Vaazhakkai Podimas (Plantain Podimas)

  • Steam cook Plantain (raw babana / vaazhakkai / valakkai) for 15 min with jacket on
  • Remove the jacket and grate or mash it
  • In a hot pan, add 1 Tbsp oil and season with mustard seeds, urad dhal, chana dhal, curry leaves
  • Add 1 green chilly slit into 2 halves, 1/4 medium size onion chopped and saute until onions turn transparent
  • Add salt per taste and 1/4sp turmeric powder
  • Add the grated banana and fry for 2 mins
  • Garnish with cilantro and serve hot
  • It goes well with curd / rasam /sambar


  1. Hi, please explain "steam cook" in layman terms ;)
    Will microwave do the trick?

  2. Ok.. let us see.. take the idli vessel (hope you have one), fill it with water. CLose the lid and bring the water to a boil. When steam starts to escape, open the vessel and put the idly plate inside. Load the plate with the whole plaintain (with the peel). Close the lid and let the stove on for about 7 or 8 mins. Now turn off the stove and take the 'steamed' plaintain off.

    Microwave will dry out the vege. If you can buy a microwave steamer though, it can be used. Yet the idly vessel method is the one I would recommend.

    Steam cooking is basically letting the veges cook in steam. (wow! what a definition!) If you dont have a idly vessel, You can also use some heavy bottom vessel, fill it with 2 cups of water. Close the vessel and heat the water till steam forms. place a cup upside down inside the vessel. Place a smaller plate on top of the cup and place the veges. Close again and 'steam cook' the veges.

  3. Wow!! that's one gud explanation! If it wasn't for this I would have immersed the plantain in water and cooked. ;) Asking too many questions helped :D
    I will follow the alternate way as I do not have idly vessel. Cant thank u enough! I dedicate the dishes I cook, to you (but will eat it all by myself ROFL!!!)

  4. Can't thank you enough! Oh by the way, whether that thanks is
    1)for you dedicating the dishes to me
    2) or for eating it all by urself.. ??
    ..well I shall leave it to your imagination. HAHAH!

  5. Haha!! Thankful for the dishes I eat:) but dedication is the only way(actually easy :D) to express my gratitude

  6. I like your valakkai curry method,next time i will try that recipe.


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