Thursday, January 7, 2016

Vazhaikkai Puttu | Vazhaikkai Podimas | Raw Banana Stir Fry

Vazhakkai Puttu is the one of classical dish prepared especially in Tirunelveli District.It's a  simple stir fry of raw banana with onions & grated coconut.I perfer this over Vazhaikkai varuval. Most people outside Tirunelveli District are not aware of this dish and in some place they call as "Vazhakai Podimas".But in and around of Tirunelveli, if any veggies are grated or thinly sliced and make stir fry with them,then it's named as "Puttu" instead of "Poriyal"
Though it looks simple,there are many place it goes wrong and you end up with mushy banana. When i tried this first time,it was a total disaster. After lot of attempts, now i say that i can make perfect Vazhaikkai puttu, So here i mentioned all the tips in my notes section to make perfect Vazhaikkai Puttu. 

Vazhakkai Puttu

Preparation Time : 5 mins | Cooking Time : 15 minsServes :
Recipe Category: Accompaniment | Recipe Cuisine: Indian
Raw Banana - 1 
Onion - 1 small
Green chili -1
Salt - to taste
Mustard & Urad dal - 1/2 tsp
Oil - 1/2 tsp
Curry leaves - few
Grated coconut - 11/2 tbsp

Bring 2 cup of water to boil, cut the banana into two and add into the boiling water and keep the flame in low . Cook it for 8-10 mins. At that time, the skin color of banana gets changed and also it's tender when it's pressedRemove the banana from water and allow to cool completely.Peel the skin and the grate it with grater.Now add enough salt to the grated banana and mix it well with your hand. Cut the onions into thin slices and split the green chili.Heat the oil in a nonstick pan, add the mustard & urad dal,once mustard splutters, add the onions,chili & curry leaves along with pinch of salt.Saute it well until the onions becomes translucent and then add the grated banana ,give a quick stir.Close the pan with lid and keep the flame in low,let it be for 2 mins. Then open the lid and add the grated coconut , stir well and switch off the flame.Tasty Vazhaikai Puttu is ready.


  • Grate the banana when it completely cooled ,otherwise it turns mushy.
  • Dont overcook the banana,then it will be difficult to grate.
  • Suppose your banana is  undercooked  , dont worry, after adding the grated banana in the pan,sprinkle little water and close it with lid and cook it for few more extra minutes.
  • Dont stir frequently, it will make the banana mushy.  
  • Banana should cover in the water while boiling
  • While boiling rotate the banana in between to ensure even cooking.
  • Sometime i use large hole in grater and sometimes i use small holes. The step wise pic and the end pics are taken on different days.


  1. Love your step by step explanation.. Bookmarked the recipe

    1. Thanks Sowmia, Try it and let me know your feedback.