BM #86 Week 3 Day 1 - 

This week I shall post some everyday thalis which make a common appearance on our dining table.  The thali in the picture has 
1. Potlakaya Perugu Pachadi / Raita
2. Semiya Payasam
3. Rice And Uppu Mirapakaya (Fried Mirchi)
4. Plantain Fry in Yogurt Sauce
5. Thotakoora Pulusu (same as Palak Pulusu but with Thotakoora/Tindal Bhaji)
6. Muddha Pappu / Tadka Dal
7. Green Tomato Pachadi
8. Yogurt

In the above meal, the Tadka dal complements the lack of dal in the Thotakoora Pulusu and is a classic combination in our families. The Snake Gourd(Potlakaya) Raita here is more like a sabji mixed in rice and is our family favorite. 

Here is the recipe for Plantain Fry in Yogurt Sauce. I referred Vahchef's recipe for this but instead of deep frying the plantains, I air fried them. I have made this so many times now due to popular demand at home. Make it to believe it.

Recipe Source here
Ingredients - 

Plantain / Aratikaya 2 nos
Rice flour 1/2 cup
Ginger-Garlic Paste 1 tsp
Salt and Red Chili Powder as needed
*Oil for Deep Frying 
Seasoning (Oil 1 Tbsp, Chana Dal 2 tsp, Urad Dal 1 tsp, Curry leaves few, Asafotida a pinch)
For the Yogurt Sauce - 
Yogurt, beaten 1 cup
Turmeric 1/4 tsp
Garlic and Green Chili, finely chopped as needed (I added only one of each)
Salt, Red Chili Powder as needed
Lemon Juice as needed

* I used an air fryer to 'fry' the rice flour coated plantain slices (another version of Aratikaya Bajji in other words). For an air fryer I used about 2 teaspoons of oil to make the bajjis.

Method Of Preparation -

Peel the plantain and slice into thick slices about 2 mm in thickness and soak in water until needed.
[Make sure to grease your palms before peeling to ensure a mess free cleanup].

In a mixing bowl, add rice flour, salt, red chili powder, ginger-garlic paste and make a thick paste adding as much water as needed.

Drain the plantain slices and dunk them in the paste making sure all the slices are coated with the rice flour paste.

[For the Air Fryer, I arranged them on a parchment paper, froze them for 3-4 hours or arrange on a foil inside the air fryer in a single layer.]

Deep fry the plantain slices and set aside on paper towels for the excess oil to drain. 

[Since I used the Air Fryer, I fried them for about 20 minutes, spraying oil as needed so that they don't dry out. They were light golden in color and crispy when I took them out.]

In a heated pan, add oil and prepare the seasoning. Add mustard seeds, chana dal, urad dal, curry leaves and asafotida. 

After the dals are golden brown, add in the garlic and green chili, turmeric, salt and red chili powder. Saute for a few seconds (and be ready to handle the spicy fumes :) ). 

Pour in the yogurt, give a quick stir and let it thicken for a couple minutes.

Reduce the heat and add the fried plantain slices into the yogurt sauce. Coat the sauce on all the slices and remove from heat.

Serve hot with rice and Dal for a spicy meal.


Preparation Time 30-40 minutes
Serves 3-4


  1. Priya Suresh Says:
  2. Wow what a fabulous weekend thali, every dish looks absolutely comforting and very tempting to the core. Especially that plantain fry sounds too good. Such a guilt free fries.

  3. The thali looks lovely Harini , but seriously I am carried away by the airfryer recipe . I love the idea of frying the plantain chips in a airfryer . Must try to make potato pakoras in the similar manner . Must say you are making the best use of airfryer .

  4. What an awesome spread .. Would love to try in.. And the Plaintain with yogurt sounds interesting.. Will try next time i buy raw banana!!

  5. Rujuta Says:
  6. Hi,
    The thali spread looks amazing and I have eaten plantain fry earlier though not prepared this way..
    Loved the healthier option of using air fryer instead of frying
    Thanks for recipe share
    Best Wishes

  7. Usha Says:
  8. At my maternal side of the family, pappu is compulsory with any kind of pulusu. This past Thanksgiving I was tempted to get an air fryer and held back as I was sure if I will put it to good use. You are tempting me to buy one. That is a mouthwatering weekend thali

  9. Srivalli Says:
  10. Such a fantastic and comforting thali you have there Harini, all the dishes sound so inviting..I love plantain fry and would love to make this way..very good one!

  11. Unknown Says:
  12. Omg thats a fabulous spread with some amazing mouthwatering dishes harini :) You have done a very gud job with the air fryer, they look perfectly browned. The yogurt sauce sounds so delicious .. Am drooling here :)

  13. Srividhya Says:
  14. That's a perfect weekend Thali. So comforting. I don't own an air fryer but I have heard a lot of good things about it and frying without oil, who would say no for that. You nailed it. :-)

  15. Jyoti Babel Says:
  16. A great choice of spread for weekend thali. Looks inviting and comforting

  17. Plantain fry coated in yogurt sauce, that is a very unique and interesting recipe. And I love that weekend special thali.

  18. Suma Gandlur Says:
  19. Lovely meal and I have a new recipe to try with plantain. :)

  20. Jayashree Says:
  21. The entire thali looks so good. I love making guilt free versions of regular dishes in the air fryer. Will try out plantain fry some time.

  22. Thali looks amazing harini, we too have an elaborate meal on weekends! This plantain pachadi looks delicious, looks like a lil work, but worth the efforts!!!

  23. Suja Ram Says:
  24. That Thali looks absolutely delectable Harini. Superb!

  25. what an interesting and unique recipe with plantain!

  26. Rujuta Says:
  27. hi
    such an interesting and lovely dish
    plantain fry and in air fryer is healthier option and looks great
    best wishes

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