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Achar Kela Recipe | Raw Banana Achar Masala | Vazhaikkai Masala Recipe
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Achar Kela Recipe | Raw Banana Achar Masala | Vazhakkai Masala Recipe

Achar Kela, a wonderful dry curry made with Raw Banana flavored with freshly prepared Achar Masala. Spices are well balanced making this dry curry a perfect accompaniment for South Indian or North Indian Main Courses. Learn here how to make this Raw banana Achar masala with step by step pictures and instructions.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: Accompaniment, Dry Curry, Side Dish
Cuisine: Indian Recipes, North Indian, South Indian Recipes
Servings: 3 people
Calories: 100kcal
Author: Sowmya Venkatachalam


  • Heavy Bottomed Pan
  • Heavy Bottomed Pan
  • Sauce Pan


  • 2 Raw Banana
  • 1 Onion Finely chopped
  • 1 tsp Lemon Juice
  • 1 tbsp Coriander Leaves For Garnishing
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 1 tsp Ginger Garlic Paste
  • 1 Pinch Turmeric Powder

For Achar Masala

  • 2 tsp Coriander seeds
  • ½ tsp Mustard seeds
  • ½ tsp Cumin Seeds
  • ¼ tsp Fenugreek seeds
  • 2 Kashmiri Red Chili
  • 2 Red Chili
  • ¼ tsp Fennel Seeds

For Tempering

  • 2 tbsp Oil
  • 1 tsp Mustard seeds
  • Few Curry leaves


Preparing Achar Masala

  • Heat a pan, add corianders seeds, mustard seeds, cumin seeds, fennel seeds, fenugreek seeds, kashmiri red chili and normal red chili.
  • Dry roast everything in medium flame till you get a nice aroma and the coriander seeds turn slightly brown.
  • Allow the roasted ingredients to cool off and then take it to mixer jar.
  • Grind the roasted ingredients to smooth powder.

Cooking Raw Banana

  • Wash and peel the skin of raw banana. Slit in half and then chop it in 1/2" thick pieces. Take the raw banana slices in a sauce pan. Add water to soak the raw banana.
  • Also add a pinch of turmeric of 1/2 tsp salt to the sauce pan. Keep the sauce pan on flame and cook the raw banana for 5 mins.
  • Strain water and set the pre-cooked Raw banana aside.

Start with Tempering

  • Heat oil in a pan. Add mustard seeds and allow it to sputter. Also add few curry leaves and give a mix.
  • To this, now add chopped onion and give a good mix. Add ginger-garlic paste and saute the onions till they are translucent.
  • When the onions become translucent, add the pre-cooked Raw banana slices. Gently give a mix.

Making Achar Kela Masala

  • Next, add turmeric powder, ground achar masala and salt. Give everything a good mix. Gently mix so that the cooked raw banana pieces don't become mushy.
  • Keep in low flame and cook for 5 mins. The masalas gets combined well and raw banana gets cooked with masala nicely.
  • Finally garnish with coriander leaves and switch off the flame. Allow it to cool for 2 mins and then add lemon juice and give a final mix.
  • Delicious Achar Kela is now ready to serve!


Serving: 0.33Cup | Calories: 100kcal | Carbohydrates: 17g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 4g