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Air Fried Vazhakkai Nuggets – Raw Banana / Plantain Nuggets

  • Author: Suguna Vinodh
  • Prep Time: 20m
  • Cook Time: 20m
  • Total Time: 40m
  • Yield: 40 small nuggets 1x


Recipe for Vazhakkai Nuggets – Raw Banana / Plantain Nuggets made with boiled and grated plantains, veggies and spices. They are air fried and makes for a very healthy snack. They are fantastic as starters for a party. Recipe with step by step pictures and video.



Boiling veggies for Nuggets

2 raw banana / plantain
3 medium sized potatoes
1 cup water

Other Ingredients

1 tablespoon Indian sesame oil
1 teaspoon fennel seeds
1 sprig curry leaves, finely chopped
4 cloves garlic, finely chopped
1 cup onions, finely chopped
2 green chillies, finely chopped
1 teaspoon red chilli flakes
1/2 teaspoon turmeric powder
2 tomatoes, finely chopped
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon sugar
1 teaspoon kitchen king masala
1/4 teaspoon black pepper powder
1/4 cup fresh shredded coconut
1/4 cup mint leaves, chopped
1 teaspoon ginger, minced
1 tablespoon lime juice


Halve the potatoes and raw bananas. Add it to a Pressure cooker. Pressure cook for 5 minutes / 4 whistles. Let the pressure settle. Open the cooker and set aside. Peel the skin of the vazhakkai and potatoes. Grate them. Set aside.

Heat oil in a pan and add in the fennel seeds, curry leaves and finely chopped garlic. Sauté for a minute. Add in the onions and sauté till the onions are soft. Add in the finely chopped green chillies and red chilli flakes. Add in the turmeric powder and sauté for a minute. Add in the tomatoes. Add in the salt and the sugar. Sauté till the tomatoes are soft and mushy. Add in the Kitchen King Masala (I like this brand and use it in my cooking). Add in the black pepper powder and cook for a few seconds.

Remove the pan from heat and add the mixture to the grated veggies. Add in the coconut, ginger, mint leaves and lime juice. Mix well to combine.

Wet your hands in water and form nuggets. Wet hands will not stick to the dough. At any point if the dough is becoming sticky, wash your hands and start again. You will be able to shape the nuggets well and it will hold on to its shape.

Air fry the nuggets at 200 Celsius / 400 Fahrenheit for 15 minutes. Serve them hot!!!

Keywords: vazhakkai nuggets