There’s one plant /tree that every part is used in cooking and edible is the banana tree. Every part of the banana tree, from the stem, flower, vegetable, and fruit is edible. Raw Banana/ Green Banana is a versatile vegetable that can be made shallow fried, deep-fried, in curries, and roasted. Of all these, a typical south-Indian way of treating this raw green banana is our favorite. We call it VAZHAIKKAI PUTTU. It is very mildly spiced and makes a great side for sambar, kara kuzhambu and rasam rice. The key to getting a soft, yet not mushy Vazhaikkai puttu was to properly cook the Vazhaikkai/raw banana. If this step is carefully done, the rest of the recipe falls into place quickly. Do try this simple, yet tasty Vazhaikkai Puttu for your lunch side.
- The key step in this puttu is to cook the Vazhaikkai/raw banana carefully. It should be cooked soft, but not mushy.
- You can replace chopped onions with chopped small onions for more tastuer Vazhaikkai puttu.