Vazhakkai Podimas Recipe (Ayurvedic Recipe With No onion No Garlic)
The Vazhakkai Podimas Recipe is a very simple and wholesome Ayurvedic recipe made from raw bananas. The recipe using less oil and has subtle flavors from the asafoetida, roasted urad dal and curry leaves. The addition of lemon is very important to bring out the flavors of the dish.
Did you know the green raw banana is a good source of fiber, vitamins and minerals. It contains a resistant starch, which is a type of starch that cannot be broken down by enzymes in your digestive system hence it acts more like a fiber than a starch. Hence it helps in regulating blood sugar, manage weight and also help lower blood cholesterol levels.
- 3 Raw Bananas
- 1 tablespoon Sesame (Gingelly) Oil
- 1 teaspoon Mustard seeds
- 1 teaspoon Urad dal
- 1/2 teaspoon Asafoetida (hing)
- 1/2 teaspoon Turmeric powder (Haldi)
- 2 sprig Curry leaves
- Salt , to taste
- 1/2 teaspoon Lemon juice
How to make Vazhakkai Podimas Recipe (Ayurvedic Recipe With No onion No Garlic)
To begin making the Ayurvedic style Vazhakai Podimas recipe, first cut the raw banana into half and place it in the pressure cooker. Add 1/2 cup water and pressure cook for 3 to for whistles.
Turn off the heat and allow the pressure to release naturally.
Once the pressure has released, remove the skin from the banana (you can use the banana peel to make a chutney Kanchakalar Khosha Bata)
Place the peeled Vazhakai (raw banana) in a bowl and using a fork, lightly mash it - it should not be a smooth mash, but should have a few small chunks to add to the texture. Keep this aside. Ensure you mash it when it is warm.
You can also optionally cut it into small pieces.
In the same pressure cooker, add the raw peanuts, a pinch of salt 1/4 cup of water and pressure cooker for 3 whisltes and turn off the heat. Allow the pressure to release naturally.
The final step is to add the tadka.
Heat oil in a pan over medium heat; add the mustard seeds and urad dal. Allow it to crackle and allow the dal to brown unitl golden in color. Once the urad dal is browned, add the asafortida and the curry leaves.
Stir in the turmeric powder, the cooked raw banana, peanuts and the salt. Stir fry the vazhakai podimas over medium heat for 2 to 3 minutes until all the ingredients are well combined.
Once done, turn off the heat and stir in the lemon juice. Check the salt and adjust to suit your taste. Transfer to a serving bowl and serve hot.
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