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Vazhakkai Podimas | Plantain Curry

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Raw banana or vazhaikkai is used in south indian cooking in many ways. Last week one day was ammavasai or no moon day. Vazhaikkai is a must dish during this day. There are various ways to cook this dish and podimas is a simple and healthy recipe prepared with vazhaikkai. It consumes very less oil and using microwave is a much quick and easy way to prepare this dish.

Vazhakkai Podimas
Recipe Cuisine : Indian | Yields :5 people
Preparation Time : 10 mins | Cooking Time : 10 mins
Gas : Low Flame

Recipe by : Mrs.Brema Ramachandran

Raw Banana/Plantain -2
Turmeric powder – ½ tsp
Hing – Generous pinch
Lemon – 1/2
Salt to taste
Coconut – 75 mg

To temper
Oil – 1 tsp
Musturd – 1.5 tsp
Urad Dhal – 1.5 tsp
Channa dhal – 1.5 tsp
Green chili – 1
Ginger – 1 inch
Curry Leaves –few

Coriander - few

1 tsp = 5ml
1 tblsp – 15 ml
1 cup = 200 ml

1.       Chop the head of raw banana. Microwave the raw banana for 4-5 mins. It might slightly give a burst sound , it means that it is just opening up.

2.       Take out and leave it aside to cool. Remove the skin and grate.

3.       Mix turmeric, hing powder and salt.

4.       Take a pan add items given in “To temper” table in the order given.

5.       Once cooked, add the grated raw banana and mix it well.

6.       Switch off the gas and add coconut and squeeze lemon.

7.       You may garnish with coriander at the end.

Vazhakkai podimas is ready.

  • Raw banana can be boiled in water instead of microwave.
  • Gas must be switched off before putting coconut for better taste.

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