Green Plantains Bhaji

12 Sep

Wondering what the word “Bhaji” (Baja-gi) in Green Plantain Bhaji means. Well I was trying to link it to Wikipedia so it would be easier but the Bhaji that was described was totally different then I expected. It was what we call Bhajia, which are deep fired fritter made with garbanzo bean flour, onions, spices, baking soda and chopped cilantro. So I would not be wrong in saying that it is a common slang in Goa and some parts of Indian that “Bhaji” (mind you J is not pronounced as H in Indian) means cooked vegetables.


Green Plantain Recipe

Green Plantains is not a typical Goan dish but is cooked quite a bit in the north part of Goa and since I grew up in the south it was not common. I got introduced to plantains by my husband as his mum is from the state of Kerala where plantains are consumed the most.

Kerala is a coastal state just like Goa and is down south. On a side note, it is believed that St Thomas landed in Kerala and just like Goa has a huge Christian population which is mostly made of Orthodox Christians and you wont believe… a very tiny percent of Jews who still have a synagogue in Kochi. Apart from the Portuguese who landed first in Kerala then followed by the Dutch and English. It also has the highest Literacy Rate in India.

When I cooked the Green Plantains, I realized that they are a good substitute for potatoes. It does not have a lot of flavor and is very dry and waxy to taste. Also since it has more resistant starches, it makes for a lower GI food. You can check the following article.

Serving Size: 6-8



  • 4 green plantains
  • 1 medium diced onions
  • 1 cup grated  coconut
  • 1 tbsp of xacuti masala
  • 1/4 tsp of  whole black mustard seeds
  • 3 whole red chilli
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 12-15 curry leaves
  • Salt to taste
  • Oil



  • Steam the 4 green plantains on medium heat for 25 minutes. Let cool, then skin it and dice the plantains.
  • Heat  oil in a pan. Add the mustard seeds, red chillies and half the curry leaves. Be careful as the mustard seeds tend to splatter, cover the pan for 30 seconds till the popping sound is over.
  • Next add the xacuti masala and saute for 1 minute. To this add the water and salt to taste, cook covered for 2-3 minutes on medium heat.
  • Add the chopped plantains, mix well and check for seasoning. Again cover and cook for 5 minutes.
  • Next add the grated coconut, curry leaves and stir. Cook covered for another 3-5 minutes till done.

Green Plantain Bhaji with Rice and Guisado de Peixe

Serve this Green Plantain Bhaji as a savory side with rice or bread. It is vegetarian and vegan friendly. Not a fan of Green Plantains then try out my Green Beans Recipe.


38 Responses to “Green Plantains Bhaji”

  1. toopretty12 September 12, 2014 at 6:23 pm #

    Reblogged this on The Pretty Canary.

    • Nandini September 12, 2014 at 8:15 pm #

      Thank you very much, that was really kind of you 🙂

      • toopretty12 September 14, 2014 at 6:07 pm #

        I love Cooking with them as well my family is West Indian !

  2. Poem and Dish September 12, 2014 at 8:51 pm #

    Looks good 🙂

  3. bluetingeddreams September 12, 2014 at 10:23 pm #

    This looks really delicious! I also really enjoyed learning a little bit about Kerala.

    • Nandini September 13, 2014 at 8:02 am #

      Thank You! I am happy you got to learn something new 🙂

  4. snowfox66 September 13, 2014 at 12:07 am #

    I would eat it if I could get past the bananas (Plantains). 😛
    It still looks great though. 🙂

    • Nandini September 13, 2014 at 8:13 am #

      I can understand…It wasn’t my thing either for the longest time 🙂

  5. Real Living NZ September 13, 2014 at 1:51 am #

    Thanks for the this recipe, I have some plantains I need to cook and needed some inspiration 🙂

    • Nandini September 13, 2014 at 8:14 am #

      That is so good to know Candace, I hope you do give it a try 🙂

  6. Renate Flynn September 13, 2014 at 8:59 am #

    Omigosh, that looks SO good! Can’t wait to try your recipes!

    • Nandini September 13, 2014 at 9:30 am #

      Thanks Renate…I hope you do try it :-).

