Vazhakkai podimas / Grated raw banana stir fry / Raw banana podimas

Written by: 7aumsuvai

Vazhakkai podimas is a simple and healthy stir fried curry prepared with raw banana / vazhakkai / plantain which goes very well with hot rice and sambar or even with any variety rice.

Vazhakkai podimas


Serve 3 to 4

      • 3 nos – Raw banana / vazhakkai
      • 1 no – Onion (chopped finely)
      • 1/4 tsp – Turmeric powder
      • 2 tbsp – Grated coconut (optional)
      • 1 tbsp – Coriander leaves for garnishing
      • Salt to taste


      • 1 tbsp – Oil
      • 1/4 tsp – Mustard seeds
      • 1/4 tsp – Split black gram / ulunthu
      • 1/4 tsp – Bengal gram / chana dal / kadalai paruppu
      • 1/4 tsp – Cumin seeds / jeera
      • 3 nos – Dry red chillies
      • 5 to 6 nos – Curry leaves
      • 3 pinches – Asafoetida

Vazhakkai podimas

Preparation method:

How to cook raw banana:

  1. Wash raw banana and cut into halves as shown in the picture. Heat water in a wide vessel, add raw banana, little turmeric powder and salt, bring it to boil and cook until raw banana is soft but not mushy.
  2. Drain the water completely and allow them to cool completely. Remove the skin and grate it (use grater with big holes).

Vazhakkai podimas

Vazhakkai podimas

Making of podimas:

  1. Heat oil in a pan, season with items given in the list for seasonings. Add onion and required salt, saute until translucent. Followed by turmeric powder and saute for few seconds.
  2. Remove the flame to low, add grated raw banana and cook for 2 to3 minutes or until well cooked. Check for salt and switch off the stove. Garnishing with grated coconut and serve with hot rice and spicy curry.

Vazhakkai podimas


  • You may replace dry red chillies with green chillies.
  • Grated coconut is completely optional.
  • Do not over cook whole raw banana otherwise you may not be able to grate it.
  • Use grater with big holes to grate raw banana.

Vazhakkai podimas


  1. vazhakkai podimas looks delicious, perfect with rice and sambar..

  2. Vazhakkai podimas arumai, luv your detailed explanation!


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