Vazhaikkai Podi-Raw Banana Podi is dry side dish prepared with raw banana and spices. It is not very common, in fact many do not know about this dish at all. I do make this when I have leftover raw bananas/raw plantain. This is very tasty, when had with hot rice and ghee. Make any vegetable kootu to pair with it and your lunch is ready in a jiffy. These dishes take mere minutes to prepare. Today we will learn how to make raw banana podi following this easy recipe.
Bring water to boil. Cut raw banana into 2-3 pieces with skin and add to the boiling water. Add little salt and turmeric powder and cook on medium heat until banana gets tender. You can also pressure cook for 1 whistle. Once it is cooked, turn off heat and keep it covered. Let it cool.
Heat a tsp of oil, roast bengal gram dal/kadalai paruppu, coriander seeds, tur dal and red chillies until dal turns golden brown. Once it cools, powder it coarsely.
Peel the skin of the cooked raw banana and mash it with your fingers, when it is warm.
Heat a tsp of ghee, add mustard seeds, when it splutters, add urad dal, hing and curry leaves. When dal turns golden brown, pour the seasoning on the mashed raw banana.
Add the prepared spice powder, salt needed and mix everything well.
Mix hot steaming rice with needed raw banana podi, top it with a tsp of ghee and enjoy.
As this vazhaikkai podi is a bit dry, pair it with some vegetable kootu. It goes well with any kootu.
Shelf life and storage – Store it in the refrigerator. It keeps well for 2 days.
Our lunch that day was
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