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Vazhaikaai podimas

This is a typical Tambram recipe - though I am not a massive fan of raw plantain, I can gulp down every single morsel if it is made this way. Using the same method, you can substitute potato for plantain and make yummy urulai podimaas (உருளை பொடிமாஸ்)

First, gather around these important items:

Raw plantain - 2
Toor dal, parboiled - 2 tbsp

Urad dal - 1 tsp
Channa dal - 1 tsp
Mustard seeds - 1 tsp
Green chillies - 1-2
Ginger - 1 inch piece
Dessicated coconut - 1 tbsp
Curry leaves - a handful
Salt, asafoetida and turmeric - a pinch
Oil - 2 tbsp

To start with, cut a plantain roughly into 3 small chunks and drop it in salted, boiling water. Do not peel the skin now. Once it is cooked, drain the hot water and keep the veg aside.
Cook the toor dal till it is half done.
In a non-stick pan, heat the oil. Drop the channa and ural dals in it and saute till golden. Next, add the slit green chillies and continue sauteing. Add grated ginger, dessicated coconut and torn curry leaves and fry for a minute or two. Finally, add some mustard seeds and allow it to splutter.
Strain the parboiled toor dal so no water remains and mix with the ingredients of the pan and let it all cook together.
Meanwhile, peel the skin off the cooked plantains and mash the chunks roughly, using the back of a fork. Season it with salt.
Add the mashed plantains to the non-stick pan and mix well. Add asafoetida and turmeric, check the salt and mix well.
Serve hot with rice.

Posted by DesiGirl 23:29  


  1. apu said...
    wow ! I love this dish...though never made it myself. must try it out during a weekend, you make it sound so easy ! (And why doesnt your blog allow non-google IDs. I'm having to sign in with my old blog ID)
    Nandita said...
    This one is quite a favourite of mine too...this plus nai vitta rasam saadam is blissful right?
    Dee said...
    CARBS!!!! Who am kidding? Looks delicious:)
    Shameem Akthar said...
    what I love about your recipes are really that they are so simple, super-fast and no-fuss, yet cater to south indian tongue! verrrry nice. Shameem Akthar

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