Wednesday, July 12, 2017

VAZHAKKAI PODIMAS

VAZHAKKAI PODIMAS

Today's dish is from the State of Tamilnadu. The main ingredient is raw banana ( called "Vazhakkai" in Tamil) which has many health benefits. I make dishes using this from time to time. Elsewhere in this blog, you will find recipes for Chettinad Vazhakkai Curry, Kele Koddel, and Swadisht Vegetable Rolls.

Some grate the cooked raw bananas when making this dish but I like the chunky taste of the pieces so prefer to chop them instead. If you wish, you can garnish the dish with fresh coconut gratings.

This easy to make mildly spiced side dish ( "podimas" in Tamil) goes well with rice and sambar.



Ingredients:
  • Raw Bananas, 2
  • Mustard Seeds, 1 tsp
  • Urad Dal, 1 tsp
  • Curry Leaves, a few
  • Onion, chopped, 1
  • Green Chillies, chopped, 3-4
  • Ginger, chopped, 1 tsp
  • Coriander Leaves, chopped, 1 tbsp
  • Lemon Juice- juice of 1/2 a lemon
  • Salt, to taste
  • Oil, 1 tbsp
Method:

Wash and pressure cook the raw bananas for 1 whistle. Allow it to cool
When they are cool enough to handle, peel the cooked raw bananas and cut them into cubes 
Heat oil in a kadhai and when it gets hot add mustard seeds. When they splutter add urad dal and curry leaves, and when the dal changes colour add the chopped onion, chopped green chillies, and chopped ginger 
Add salt to taste and fry till the onions turn a light pink
Now add the chopped raw banana pieces
Cook on medium flame for a couple of minutes 
Finally add chopped coriander leaves and squeeze the juice of half a lemon
Serve hot