Plantain Podimas / Vaazhakkai Podimas

Plantain Podimas /Vaazhakkai Podimas is a simple and healthy recipe that is made with plantain or raw banana. It is an accompaniment for rice, sambar and rasam and are also packed with nutrients. We can make plain curry in so many ways. But vazhakkai podimas or Plantain podimas is different from the vazhakkai varuval/mezhukkuperatti and everyone likes it. Many Kerala recipes like Molagootal, mor kootan, mezhukkuperatti, aviyal, etc., use plantain in them.

We can cook the raw banana to make Vazhakkai podimas in two ways. One is we can cut it into half and then pressure cook it in high flame for one or two whistle or we can cut it into half and boil it in water. We can follow any method but make sure that the raw banana or plaintain is not over cooked.

Please check my other South Indian stir fry – Urulaikizhangu podimas, Beans nei thuvattal, Idichakkai upperi, Seppankizhangu roast.

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Plantain Podimas / Vazhakkai podimas

Niranjana Sankaranarayanan
 Plantain Podimas /Vaazhakkai Podimas is a simple and healthy recipe that is made with plantain or raw banana. It is an accompaniment for rice, sambar and rasam and are also packed with nutrients. It should be made with unripened bananas else its taste will be spoiled. We can make plain curry in so many ways. But vazhakkai podimas or Plantain podimas is different from the vazhakkai varuval/mezhukkuperatti and everyone likes it. Plantain is one of the common vegetable that is used in almost all Kerala recipes - Molagootal, mor kootan, mezhukkuperatti, aviyal, etc., We can cook the raw banana to make Vazhakkai podimas in two ways. One is we can cut it into half and then pressure cook it in high flame for one or two whistle or we can cut it into half and boil it in water. We can follow any method but make sure that the raw banana or plaintain is not over cooked. Please check my other South Indian stir fry - Urulaikizhangu podimas, Beans nei thuvattal, Idichakkai upperi, Seppankizhangu roast.
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 40 mins
Course Dry sabzi, Poriyal
Cuisine Indian, South Indian
Servings 4

Equipment

  • Pan

Ingredients
  

  • 1 no Plantain / Vaazhakkai
  • A pinch Turmeric powder
  • As required Salt

To grind

  • few Curry leaves
  • few Coriander
  • 3 tbsp Coconut grated few
  • a small piece Ginger
  • 1 no Green chilli

For Seasoning

  • 2 tsp Coconut oil
  • 1 tsp Mustard
  • 1 tsp Urad dhal

Instructions
 

  • Cut the plantain into half and pressure cook it for two whistles. It should not be mushy. We can also open cook the plantain by boiling it in water.
  • Now remove the skin of the plantain and grate it slowly.
  • Then grind the coconut, curry leaves, ginger, green chilli, coriander and keep it aside. We can also skip coriander while grinding and add it at the end.
  • In a kadai add coconut oil and sputter mustard seeds. Then add urad dhal and fry them till they become golden brown.
  • Now add the ground coconut mixture, turmeric powder, salt, saute them for less than a minute.
  • Finally add the grated plantain. Mix it gently so that it ll not become mushy.
  • Mix everything together and add 1 tsp coconut oil at the end in order to enhance the taste and the flavour.
  • The tasty and flavourful Plantain podimas or Vazhakkai podimas is ready to serve.

Video

Notes

 You can add 1/2 tsp lemon juice at the end.
Keyword Chakka kotta podimas, Plantain podimas, Vazhakkai podimas

INSTRUCTIONS

  • Cut the plantain into half and pressure cook it for two whistles. It should not be mushy. We can also open cook the plantain by boiling it in water.

Vazhakkai podimas_cooked plantain

  • Now remove the skin of the plantain and grate it slowly.
  • Then grind the coconut, curry leaves, ginger, green chilli, coriander and keep it aside. We can also skip coriander while grinding and add it at the end.
  • In a kadai add coconut oil and sputter mustard seeds. Then add urad dhal and fry them till they become golden brown.
  • Now add the ground coconut mixture, turmeric powder, salt, saute them for less than a minute.
  • Finally add the grated plantain. Mix it gently so that it ll not become mushy.
  • Mix everything together and add 1 tsp coconut oil at the end in order to enhance the taste and the flavour.
  • The tasty and flavourful Plantain podimas or Vazhakkai podimas is ready to serve.

Vazhakkai podimas_final pic

Note: You can add 1/2 tsp lemon juice at the end.

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