  7. nulifelivity September 14, 2014 at 12:38 am #

    I love to use green bananas in my soup. My husband is from Jamaica and they eat green bananas with Ackee and Salt fish. And with Breadfruit and pork. That is where I first learned about green bananas. There are so many different ways to use it, but your way I have never tried. I’m going to try your recipe it looks like it will be very tasty!

    • Nandini September 14, 2014 at 10:57 am #

      That is awesome to know. I miss breadfruit. My mom would pan fry them for us for Sunday’s lunch. It was my first time trying to cook with them. It tasted great 🙂

  8. Grace September 14, 2014 at 2:49 pm #

    Thanks for stopping by my blog!

    • Nandini September 15, 2014 at 12:03 pm #

      You are so welcome Grace 🙂

  9. Sue September 15, 2014 at 5:08 am #

    Nandini, you have no idea how helpful this is, as my husband’s favorite fruits are banana and plantain and we always have green plantains hanging around for days until they ripen!!! Delicious and original dish here!

    • Nandini September 15, 2014 at 12:00 pm #

      Sue, Thank You so much and I am happy you liked my recipe. I hope it gets your seal of approval when you make it 🙂

  10. Traditionally Modern Food September 15, 2014 at 12:22 pm #

    Yum yum curry-)

    • Nandini September 15, 2014 at 1:02 pm #

      Thanks Vidya 🙂

  11. Antonio Caggiano September 17, 2014 at 7:42 am #

    Hello my friend:) Always deliscious food on your blog 🙂 How have you been.

    • Nandini September 17, 2014 at 11:07 am #

      Doing good…hope things are well with you as well 🙂

  12. curlsnchard September 17, 2014 at 1:05 pm #

    This dish sounds delicious – I love plantains in all forms – be it green and used like potatoes, or ripe ones for delicious desserts!

    • Nandini September 17, 2014 at 6:01 pm #

      Thanks Kat! That is so good to know. Green bananas is a new thing for me but for my husband he loves bananas both green and yellow 🙂

  13. YourTablecloth September 18, 2014 at 9:58 am #

    I have always wondered what people do with plantains. Now I know and it sure looks good!

    • Nandini September 18, 2014 at 1:44 pm #

      Thanks! and I am happy you got to know something new 🙂

  14. 50djohnson September 18, 2014 at 10:20 am #

    Nandini, I love your blog and I have nominated you for the Leibster award.Should you choose to participate, there are some guidleines on my blog at debbiesjourneytohealthandhope Good luck.

    • Nandini September 18, 2014 at 1:45 pm #

      Debbie, Thank You so much for the award. That was so kind of you to think of me 🙂

  15. Rhonda Sittig September 18, 2014 at 5:21 pm #

    Beautifully prepared… I’m just starting dinner here in California and I wish I had the ingredients on hand to make these plantains!!

    • Nandini September 19, 2014 at 11:14 am #

      Thank you Rhonda and its good to know you too are in Cali 🙂

  16. mudpilewood September 19, 2014 at 3:53 am #

    Looks amazing but I am ashamed to say I have never eaten Plantain, will keep an eye out for it in the fruit and veg shops.

    • Nandini September 19, 2014 at 11:17 am #

      I hope you do try them someday. It’s a cross between potatoes and tapioca if I may say so 🙂

      • mudpilewood September 19, 2014 at 12:15 pm #

        Hmmm we love potatoes in this house. We grow our own and can’t wait to begin to dig them up. Tapioca, is a different story the house is divided on that but we will try Plantain asap
        Thank you

  17. Good Food Everyday October 16, 2014 at 10:28 pm #

    Amazing mouth watering dishes, although I spent a lot of time in India, never been to Goa and your food alone makes it a trip well worth while 🙂

    • Nandini October 17, 2014 at 8:22 pm #

      Awww…. Thank you Lea! You have to visit Goa on your next trip to India 🙂

  18. swabby429 October 3, 2016 at 4:46 pm #

    I finally got around to preparing this. It’s really amazing.

    • Nandini October 4, 2016 at 12:21 pm #

      Thank You so much for your feedback. I am so happy to hear that 🙂

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