February 11, 2010

Vazhakkai Podimas ~ Cooked and grated plantain stir fry

Vazhakkai /raw plantain is a regular vegetable at home. It is usually made into a thoran (stir fry seasoned with coconut and green chilly)or a mezhukuperatti ( a medley of veggies cooked and sauted in oil). Its after marriage, I was introduced to this podimas. I guess this is a tamil way of cooking. I learnt this from my MIL. According to MIL, the ponthan variety of vazhakkai is usually used for this and it gives the best results. And I have not tried with any other kind. May be other varieties might also give good results. The ponthan variety is generally used for making bajjis. Though the preparation of podimas is simple, the taste is marvellous. This is a favorite of my husband and I make it often. It goes very well with sambhar/ vethakozhambu or any tangy gravy.

You need

Vazhakkai/Raw plantain - 2 nos


To season

Oil - a tblspn

mustard seeds - 1 tspn

chana dal - 1 tblspn

red chilly- 1 nos

green chilly - 3 nos

curry leaves

hing - 1/2 tspn

To garnish

Grated coconut - 2 tblspn


Chop both the ends of the bananas. Cut them into two or three pieces depending on the size with the skin on. Cook them in enough water with salt in it. Its done when you can see cracks on the skin. Drain the water. Cool. Remove the skin. Grate the cooked bananas. Be gentle when u grate so that it doesn't turn mushy.

Matured bananas are used for this so that it retains shape when grated.

Heat a kadai with oil. Add mustard seeds. When seeds crackle, add chana dal, broken red chilly, slit green chillies, curry leaves and hing. slowly add the grated banana and give a gentle stir to mix everything. Check the salt and cook for a minute or two for the flavors to steep in. Garnish with grated coconut.

Some prefer to add turmeric to get a yellow color and also a tablespoon for lemon juice for a tangy taste.



  1. Yes podimas is tamilian way of cooking! Ur podimas is different than what I make ! Looks good!

  2. I usually just coarsely mash mine by hand and then follow the same method. This with some vathal koottan and curd rice, is heaven.

  3. i was looking for podimas recipe..thanks for posting..will make this when i buy vazhaikai next time.

  4. I luv podimas very much. how abt sending me some.

  5. Love the combination of Podimas and vatha kuzhambu, thinking itself mouthwatering...delicious podimas..

  6. hey, I have one in my draft!!, But, I made it differently, yours look very nice than mine, I like having it with rasam. lovely click

  7. Good one !
    Even I was introduced to this recipe post-mrg.
    I steam the vazhakkai in a steamer/idly cooker and grate them.

  8. I love the taste of Balekai, so yummy. Looks great Jaya.

  9. Simple and yummy podimas, great photo too.

  10. Looks yum Jayasree.I make a very similar Konkani version of this.The method is almost same but we add a ground coconut masala to the mashed vazhakka.Nice to see a different version:)

  11. Healthy and yummy... My all time fav!!! Looks very comforting!!!!


  12. Looks yummy .Goes well with rice.


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