Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Podi Vazhakkai Poriyal (Spicy Plantain Poriyal)

With plantain we try fritters/bhajji, Vazhakkai poriyal or Vazhakkai puttu. But this is a very different, simple and delicious poriyal by adding ground roasted powder to this plantain. It tastes great with sambar and also goes very well with curd rice too.


Plantain/Raw Banana - 2
Tamarind water - 1/4 cup (very thin)
Turmeric powder - 1/2 tsp
Mustard - 1/2 tsp
Urad dal - 1 tsp
Oil - 1 tbsp
Salt - to taste

For ground powder:

Bengal gram - 1 tbsp
Urad dal - 1 tbsp
Corriander seeds/Dhania - 1 tbsp
Red chilli - 2 or 3


1) In a pan, dry roast all ingredients for making ground powder.

2) Once it cools, make a coarse powder of it.

3) Then peel off the plantain skin and cut to small cubes. (Cut the plantain once you are ready to cook, else it will become dark)

4) Then in a pan, add the oil. Once it is hot, add the mustard seeds. Let it splutter and add the urad dal. Then add the cut plantain.

5) Saute it for few mins. Then add tamarind water and turmeric powder. Also add salt to it and let it cook. (do not add too much of tamarind water, as it will be so tangy and gets over cooked)

6) Once it is almost done, about 3/4 cooked, add the ground powder to it and mix it very well.

7) Let it cook about for a minute and your spicy plantain poriyal is ready now.

Tasty podi vazhakkai is ready to go with sambar or even with curd rice.