Sunday, February 13, 2011

Vazhakkai / Green (Unripe) Banana Puttu

I like Vazhakkai very much. This recipe is very different from the usual preparation. This is an ideal side dish if your Kuzhambu/Curry is hot and spicy.

Green(Unripe) Banana or Raw Plaintain (Large) 3
Dried Red Chillies 3
Kadalai Paruppu / Channa Dhal 2tsp
Pearl Onions  4
Curry Leaves 5
Mustard Seeds  ¾ tsp
Salt ½ tsp or to taste

Chop Pearl Onions.  Cut Red Chillies into halves.
Cook Raw Plaintain along with its skin.  Remove the skin and grate it.

Heat Oil in a pan. When it is hot, add Mustard Seeds. Wait till it completes popping up, reduce flame. Add Curry Leaves, Dried Red Chillies and Pearl Onions. Fry till the Onions turn slightly brown.
Add grated Raw Plaintain and Salt. Mix well. Fry on a medium flame till done. Do not fry for a longer time as it becomes over crispy.

Serves: 3
Serve with Rice and any Kuzhambu.

Notes: Make sure Green Banana is not overcooked.

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