Vazhakkai Podimas/ Raw Banana Curry/ Plantain Curry

Vazhaikkai Podimas is a tradition South Indian Dish. Its very easy to prepare and a very healthy recipe. It can be a good alternative to the usual Vazhaikkai/Plantain fry that we make. It tastes brilliant with hot steamed rice and Sambar/Rasam.

  • Cooking Time : 20 minutes
  • Serves: 2


  • Raw Bananas/Plantain – 5 small
  • 1 Cup Grated Coconut
  • 1 tsp Urad Dal
  • 1/4 tsp Chana Dal
  • 1 tsp Asafoetida
  • 1/2 tsp Mustard Seeds (For Tempering)
  • 1 or 2 Green Chillies
  • 1 Small piece Ginger (Chopped)
  • ½ Lemon
  • Few Curry Leaves
  • 2 tsp Oil
  • Salt to taste

How I made:

  • Cut the Raw Bananas into half and steam- cook it for about 3 minutes without putting the whistle on. (Pierce a knife into it to check if its cooked well)
  • Peel the skin and grate it. (The test for perfectly cooked banana is to check if you’re able to peel it easily).
  • Heat some oil in a pan.
  • Add mustard seeds and let it pop.
  • Add Urad dal and Chana dal. (Fry them till they turn golden brown)
  • Add Asafoetida, Ginger, Green chilies and curry leaves.
  • Add Salt.
  • Add the grated Banana and mix it thoroughly. Close it with a lid and cook  for 2 more minutes.
  • Remove the Lid and Add the grated coconut and mix everything well.
  • Let it cool for sometime.
  • Squeeze about half a lemon for a little tangy taste.
  • Enjoy the Vazhaikkai Podimas with Sambar and hot Steamed rice.



7 responses

  1. thanks…might try it some day….i was anyways trying to find some recipes but everytime got hooked with innumerable recipes on you-tube always leaving me confused about what to actually try….:-)

    1. Priyaa..Thank you so much for dropping by! Do let me know if it turns out well for you.

  2. Heeeeeeeey! I saw this now! Vaazhakkai is one of my favourites 🙂 Definitely trying 🙂 Never knew about your cooking header! Thanks for sharing!

    1. Hey Toffee – Do let me know how it comes :).. I actually cook a lot more than these but I suck at food photography so I have stopped posting recipes..

      1. Please post. Photography doesn’t matter. I mean, you can always learn it by clicking away, but until then please post recipes! 🙂

  3. At last got a nice and authentic vaazhakkai podimas recipe! Everywhere else onion is being used which is not quite authentic. Thank you very much Priya. I am trying right now!! 🙂

    1. Thanks Sowmya :)..

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