Jan 17, 2011

Vazhakai /Plantain podimas

       Podimas in tamil refers to  kind of powdered or mashed vegetable. Podimas made of potatoes is quite popular where the potatoes are mashed and then seasoned while some make it with plantains too. The plantains are cooked, grated and seasoned with appropriate spices to give it a spicy taste. And a dash of lemon juice in the end gives a nice tangy taste to it. I have had the podimas quite a few times when my mom made it and I tried it for the first time yesterday along with some rice and sambar. It was a delicious combination and we had a simple but delicious lunch. I think this is going to be a regular thing whenever I buy plantains.
vazhakai podimas
Plantain/vazhakai- 2
freshly grated coconut- 1/2 cup
Onion-1 chopped fine(optional)
Coconut oil- 2-3tsp
Mustard seeds-1tsp
Split udid dal- 1tsp
Chana dal- 1tsp
Salt to taste
Curry leaves- few
Chopped green chillies- 2
Lemon juice- 2tsp

  Cut the plantains in 2 halves. Boil them in water with the skin for 5 to 6 minutes. Now allow it to cool. Peel the skin off. Grate the plantains.
   Now heat oil in a pan. Add mustard seeds, udid dal and channa dal . After it crackles, add the curry  leaves and chopped green chillies. Add the onion and saute till it turns brown. Now add the grated plantain along with salt and saute for around 4-5 minutes. Take care that it does not burn. Add the grated coconut and saute for another 2-3 minutes. remove from flame. Squeeze some lemon juice and mix well.
    Enjoy this side dish with rice and sambar.
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