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Kela Ki Subji (Banana Curry)

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This is a delicious sweet and sour dish, and only takes few minutes to prepare. Kela Ki Sabji makes a great side dish. You will be amazed with the simplicity of this dish.

Recipe will serve 3


  • 3 ripe bananas peeled and sliced 1/2 inch thick approx. 3 cups of sliced banana
  • 1 tablespoon oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin seeds (jeere)
  • 1/8 teaspoon asafetida (hing)
  • 1 green chili minced, adjust to taste
  • Pinch of turmeric (haldi)
  • 1 teaspoon finely chopped ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt adjust to taste
  • 1/2 teaspoon mango powder (amchoor)
  • Approx. 2 tablespoons chopped cilantro (hara dhania)
  • 2 tablespoon water


  1. Heat the oil in a sauce pan on medium high. Test the heat by adding one cumin seed to the oil; if seed cracks right away oil is ready.
  2. Add cumin seeds after seeds crack add asafetida, green chili and turmeric, stir for a few seconds.
  3. Add bananas, ginger, mango powder and water stir gently and cook only for a minute, don’t overcook otherwise banana will become mushy and watery.
  4. Turn off the heat and add salt and cilantro mix gently and serve.

21 thoughts on “Kela Ki Subji (Banana Curry)

  1. I love your easy, quick and still so excellent recipes. Just tried it – very good, thanks (once more), Manjula.

  2. My neighbor gifted us with a ton of bananas from her tree yesterday and I was searching for something savory to do with them. I came across this recipe and I’m SO glad I did.

    I made a few substitutions because I didn’t have whole cumin, asafetida or the amchoor. Instead I used ground cumin, diced garlic and 2 small, chopped green mangos from our tree. I omitted the extra water since the mango had its own water.

    It turned out absolutely delicious. I served it with plain white rice, though jasmine rice would have been delicious, as well.

    Very easy to make and very budget friendly too. This will be going in my regular rotation!

  3. Excellent Recipe Manjula Aunty… Actually I am jain so in India I ate this vegetable on regular basis…Now since 4 years I am in US, I cook this on my own and love it … Thanks….

  4. I made this earlier in the week. It was my first time cooking with bananas, but this recipe was very easy.

    As Manjula described, it was deliciously sweet and sour. I ate it twice, once with bread and once with rice, it paired equally well with both.


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  6. Hi Manjula,
    Do we eat it with roti/parata or with rice? I am not sure whether it would go well with bread based or rice dishes.

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