Apr 20, 2008

Plantain podimas - Thanjavur style

This is again one of my favourite receipe. In my mom's place, I haven't seen her making podimas with platain (vazhakkai). But in my In-laws place, they make this plantain podimas. The main ingredients are as follows:
Ingredients:-
  1. Plantain(vaazhakkai) - 2
  2. Oil - 2 tbsp
  3. Mustard seeds - 1/2 tsp
  4. Urid dal - 1/2 tsp
  5. Fresh coconut - 1 tbsp
  6. Green chillies - 2
  7. ginger - a small piece
  8. Lemon juice - 1 tbsp
  9. Salt to taste
  10. Curry leaves - 10 nos
  11. Turmeric powder - 1/4 tsp
  12. Asafoetida powder -
There are two ways of cooking vazhakkai here, one is remove the skin, cut it into small cubes, pressure cook it adding salt and turmeric powder, upto 2 whistles ( do not mash the cubes). The other method is, cut the vazhakkai into two pieces (after removing the edges), pressure cook it adding salt to it upto 2 whistles. After taking it out from the pressure cooker, remove the skin(it will be easier) mash it. You can choose either one.

Now take a wide pan, pre heat the oil, add mustard seeds, when it splutters add urid dal, green chillies, curry leaves, asafoetida powder, turmeric powder (if you choose the second method of cooking), ginger and try it till golden brown. Now add the vazhakkai pieces or mashed vazhakkai to it and mix everything thoroughly. Turn off the stove and let it cool. After 10 mts add the lemon juice to it and mix it. Sprinkle the fresh coconut on top of it. Vazhakkai podimas is ready to serve. This shoule be a wonder side dish for vatha kozhambu or any kind of kozhambu.

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