Monday, March 11, 2013


This is yet another variety of a traditional dish made using smoked vegetables.I learnt this recipe from my mother in law.I have already posted a recipe for Vazhakkai Podimas but this recipe falls under podi varieties that can be served with oil/ghee This smoked vazhakkai podi is at its best when served with hot rice and ghee accompanied by pachadi. 

Raw Banana: 1
Urad dhal: 2 tablespoon
Toor dhal: 1/2 tsp
Salt: 1/2 tsp
Red chili: 3
Asafoetida: pinch
Oil: 1 tsp


  1. Cook the raw banana in direct flame in stove. Rotate it so that it cooks well on all sides
  2. Roast until the peel turns completely black and allow this to cool
  3. Meanwhile heat 1 tsp of oil in a pan and fry urad dal and toor dal first
  4. Once it is half done add  the red chillies and fry until the dhal turns golden brown
  5. Add the asafeotida nd allow this cool
  6. Now peel the raw banana and cut it into cubes
  7. First grind the fried dhal and red chillies along with salt in the mixie.
  8. Then add the cubes raw banana and just pulse it for a few seconds
  9. Serve this podi with hot rice with a few drops of sesame oil
Be cautious while smoking the raw bananas. It take more time than smoking eggplants
If you do not want to risk with smoking, cut the raw bananas into half and either steam cook or cook in microwave for 5 - 7 min
This does not have a good shelf life. Refrigerate if this needs to be used for the next day

Step By Step pictures
Smoke the raw banana

Peel and cut into cubes. Fry the dhal, chillies

First grind the dhal and then pulse the raw banana


  1. Never knew that podis could be made with banana...good one..will give this one a shot!

  2. That's a very new dish...

  3. Never heard about this podi,quite completely new for me..fantastic podi.

  4. Wow I never knew one can make this with raw plantain as well..your step by step really helps here..:)..thanks

  5. waw thats such an innovative way to make the dish!

  6. Smoking banana...Wow this is the first time I am hearing such a thing. I bet this tastes even nicer than it looks :)

  7. This recipe and method are so new to m. I am a huge fan of podi's and am bookmarking this one...

  8. My fav podi.. looks absolutely tempting.. First time here.. Happy to follow your space :)

  9. Interesting one. First time hearing about smoked raw banana.

  10. Nallaa suttu:) thallareenga Sailaja! :) this is a new recipe to me!

  11. Very interesting podi. Didn't know that raw banana can be used in podi. Bookmarked...

  12. I love anything with plantain - I am sure this podi must be delicious - especially in rice

  13. This recipe is so good! We make the vazhakkai podi with steamed Vazhakkai. never heard about roasting them. Will try it soon :)

  14. very new and very tempting... i am bookmarking this!!!!
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  15. Lovely one! Never heard of smoked plantain podi..

  16. Wow.. roasting plantain is totally new to me. Podi sounds delicious.

  17. this is absolutely new recipe for me, thanks for sharing this

  18. I just realized how long it has been not having this. Delicious

  19. This looks just awesome! I love podimas and am sure to love this. Have never had it though. Lovely dish

  20. enakku romba pidikum!!!Lovely the spice and flavour in it!!

  21. very new and innovative recipe dear, first time here and sure gonna try this one ;)

  22. My mom used to make this, don't know if she used to cook/dry roast the banana. have to try this