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Vazhakkai (Raw Banana) Podimas

 While growing up, vazhakkai made an appearance on the menu very frequently and especially on Fridays at my grandparent's place...my paati usually made poriyal with fresh coconut and my parents often made a spicy vazhakkai fry (deep fried goodness) and this podimas. I had good success making podimas when in Singapore but somehow after moving to the US, the podimas did not turn out good the few times I attempted it and that's when I discovered that it's because the 'green banana' is not the same as we get in India... Once I started buying the correct type of raw banana instead - called Burro Banana, it all clicked into place. After that we have enjoyed this podimas often and it is a tasty favorite.  VAZHAKKAI (Raw Banana) PODIMAS  Ingredients:  Raw Burro Banana - 2  Shallots (chinna vengayam) - 6-8 (depending on size) - chopped (you can substitute with half of a big onion) Ginger - 1 inch piece, grated or minced Green Chillies - 5 to 6, minced Grated fresh coconut -

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