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Monday, July 23, 2012

Vazhakkai Podimas Recipe-Raw Banana Podimas

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.

Vazhakkai Podimas

Valakkai Podimas-Raw Banana/Plantian Podimas

Valakkai Podimas-Raw Banana/Plantian Podimas

 Prep Time : 10 mins
 Cook Time : 10 mins 
 Recipe CategorySide Dish-Raw Banana
 Recipe CuisineSouth Indian

   Ingredients needed

   Raw Banana/plantian - 2
   Onion - 1 (optional)
   Grated coconut -1/4 cup
   Juice of a small lemon
   Salt as required

   For the seasoning

   Coconut Oil - 3 tsp
   Mustard seeds - 1 tsp
   Bengal gram dal (kadalai paruppu) - 3/4 tsp
   Urad dal - 1 tsp
   Red chillies -3 (break it into 2 pieces)
   Green chillies - 2 finely chopped
   Ginger - 1 inch piece peeled and finely chopped
   Curry leaves - a sprig

   For Garnishing

   Coriander leaves - 2 tbsp finely chopped

Raw Banana-Vazhakkai


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).

How to make vazhakkai podimas

Picture shows cooked banana with the skin - cooked banana after peeling the skin


Keep all the ingredients ready.

how to make raw banana podimas

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.

raw banana podimas

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.

Vazhakkai Podimas Recipe

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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  1. simple and quick to prepare.. neat presentation..

  2. simple and delicious podimas.. love to have with sambar rice...

  3. Seems good and of course healthy version...

  4. Love this, it's been a while that I've had this..

  5. I do in similar way and its my hubbies favorite....So make it very often....tastes delicious :)

  6. love the new looks of ur blog...vazhakkai is my fav veggie..looks tempting.

  7. Dear Padhu

    Well. I am glad to go through your recipe and the images. The narration and index are very good. I have prepared the podimas by adding little more ingredients like Turmeric and images as the cooking was in progress. I shall appreciate any suggestions for improvement. With regards Rangarajan Bangalore 26072013 05:30 pm

  8. Hi Padhu, I've tried many of your recipes with tremendous success. Your instructions and pictures are easy to understand (especially for a newbie like me)! Thanks so much for sharing.

  9. How many minutes with a 850watt micowave ?

  10. Instead of grating my mom used to skin the plaintain , cut in to small cubes and then adopt the process u mention.

  11. Thank you so much for the recipe. This is the first time I am making Podimas. And it has turned out so YUM. Wish I can post a pic.


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