Thursday, August 7, 2014

Vazhakkai Podi/Raw Banana Podi

                                                              Vazhakkai Podi is a rare and traditional recipe my grandmom used to make.It is slightly different from curry and the regular podis.It can be had with sambar rice as an accompaniment, as vegetable and of course had as a podi with hot rice and gingelly oil or ghee and last but not the least it is a great accompaniment for curd rice.It is a very rare recipe so i thought i will record it.

You will Need
  • One Raw Banana
  • Two tsp Urad dal
  • Two tsp Tur dhal
  • A pinch of Asafoetida
  • Two to Three Red Chillies
  • One tsp Gingelly Oil
  • Salt to taste
How to
1.Cut the banana in to two and boil it in the pressure cooker or roast it in the flame till the skin becomes dark.
 2.Let it cool,peel off the skin and grate the raw banana and keep it aside.
  3.Heat a pan with one tsp of oil and roast the urad dal,tur dal and the red chillies.Fry until the dals become golden brown.Let it cool completely.
 4.In a dry mixer powder the raosted dals,chillies,salt and asafoetida..
 5.Powder in to a coarse powder
 6.Add the grated raw banana and whip for a second.
 7.Do not over grind it.otherwise it will become a thick mass.

Enjoy the podi as accompaniment for rice or as you wish.


  • It can be substituted for a thogayal when you are making Mor Kozhambu. 
  • It can be kept in the fridge and used for few days.
  • Use dry mixer and dry vessel to store it.


Chitra said...

Very recently I learnt this from my mil.its very similar to urs :)

Chitra said...

Very recently I learnt this from my mil.its very similar to urs :)

HBR Bangalore said...

Hi uma, thanks for sharing grandma's recipe .

jaya's recipes said...

Thank you!

Gsarma said...

Hi Uma, my mom has always had one more step for this recipe.

Heat 1 tbsp coconut oil, splutter mustard seeds and curry leaves. Once ready add the podi to it along with fresh shredded coconut and stir until it is steamy.