Vazhakai Podimas (Steamed Plantain Curry)

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Vazhakai Podimas (Steamed Plantain Curry)
This is a low fat, vegan, gluten free, tasty side dish made out of steamed plantains. A healthy alternative to fried plantains. Excellent accompaniment for sambar rice and rasam rice. Simple ingredients, steamed, and delicous.
Course Side dish
Cuisine South Indian
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 plus 5 minutes
Servings
servings
Ingredients
  • 2 long or 4 small plantains
  • 1 small piece ginger
  • 1/2 cup grated coconut
  • 1 sprig Curry leaves
  • 1 tsp Salt or to taste
  • 2 tbsp lime or lemon juice
To Temper
  • 1 tbsp coconut oil
  • 1 tsp Mustard seeds
  • 1 tbsp urad dal
  • 1/2 tsp Hing
Course Side dish
Cuisine South Indian
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 plus 5 minutes
Servings
servings
Ingredients
  • 2 long or 4 small plantains
  • 1 small piece ginger
  • 1/2 cup grated coconut
  • 1 sprig Curry leaves
  • 1 tsp Salt or to taste
  • 2 tbsp lime or lemon juice
To Temper
  • 1 tbsp coconut oil
  • 1 tsp Mustard seeds
  • 1 tbsp urad dal
  • 1/2 tsp Hing
Instructions
  1. Cut the ends of the plantains. If long, cut in half. With a little water, steam in a pressure cooker or instant pot (sealed) for 8 minutes, keeping the skin on. When pressure is released, let cool. The skin can then be peeled off very easily.
  2. Grate ginger, chop green chilies, and grate the plantains using a box grater's large holes or any grater with large holes.
  3. Heat coconut oil. When hot, splutter mustard seeds. Add urad dal, hing. Saute for a few seconds until the dal turns golden brown. Add ginger, curry leaves, and green chilies and saute.
  4. Add the grated plantains, and salt. Mix well for a few minutes.
  5. Add grated coconut. Turn heat off. Add lemon juice.
  6. Enjoy with rasam rice, or sambar and rice.
Recipe Notes

This way of minimal cooking (steaming and basic seasoning) is called podimas. Not sure where the name comes from, but it's my favorite way of making and enjoying vazhakai (plantains) as well as potatoes. Simple, bright, and clean flavors with lime/lemon, green chili and ginger.

 

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