Monday, October 1, 2007

Vazhaikai (Raw Banana) Podimaas

I made this for Ahaar...... but this is a late entry...... did not realise that I had to post it in september in my blog....

To make this I generally use the green bananas, not the plaintain variety which you would use in India. When my mom used to visit me in the US, she always used this instead of the plaintain. She would say that the the plaintains you get here are very dry. So here goes....

You need, About 6 Raw green Bananas

1 handful of coconut grated
1 tsp urad dal
1/2 tsp mustard seeds

a pinch of asafoetida

2 Whole red chillies

3 green chillies chopped
1/2 inch piece of ginger chopped
some curry leaves

some coriander

1 to 2 tsp salt

and oil about 2 to 3 tsps

Take a pan and add water to it. You are going to add all the bananas (cut in half) to this, so make sure it will hold al of them. Let the water boil, then add the bananas, with both top and bottom cut off and cut in half, and let it be in the boiling water for about 10 mins.

You have to make sure the bananas are raw otherwise they may get mushy and don't taste as food.

After this process, drain all water and peel the skin, and grate the bananas

In a pan, add oil, and mustard, and once mustard starts sputtering, add the urad dal, asafoetida, red chillies and green chillies, ginger and saute it, while keeping the fire at a low flame. once the urad dal starts to get red in color, add the cocnut and then the grated bananas and add salt as needed.

and garnish with curry leaves and corainder.

This goes really well with Vatha Kuzhambu or Mor Kuzhambu or even Sambar......

Variations... You may use, boiled and mashed potatoes if you wish and call it Potato Podimass...


Rajitha said...

you are right! i always thought they were a lil dry here..but felt i was making a mistake!! thnks for the tip..i will do the same :)

bee said...

a good way to cut the dryness would be to use half plantains and half potatoes, methinks. thanks for teh recipe.

mb said...

looks delicious, and you're not late for JFI:Banana :) - Mandira