Vazhakkai Podimas recipe
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Vazhakkai Podimas

Raw Plantain steamed, crumbled & cooked with mild spices served as a side dish to rice. Vegan , Gluten free & no onion - no garlic recipe.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time25 mins
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Indian, South Indian
Servings: 4
Author: Radhika


  • Vazhakkai or Plantain – 2
  • Mustard seeds – 1/2 tsp
  • Urad dal – 1 tsp
  • Whole dry red chilies – 2
  • Green chilies – 2
  • Turmeric powder – 1/2 tsp
  • Curry leaves – 1 sprig
  • Fresh grated coconut – 4 tbsp
  • Lemon juice – 1/2 tsp
  • Salt – to taste
  • Oil – 2 tsp


  • Place whole vazhakkai with the skin in a pressure cooker.
  • Add 1/2 cup water and pressure cook for 1 whistle. It would be parboiled by now.
  • Once it cools down, make a slit with a knife from top to bottom and open the the skin like you would open a book and peel away the skin of the vazhakkai.
  • Grate the parboiled vazhakkai using a big holed grater and keep it aside.
  • Heat a pan with oil. Add mustard seeds and once it splutter, add urad dal and roast till golden brown.
  • Add broken whole dry red chilies, finely chopped green chilies and sauté for a few seconds.
  • Add grated vazhakkai, turmeric powder, salt, curry leaves & grated coconut.
  • Mix well and close the pan with a lid and cook for 3-4 mins over low flame. Take off fire.
  • Add the lemon juice, once again mix well
  • Serve this vazhakkai podimas with hot rice as an accompaniment.