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May 24, 2018

Vazhakkai Podimas Recipe – Raw Banana Podimas

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Raw banana podimas
Vazhakkai podimas/ Raw banana podimas/ Plantain podimas is a simple and interesting side dish for rice. In my house, we make podimas with potato usually. This time, I prepared podimas recipe with vazhakkai just for a change. We call it as Valakkai puttu. Both mom and MIL follow the same recipe. The key to make perfect raw banana podimas lies in the cooking of plantain. 

Every time I used to cook the plantain in a closed kadai or in an idli steamer but it takes more time to cook. So this time, I pressure cooked the raw banana with skin for just one whistle in high flame. It was cooked perfectly. Addition of more coconut is the second important point to make tasty podimas. I have discussed all these points in detail below. 

Friends, do check out this post and try this easy, yummy vazhakkai podimas at home. You can have this as a side dish for sambar rice, vatha kuzhambu rice and even with some spicy rasam rice. Ok, Lets see how to make Tamil nadu special side dish raw banana podimas/ vazhakkai puttu with step by step pictures.

Vazhakkai podimas recipe

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Raw banana podimas / Vazhakkai Podimas recipe

Raw banana podimas / Vazhakkai Podimas recipe

South Indian special, Tamil nadu style Vazhakkai podimas / Raw banana podimas for rice.

Cuisine: South Indian
Category: Poriyal Recipes
Serves: 3
Prep time: 5 Minutes
Cook time: 20 Minutes
Total time: 25 Minutes


1 cup = 250ml
  • Raw Banana - 1 no ( Big sized)
  • Big onion - 1 no ( finely chopped)
  • Green chilli - 2 nos
  • Curry leaves - Few
  • Ginger - 1/2 inch piece (chopped finely)
  • Turmeric powder – 1/4 tsp
  • Grated coconut - 1/4 cup
  • Salt & Water – as needed
To Temper
  • Coconut oil - 1 tbsp
  • Mustard seeds - 1/2 tsp
  • Urad dal - 1/2 tsp
  • Chana dal - 1/2 tsp
  • Cumin seeds - 1/4 tsp
  • Asafetida / Hing - A pinch


  1. Wash and pressure cook raw banana / Vazhakkai in high flame for one whistle.
  2. Raw banana should be 3/4 th cooked. Remove the skin and grate it using a bigger grater.
  3. Temper all the ingredients given above. Saute onion, green chilli, curry leaves and ginger.
  4. Add the grated vazhakkai, salt and turmeric powder. Mix gently.
  5. Lastly add grated coconut, toss well and switch off the flame. Enjoy with sambar rice!


  • Wash and cut the raw banana (Vazhakkai) into two pieces. Take 1.5 cups of water in a pressure cooker base and add the vazhakkai. Cook in high flame for one whistle. Remove the lid after steam is released.
    Vazhakkai podimas recipe
  • Peel the skin of raw banana. Wash it under tap water to cool down the raw banana. Grate it using big sized grater. Set aside. Chop onion, green chilli, ginger and curry leaves.
    Vazhakkai podimas recipe
  • Heat oil in a kadai. Splutter mustard seeds, urad dal, chana dal, cumin seeds. Saute onion, green chilli, ginger and curry leaves.
    Vazhakkai podimas recipe
  • Add grated raw banana. Mix gently. Lastly add grated coconut, mix well and switch off the flame.
    Vazhakkai podimas recipe
  • Enjoy with rice and papad !


  • For variations, you can use red chilli instead of green chilli.
  • If you like masala flavor, you can try adding red chilli pwd, dhania powder and garam masala powder.
Try this easy, yummy raw banana podimas with rice and enjoy !

Vazhakkai podimas

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Chitra said...

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