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Vazhakkai Podimas / Plantain Stir Fry Recipe

Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time25 mins
Course: Curry, Side Dish
Cuisine: South Indian
Servings: 4
Author: Hari Chandana Ponnaluri


  • 2 Plantain / Raw Banana, medium sized
  • 1 large Onion, finely chopped
  • 3 – 4 tbsp Grated Fresh Coconut
  • 4 Green Chillies
  • 1/2 tsp Mustard Seeds
  • 1/2 tsp Urad Dal
  • 1/4 tsp Turmeric Powder
  • 1 Sprig Curry Leaves
  • 1.5 tbsp Oil
  • A big pinch of Hing
  • Salt to taste


  • Cut the plantain into two pieces. Put them in a vessel of water and cook until soft.
  • Do not overcook. The plantain should be soft and firm enough to grate.
  • Remove from water and cool.
  • Remove the peel and grate the plantains using a grater with big holes.
  • Heat oil in a pan and add the mustard seeds and urad dal and let them splutter.
  • Add the slit green chillies, curry leaves and hing and fry for a few seconds.
  • Then add the finely chopped onion and fry till onions turn golden brown color.
  • Now add the grated plantain, salt and turmeric powder and combine well.
  • Reduce the flame to low and fry for 3 – 4 minutes.
  • Add the coconut and mix well.
  • Turn off the flame and serve hot with rice.