Valakkai Podimas or Plantian podimas is a very simple and healthy recipe prepared with raw bananas. Instead of always preparing Vazhakkai curry or roast, you can try this simple recipe for a change as it does not require much oil or ingredients and can be prepared very quickly. It also tastes very delicious as a side dish with rasam and sambar rice.
Pressure cook plantain for just 1 whistle with the skin. Alternatively you can cook in a pot of water but will take a longer time. The plantain should be soft but not mushy (so see to it that you do not overcook the plantain).
After it cools, peel off the skin and grate it. (use grater with big holes).
Picture shows cooked banana with the skin - cooked banana after peeling the skin
Keep all the ingredients ready.
Heat oil, add mustard seeds, when it splutters, add bengal gram dal (chana dal), urad dal, red chillies, curry leaves and saute for a few minutes until dal turns golden brown.
Then add finely chopped onions (if using), green chillies, ginger, salt needed and saute till onions turn transparent.
Add the grated plantain, mix well and cook on low heat for 2 minutes. Check for salt.
Now add the grated coconut, mix well and switch off the flame.
Squeeze juice of 1 small lemon and mix well. Garnish with coriander leaves and serve as a side dish for rasam sadam or sambar sadam.
Note - You can make this without onions also. Using coconut oil gives a nice flavor but not necessary.
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