Plantain/ Green Banana) is readily available in all parts of India. Kaya is also prepared in combination with all kinds of Beans (Cherupayar, Vanpayar, Achinga or used for Erissery) and also with Beef and Pork like Beef Kaya Ularthiyathu or Pork Kaya Puralan. I like Kaya in all forms, Thoran or Mezhukkupuratti. Mezhukkupuratti means stir frying or slow roasting and almost all vegetables can be stir fried. Kaya Ularthiyathu is also known as Kaya Mezhukkupuratti or Vazhakka Upperi or Poriyal. Check my other stir fried vegetable recipes like Koorkka mezhukkupuratti, Vanpayar Ularthiyathu, Chena Mezhukkupuratti, Achinga payar Kaya Mezhukkupuratti, Cherupayar etc.

This recipe for Kaya ularthiyathu is a little different as Kaya is roasted in Chilly flakes and pepper. You may find it a bit unconventional, but it tastes superb. In Champakulam, it is known as Kudumbacurry (the family speciality). My Achachi (fil) likes it very much, but then he likes Kaya in all forms, especially “Vazhakka Uppu Curry” which his Ammayi (aunt) used to make. I am not yet an expert in that yet, once I get Achachi’s certificate, will be adding that to my collection of Recipes. Now, let me take you back to the recipe for Kaya Ularthiyathu. It is a great dish to have with rice, Thoran, Rasam and Pavakka fry for a simple Kerala lunch.

Time : 20 minutes
Serves : 4


Kaya (Vazhakka/Unripe Green banana): 2 nos.
Onion: 1 no.
Garlic: 3 cloves
Turmeric Pdr: ½ tsp
Pepper Pdr: ¾ tsp
Chilly Flakes: 1 tbsp
Curry leaves: few


Remove the outer skin of Kaya and put in water. Slice into thin strips and keep in water.

Kaya Ularthiyathu


Chop the onion and crush garlic. Heat little coconut oil in a kadai, pop mustards and add curry leaves. Add the chopped onion and garlic. Add Turmeric and Pepper Powder and the Chilly flakes and sauté. Drain and add the Kaya and sprinkle salt and mix well.

Kaya Ularthiyathu


Cover and cook stirring occasionally.


  • No water is required for cooking. Non – stick pan is better and you need less oil.
  • Kaya should be kept in water after peeling/ cutting till the time of cooking to retain the color and freshness.
  • Chilly flakes are better and you may try with ½ tsp chilly powder instead.

Health Benefits:

  • Unripe Bananas are full of fiber, and aids good digestion.
  • It has fewer calories and probiotic bacteria to keep your colon healthy.
  • Unripe Bananas regulate Blood Sugar.
  • It helps in absorbing nutrients especially calcium.


Hope all of you would try this recipe. Let me know if you like it. God Bless!

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