Raw plantain / Valaikkai / Vazhaikai are one of the most important vegetable in south India. This is nothing but the unripe banana; these are cooked, boiled or fried. It is a good source of fiber, vitamins and minerals and contains a starch that may help blood sugar, manage weight and lower blood cholesterol levels.
I have prepared raw plantain or Raw Banana or Vazhaikkai Poriyal as one of the dish in my Tamil New Year feast. Let us move on to the recipe…
- Raw plantain / Raw Banana / Vazhaikkai – 1 no
- Onion – 1 no
- Turmeric powder – ½ tsp
- Mustard seeds – ¼ tsp
- Split black gram – ¼ tsp
- Curry leaves – a string
- Green chili – 1 no
- Grated Coconut – 1 ½ tbsp
- Cumin powder – ½ tsp
- Salt to taste
- Oil – 2 tsp
- Peel and finely chop the raw plantain, soak them in a bowl of water to avoid them from discoloring.
- Peel and finely chop the onion. Slit the green chili into two equal halves.
- Pressure-cook the raw plantain pieces in water with salt and ¼ tsp of turmeric powder for 1 whistle.
- Release the pressure, open the lid, drain the water and keep the raw plantain pieces aside.
- Heat oil in a kadai, add mustard seeds, split black gram, green chili and curry leaves. Wait until they crackle.
- Add the onions and cook until they turn transparent.
- Add in the boiled raw plantain pieces, along with ¼ tsp of turmeric powder, cumin powder and salt. Cook for few mins, until the raw smell goes off.
- Add in the grated coconut and cook until the coconut is well fried.
Serve hot as side dish for lunch.