Vazhakai Podimas

Vazhakai is nothing but the vegetable plantain. It's a powder packed vegetable as it contains potassium and other vitamins. Podimas is like burji style, we cut the plantain into small cubes and saute it with oil, mustard, red chili, onion tempering and cook it till soft.

Vazhakai podimas is best served with white rice, rasam sadham or curd rice. Curd rice with vazhakai podimas is one of my childhood favorites and my mom cooks this every now and then. Do give it a try and let me know your valuable feedback. Happy Cooking!!! 😋😊😊


1 plantain
1 medium sized onion
1/4 cup water
2 dry red chilli
1 tsp mustard seeds
1/2 tsp split urad dhal
1 tbsp cooking oil
1 sprig curry leaves
salt to taste
a pinch of turmeric powder
1 tbsp chopped coriander leaves


Heat a wok with oil. Once the oil is warm enough add mustard seeds, urad dhal. When it starts to sputter add dry red chillies, curry leaves and chopped onions. Saute till onions become translucent. Chop the plantain into small cubes and add it to the wok.

Tip: you can wash and chop the plantain and put it in salt water so that it does not change its color.

Add salt.

Add turmeric powder.

Add little water.

Cook it covered for about 4-5 minutes, stirring in between.

Once the vegetable is thoroughly cooked, check for salt and adjust accordingly.

Tip: Red chilies and turmeric are the only spices added to this recipe. Hence you can add more or less of dried red chilies as per your taste.

Finally add chopped coriander leaves and switch off the flame.

Tada! vazhakai podimas is ready. This is a very simple yet tasty recipe which my mom prepares so quickly. 

Serve the plantain stir fry/ vazhakai podimas with curd rice or rasam rice. Trust me it tastes yum!


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