Vazhakkai or Raw plantain is a good candidate for podimass curry and is one of the tamil specialities. Here is the recipe that my mom-in-law follows. Its very simple and retains the actual flavour of vazhakkai. Its our favourite.


Raw Plantain/Vazhakkai: 3 Medium sized
Green Chillies: 5 nos.
Mustard seeds: 1tsp
Ginger (grated): 2tsp
Urad dal: 1 1/2 tsp
Turmeric: a pinch
Hing: a few pinches
A sprig of curry leaves
Lemon juice and salt as per taste


Wash the vazhakkai and remove their tips. Heat a heavy bottomed pan and boil water. Cut the plantains into two (horizontal) and cook them in the pan by adding a little salt (you will be adding more salt later).
Once cooked, peel and grate the plantains, keep aside.
In a pan, heat a little oil, add mustard seeds and allow them to sputter. Add the turmeric, hing, urad dal, green chillies, ginger and curry leaves. Add the grated plantain, add salt and saute.
At the end add the lemon juice, mix well and serve with rice.

Ciao till next time...Have fun! Vidya.