Sunday, March 11, 2012

Vazhakai Podimas - Raw Banana Curry

I am not fond of this veggie at all.  But whenever I look the other way, two bananas mysteriously :-) appear in the shopping cart.  And so I keep thinking of different ways of making it.  I have made Podimas before, but in  different manner and it was just about edible.  And when I saw this recipe at Jeyashri's Kitchen I thought I should try it.  I made it with just one variation.

Raw Green Banana - 2 nos
Coconut - 2- 3 tbsp
Red chilies - 3 nos
Tuvar dal (Red gram dal) - 2 tbsp
Oil for seasoning
Urad (Black gram dal) - 1 tsp
Mustard seeds - 1 tsp
Asafoetida - generous pinch
Curry leaves - few
Salt to taste.

Cut the banana into four pieces.  Cook in pressure cooker with skin on in a container with a little water
Peel.  Chop into small pieces.  Or grate as in Jeyashri's version.

Roast in a little oil the tuvar dal and the red chilies.
Grind to a powder along with the coconut.

Take a wok.  Heat oil.
Add mustard allow to splutter
Then the curry leaves and the urad dal and asafoedtida.
When the dal is just beginning to brown add the chopped banana
Sauté a while and then add the ground powder.
Keep till it gets together and just gets a slight crisp brown exterior ( optional)

Good accompaniment for rice and hot rasam.


  1. You are right. This will be perfect with rice & rasam!!! Loved this healthy way of cooking :) Looks really tasty!!

  2. interesting........looking just great..nice cliks..........

  3. Oh Lord! how I love this curry. Its been a while since I tasted it. WIll get some vazhakai next time I go to the Indian store.

  4. Curry looks awesome with the freshly ground masala..

  5. very delicious podimas, liked ur version..

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  6. It looks yummy and spicy...just right with rice and dal :-)

  7. curry must be delicious, nice picture

  8. How can you not like banana? Especially since you made the yummiest podimas just with coconut. That's why I love this veggie. And the fry??? Delicious!

    I guess there are things I am still learning about my ma!

  9. Thanks for trying out. Came out nice. Hope u all enjoyed


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