Thursday, January 10, 2013

Vazhakkai Podimas




Raw banana, pumpkin, ash gourd and yam are few vegetables which are almost always present in my refrigerator. Without these I feel at loss when cooking my day to day meals. Invariably atleast one, or a combination of these veggies are used almost every day in our house. Be it in Molagootal, Moru Kootan, Avial, Olan or Mezhukuperatti.

We generally prepare mezhukuperatti with raw bananas or sometimes this spicy raw banana curry. Podimas is not a frequent affair in my household; I really can’t pinpoint the reason for it. So whenever it is made, there are no leftovers, it just disappears.
Here is my version:

What you’ll need
  1. Vazhakkai/Raw Banana – 2 Medium
  2. Fresh Scraped Coconut – ¼ to ½ cup
  3. Green Chilly – 1 or 2
  4. Ginger – a small piece
  5. Turmeric Powder – ¼ tsp
  6. Salt to taste

For Seasoning
  1. Mustard Seeds – ½ tsp
  2. Broken Urad Dal – 1 tsp
  3. Curry Leaves – 6 to 7 torn
  4. Oil – 1 tbsp



Method
  1. Cut the raw bananas into 2 or 3 big pieces with the skin.
  2. In a deep vessel add enough water and boil the plantain pieces with turmeric powder till just done.
  3. Do not overcook then the whole podimas will become mushy. Cook until the peel comes of easily.
  4. Cool and remove the skin and grate.
  5. Heat a Kadai with oil, add mustard seeds once it starts spluttering add urad dal. Fry till it starts turning golden. Next add curry leaves and the grated plantains.
  6. Add salt to taste and mix well.
  7. Let this fry on low heat for 7 to 8 minutes. Stir once in a while.
  8. Crush the coconut, green chilly and ginger into a coarse paste without adding water.
  9. Add this to the plantains mix well. Remove from heat.
  10. Serve hot with a plain rice and Sambar or Rasam.



Note:

Usually juice of about half a lemon is added at the end, as I don’t like it I don’t add it. You may add if you like a tangy taste.

30 comments:

anusha praveen said...

Its raining Vazhaikai in the blogosphere.. this is an ideal curry to eat with rasam and rice Kaveri.. swell pics you got there!

Ruchi Indu said...

Nice snaps!!! I love vazhakkai podimas but unfortunately H doesn't favour this. So it is a low affair in our home...

Faseela Noushad said...

lovely podimas....yum

Priya said...

Seriously i want that bowl full of podimas,my all time favourite.

Ramya Krishnamurthy said...

healthy one.i like podimas more than fry.

Ramya Krishnamurthy said...

healthy one.i like podimas more than fry.

Sanoli Ghosh said...

Very new to me...yummy and healthy.

PT said...

healthy n delicious podimas..

Sona S said...

Delicious and healthy podimas.

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Rajani said...

Wow, you won't believe this - my hubby starts his vegetable shopping with 'elavan, mathan, chenai, vazhakkai'!!!- all shopping to help his mom, that is, (not me) in case you thought so.... ;-)
Podimas is a great dish. Nice clicks too.

Biny's Recipes said...

hey we make this often and i knoow its really yum yum

Sangeetha Priya said...

Healthy n yummy sppicy podimas!!!

divya said...

Delicious n healthy dish !! Drooling clicks!!

Hema said...

Love this, nicely done Kaveri, reminds me that I haven't done this in a long time..

Sangeetha said...

love this podimas with rice n rasam...yummy yumm! inviting pics Kaveri!

Anu said...

Lovely dish with plantains Kaveri

Suja Manoj said...

Healthy and delicious podimas,yum side dish

Mélange said...

I always love such dry preparations Kaveri..to have with rice and some curry..Absolutely yummy.

Maha Gadde said...

nice cliks.Very new to me...yummy and healthy.

Julie said...

Delicious podimas,comfort side dish:)
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Nandini M said...

Great side dish for lunch! Healthy!

Swathi Iyer said...

Vazhakkai podimas looks delicious,my grandma used to make it.

Nagashree said...

I posted a raw banana curry around the same time :-), mine is very different though. I have not had your variation, looks wonderful, will try next time I get the raw bananas.

Shekar Raghavan said...

Good recipe. Agree with you on the lemon juice. I dont favour it for vazhakkai, but it goes well with urulakkizhangu podimas!

Jeyashrisuresh said...

Even my mom makes it in the same way. Love the podimas and it has been a very long time since i made this

Reshmi Mahesh said...

Podimas look so yummy...Love them..

Anu said...

I tired this recipe and came out well. I didn't add the lemon juice, But after tasting it , I felt I may like it more with lemon juice, because I like the combination of lemon juice and ginger

Kaveri Venkatesh said...

Thanks for trying Anu.

Poornima Arun said...

bookmarking this recipe

usha anandvenkatesh said...

Hi Kaveri,
This is Usha from chennai. My husband is an orthodox palakkad iyer. He has a weakness for palakkad samayal. I came across your site and informed him.I tried your vazakkai podimas today and it turned out very well., My husband relished your dish. thanks a million. Iam grateful to you. Will try your dishes one by one and keep you posted. Once again thanks.

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