Vazha or Plantain plant is found in abundance in the backyard of most of the houses back home.Its an awesome sight to see the drooping Plantain leaves( vazhayila) after a rainy day especially in monsoon season. My predilection for this sight is known among all those who knows me well and hence i adapted the name for my blog "Vazhayila" Almost all parts of this plant is edible and we make a variety of dishes with it. Thoran with banana flower, green banana, The skin of banana, stir fries , Curry with green and ripe plantains, the stem( Pindi) and even the seeds ( Kaa vithu). More plantain recipes here
Recipe for Kerala Style vazhakka thoran
Raw banana/ Green plantains - 4
Grated coconut - 1/2 cup
Crushed garlic - 3 cloves
Chopped green chiles - 2 nos
Shallots - 5
Turmeric powder - 1/4 tsp
Cumin seeds -- 1/2 tsp
Salt to taste
Peel and chop the raw banana into small pieces.
Cook it covered by adding a cup water and salt , till it is done.
Grind grated coconut, Turmeric powder, green chiles and crushed garlic and 3 shallots to a coarse paste.
Heat oil in a pan and add mustard seeds.
When the pop up add cumin seeds and curry leaves and chopped shallots and fry it for a minute.
Add cooked raw plantains and combine it with the coconut mix.saute for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally
Serve warm with Rice.