Vaazhakkai podimas

Plantain/vazhakkai is one of the common vegetable that is used in almost all Kerala recipes – Mulagootal, moorukoottaan,mezhukkuperatti,aviyal, etc., Vaazhakkai Podimas is a simple South Indian style stir fry with Raw bananas. It should be made with unripened bananas else its taste will be spoiled. It is slighlt different from the vazhakkai varuval/mezhukkuperatti and everyone likes it.


(Plantain)Vaazhakkai – 1

Turmeric powder – A pinch

Salt – As required

To grind

Curry leaves – few

Coriander – few

Coconut grated – 3 tbsp / few

Ginger – a small piece

Green chilli – 1

For Seasoning

Coconut oil – 2 tsp

Mustard – 1 tsp

Urad dhal – 1 tsp

  • First grind the coconut, curry leaves, ginger, green chilli, coriander and keep it aside.
  • 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.
  • 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 to enhance the taste and the flavour.
  • Its ready to serve.


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

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