The dish I am presenting you today, is a specialty of my grandmother Janaki Paati. She often makes it as the Raw banana ( Naatu Vazhakai )required for this dish is abundantly available in Tirunelveli as opposed to our cities. So whenever we go to see her, this is prepared specially for us.This whole set of snaps were taken at my Paati s house. I had prepared it in her kitchen during my last year s visit to see her.
Country Raw Banana ( Naatu Vazhakai ) - 4
Small onions - 1 cup
Green Chilies - 1/2 cup
Coconut scrapings - 1/2 cup
For tempering - mustard seeds, oil and curry leaves
Salt to taste
Cut the head and tail of the raw banana and steam them for about 15 mins
Peel off the skin and set aside
Using the slicer, make tiny pieces of the steamed raw banana just like you would scrape carrot for halwa
Cut small onions and green chilies into small pieces
Heat oil in a pan and add the mustard seeds followed by curry leaves
Wait till the mustard seed sputters and then add the cut small onions along with green chilies
Saute well, till the onions are translucent
Now add the raw banana scrapings and stir well.
Adjust salt at this point
Switch of the flame and then add the coconut scrapings.
Serve hot with sambhar rice